11 December 2008

david mitchell - cloud atlas

cloud atlas || david mitchell || 5.0/5.0 stars

i absolutely loved this book. so much, that i'll just leave you with a quote from the new york times, and a few of the quotes from the book that i wrote down as favorites.

from the new york times review on the back of the book:

So let it be said that Mitchell is, clearly, a genius. He writes as though at the helm of some perpetual dream machine, can evidently do anything, and his ambition is written in magma across this novel's every page.

granted, that leaves out the reviewer's reasonable complaints about some aspects of the book, but i think is a good description of the author overall.

some of my favorite quotes:

1. i knew not the answer, nor whence flew the surety of my younger years.
2. yet what is any ocean but a multitude of drops?
3. a half-finished book is a half-finished love affiar.
4. fantasy. lunacy. all revolutions are, until they happen, and then they are historical inevitabilities.

maybe i'm just a sucker for well-written prose. the six stories in the book cover six very different styles and command of the english language. i loved them all.

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