Rebecca’s June Recommendation

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

“This is absolutely, hands down, one of the best books that I have read in a long time.  While this came out back in 2004, it didn’t really appear on my radar until I read that it was being made into a movie starring actors like Tom Hanks, Susan Sarandon, Halle Berry, and Hugo Weaving and written and directed by the people responsible for the Matrix.  Cloud Atlasis a highly imaginative and beautifully written work that takes the reader through six separate but loosely related narratives.  Without giving anything away, the stories are as follows: ‘A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan’s California; a vane publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified “dinery server” on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilization’.  Mitchell’s book manages to weave history, science fiction, suspense, mystery, humor, and pathos into one book that ultimately is an examination of what it means to be human.  This was a beautiful work of literary fiction, and I appreciated the fact that each story was as equally fascinating as its predecessor.”

Read about it or request it from the library catalog!

3 Similar Reads (Fiction)

1) A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan (Access to library catalog here)

2) Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace (Access to library catalog here)

3) Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro (Access to library catalog here)

3 Similar Reads (Nonfiction)

1) Fate, Time, and Language by David Foster Wallace (Access to library catalog here)

2) What Is Man? by Mark Twain (Access to library catalog here)

3) Time and Free Will by Henri Bergson


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