Author: David Mitchell
Category: Orpheus – unaccepted death
Year of publication: 2004
Goodreads: Cloud Atlas
The narrators hear their echoes in history and change their destinies in ways great and small, in a study of humanity’s dangerous will to power. A reluctant voyager crosses the Pacific in 1850. A disinherited composer gatecrashes in between-wars Belgium. A vanity publisher flees gangland creditors. Others are a journalist in Governor Reagan’s California, and genetically-modified dinery server on death-row. Finally, a young Pacific Islander witnesses the nightfall of science and civilization.
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It’s a good book, but it’s hard to fill into Freytag’s pyramid because the structure is different to most other books.