"Cloud Atlas is, obviously, a formidable creation. . . . Fellow novelists will find it hard not to heap . . . praise on David Mitchell, whose brilliance takes one's breath away in a manner not unlike a first experience of Chartres or the Duomo."
--"The Globe and Mail
""Cloud Atlas is a head rush, both action-packed and chillingly ruminative."
"Mitchell's range is astonishing, moving effortlessly from elegant genre fiction to satire to high-end literary pyrotechnics....to Mitchell -- prodigiously skilled and gloriously ambitious -- I can only say, bravo!"
""Cloud Atlas""imposes a dizzying series of milieus, characters and conflicts upon us . . . [and] feels like a doggedly expert gloss on various writers and modes."
--"The New York Times"
"Audacious, dazzling.... Readers who enjoy the 'novel as puzzle' will find much to savor in this original and occasionally very entertaining work."
""The novel as series of nested dolls or Chinese boxes, a puzzle-book, and yet -- not "just" dazzling, amusing or clever but heartbreaking and passionate, too. I've never read anything quite like it, and I'm grateful to have lived, for a while, in all its many worlds, which are all one world, which is, in turn, enchanted by Mitchell's spell-caster prose, our own."
Advance UK reviews for "Cloud Atlas"
"the third novel from the genre-busting David Mitchell, author of""Ghostwritten and the Booker-shortlisted Number9Dream is a remarkable book, made up of six resonating strands; the narrative reaches back into the 19th century, to colonialism and savagery in the Pacific islands, and forwards into a dark future, beyond the collapse of civilisation. It knits together science fiction, political thriller and historical pastiche with musical virtuosity and linguistic exuberance: there won't be a bigger, bolder novel next year."
--Justine Jordan, " Guardian," Preview oshow more