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The novel opens with one ship - the Prophetess - and ends with another ship that contains the survivors of Civ'lise, the Prescients.

Each has a charac ter with a birthmark like a comet, as though they might be different incarnations of the same soul or different forms of the same cloud of molecules, as we all are. They are linked by other artifices - Frobisher finds both parts of Adam Ewing's Pacific diary; Luisa Rey acquires both David mitchell cloud atlas letters and a rare gramophone record of the Sextet ; Cavendish is sent "The First Luisa Rey Mystery" by its author; Sonmi's dying request is to watch an old half-viewed film of "The Ghastly Ordeal of Timothy Cavendish", to see what happened.

Sonmi herself has become the goddess of the Valley Tribes of Zachry, although the Prescients - david mitchell cloud atlas have preserved a hologram of her "orison", or recorded testimony - say she was a "freakbirthed human who died hun'erds o years ago". Cloud Atlas is powerful and elegant because of Mitchell's understanding of the way we respond to those fundamental and primitive stories we tell about good david mitchell cloud atlas evil, love and destruction, beginnings and ends.

He isn't afraid to jerk tears or ratchet up suspense - he understands that's what we make stories for.

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As if Art is the What, david mitchell cloud atlas the How! Mitchell is indeed both doing what has been done a hundred thousand times before and doing it differently. He plays delicious games with other people's voices, ideas and characters.

Shan't know until it's finished, and by then it'll be too late.

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The multivalent meaning of this one element is an example of the many prefigurings and reverberations that give depth and suchness to this ambitious novel.

As a result, the linkages between the six narratives are david mitchell cloud atlas, perhaps impossible, to summarize. But let me propose a Philip K. Dicksian way of approaching this interconnectivity.

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From there we jump to the West Coast in the s and a david mitchell cloud atlas reporter named Luisa Rey, who stumbles upon a web of corporate greed david mitchell cloud atlas murder that threatens to claim her life.

And onward, with dazzling virtuosity, to an inglorious present-day England; to a Korean superstate of the near future where neocapitalism has run amok; and, finally, to a postapocalyptic Iron Age Hawaii in the last days of history.

Ewing witnesses a Moriori slave being flogged by a Maori overseer. During the punishment, the victim, Autua, sees pity in the eyes of Adam Ewing and smiles.


Later Ewing ascends a high hill called Conical Tor and stumbles into its crater, where david mitchell cloud atlas finds himself surrounded by faces carved into trees.

Reasoning that those who carved the faces must have had egress from the crater, he escapes. As the ship gets underway, Dr.

Goose, Ewing's only friend aboard the ship, examines the injuries sustained on david mitchell cloud atlas volcano and Ewing also mentions his chronic ailment. The doctor diagnoses it as a fatal parasite and recommends a course of treatment.

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Meanwhile, Autua has stowed away in Ewing's cabin; and Ewing breaks this news to the Captain, to whom Autua proves himself a first class seaman, whereupon the Captain puts him to work for his passage to Hawaii. It is told in the form of letters from Robert Frobisher, a recently disowned and penniless bisexual young English musician, to his david mitchell cloud atlas Rufus Sixsmith, after Frobisher journeys to Zedelghem to become an amanuensis to the reclusive once-great composer Vyvyan Ayrs, who is dying of syphilis and nearly blind.

Frobisher takes pride in this david mitchell cloud atlas has begun composing his own music again. Frobisher and Ayrs' wife Jocasta become lovers, but her daughter Eva remains suspicious of him.

Frobisher sells rare books from Ayrs' collection to a fence, including half of The Pacific Journal of Adam Ewing, and has suspicions that Dr.

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Goose is poisoning Adam. Once, Ayrs has Frobisher write a song inspired by a dream of a "nightmarish cafe", deep underground, wherein "the waitresses all had the same face", and ate soap. She meets Rufus Sixsmith in david mitchell cloud atlas stalled elevator, and she tells him about her late father, one of the few incorruptible policemen in the city, who became a famous war correspondent.