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DescriptionAn apocalyptic cult member carries out a gas attack on a rush-hour metro, but what links him to a jazz buff in downtown Tokyo? Or to a Mongolian gangster, a woman on a holy mountain who talks to a tree, and a late night New York DJ? Set at the fugitive edges of Asia and Europe, Ghostwritten weaves together a host of characters, their interconnected destinies determined by the inescapable forces of cause and effect. A magnificent achievement and an engrossing experience, David Mitchell's first novel announced the arrival of one of the most exciting writers of the twenty-first century.
- Published: 03 August 2014
- Format: Paperback 448 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780340739754 ISBN 10: 0340739754
- Sales rank: 4,031
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Reviews for Ghostwritten
Different, but a Great Read
For the casual reader, it's best to think of Ghostwritten as a collection of short stories. Yes, the stories are all interrelated and come together somewhat towards the end, but if you think going into it that it's one big story with just one big narrative, you might find the book challenging. Just as you get into one story, it ends and you're moved on to the next one, which can throw the pacing off for some people - which is why it's much nicer to think of it as a few short stories, with a number of linking elements that overall make up a greater narrative.
As for the stories themselves, they're very diverse and extremely well-written. It's almost as if several different authors worked on the book, rather than David Mitchell, which is a testament to his talent as a writer. This also means that anyone looking for a particular genre or type of story may find themselves a little short here, because it goes from a cult expose to a romance story to a spiritual journey to crime. I'd say it's perfect for the reader who likes to sample a bit of everything, and if that's what you're looking for, then Ghostwritten is for you.
Also, note, the connections between the stories aren't all obvious, which in my opinion makes it better - it doesn't seem forced or in-your-face that way. There's something nice about reading the book, going online to see what you missed and then re-reading the novel to try and catch everything. Great book. by Nicholas Wong