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Publisher Description

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2004

Winner of the Richard & Judy Best Read of the Year

Souls cross ages like clouds cross skies . . .

Six interlocking lives - one amazing adventure. In a narrative that circles the globe and reaches from the 19th century to a post-apocalyptic future, Cloud Atlas erases the boundaries of time, genre and language to offer an enthralling vision of humanity's will to power, and where it will lead us.

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Fiction & Literature
September 4
Hodder & Stoughton

Customer Reviews

Florence_art_genius ,


Out of this world— highly intelligent; yet adventurous! An interesting read with philosophical undertone.

Thank you, creative brain!

newtoid ,

Painful to read

Oh my god I thought this drivel would never end. I wish I was less stubborn then I would have put it down rather than read the entire pot boiler. How people mistook this for anything other than childish dross is beyond me. Oh and hey there is a quirky twist. Contrived and unfortunately not short enough.

gattaca66 ,

Simply sublime, a fabulous work of literature!

Reading through other reviews of Cloud Atlas, it's clear that whilst others have shared my own experience of being completely transported by this book, others have simply not 'got it' - five star reviews are interspersed with the odd one-star, but that's OK....great literature should be challenging, and there are more than a few supposed classics I'd be reluctant to read past page one!

So, how do I review Cloud Atlas?! I am a voracious reader, and I have very broad tastes, from the classics to Lee Child, from Tolstoy to Rankin, but never has a book so moved me as Cloud Atlas. Over the past three or four years I have read it half a dozen times, just to enjoy the progression of the narrative, to appreciate the way in which the seemingly separate parts interweave, to enjoy the way the author uses such different writing styles for each part. It's just a joy to read, a real tour de force that makes you care, generates emotion - joy, recognition, wistfulness and an overwhelming sadness for what has been, ultimately, lost.

Each part is a real story, though, an adventure, beautifully narrated. I can see how casual readers may be put off by the style of writing at the start, archaic prose, but please, please, please bear with it.....you will not be disappointed . If just one person is persuaded to read Cloud Atlas by this, and gets the level of joy I get by reading the book, I'll consider it worth my time recommending it, something I'm rarely moved to do!

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