Chat about... Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

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Chat about... Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

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Mar 21, 2013, 9:51 am

What are the views on Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell? For those who saw the film, how does it compare? Bad, good, just the same?

Mar 22, 2013, 10:46 am

Ah, I thought I had read Cloud Atlas a few years ago and went to see the film. I was wondering where the tree was and clear island.... it was very confusing until I realized that I had read Ghostwritten and not Cloud Atlas ;) (Ghostwritten is very enjoyable, but I have to say I didn't like Number 9 Dream - his second book, mainly due to the random insertion of very weird fairytale-like stories as a break in the main plot)

Uh... Spoilers below

As for Cloud Atlas, having only seen the film I can say I liked it, but thought that some of the storylines were superfluous and could have been edited out. I thought about which would have least impact to the overall flow of the film and hit on the nulear power plant story. Having only seen the film, I have to say, I found the way in which the stories were intertwined was difficult to follow at some points.

The Korean storyline was really great. I knew something was a-foot but didn't see the servitors being recycled into their own food coming at all.

I also really enjoyed the storyline with the composers and how the music became a theme that linked in with the other stories.

Other random thoughts included the fact that I didn't recognize Hugh Grant as a canibal at all! The westerners-as-asians and asians-as-westerners make up was extremely disturbing.

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