Cloud Atlas

by David Mitchell

In Brief

An eighteenth century maritime romp; an interwar exploration of chicanery and genius; a 1970s Californian thriller; a twentieth century publishing picaresque; a nightmarishly Orwellian conspiracy story and a post-apocalyptic tale of intertribal warfare: Cloud Atlas is a multi-layered, multihued post-modern exploration of predation in all its shocking and irrepressible forms.

Why you should read it

Tribes are massacred, populaces brainwashed, genius exploited, honesty duped, civilians enslaved and children raped in what is, despite the distressing quagmire of human depravity presented, a sometimes inspirational, occasionally camp and frequently funny novel. If you care to be on the receiving end of Mitchell’s shock and awe assault on the intellect, read Cloud Atlas.

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