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Ghostwritten
by David Mitchell | Literature & Fiction
Registered by Nell-Lu of Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on 10/22/2005
Average 8 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

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20 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by Nell-Lu from Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Saturday, October 22, 2005

7 out of 10

A friend lent me Cloud Atlas, which I found interesting and quite enjoyed, in an odd sort of way. So, I was pleased to find this in a charity shop!

Again, Ghostwritten is interesting and quite enjoyable, but in a strange way. It's more a short story collection than a novel, but there are connections between the stories and a certain logic in the transition between one and the next. Each of the stories has a different setting and, in many ways, is a different genre (terrorist hides in Okinawa after the Tokyo subway nerve-gas attack, High-Fidelity-ish record shop assistant finds true love, British banker in Hong Kong cracks up...and so on).

The writing is good: fresh and flowing. The characters mostly come to life - although they're not always likable. My only real complaint is that the sections are too short - I want to know more about some of the characters and I want to know what happens next. Maybe this should have been nine separate books rather than a novel in nine parts!

Cloud Atlas fans might be interested to know that a writer named Luisa Rey gets a cameo role in the "Night Train" part of Ghostwritten.

I'm going to organise a bookray for this as I know quite a few people have it on their wishlists. PM me with your shipping preferences if you'd like to join and I'll add you to the list.

Book ray
gaelpixie, Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK - arrived 11 November 2005
baileybird, Hove, East Sussex, UK - arrived 02 December 2005
cloggy, London, UK - arrived 09 January 2006
Olifant, Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands - arrived 26 January 2006
sunlightbub, Port Sunlight, Merseyside, UK - arrived 04 March 2006
arturogrande, Coalville, Leicestershire, UK - arrived 15 April 2006
SqueakyChu, Rockville, Maryland, USA - arrived 30 May 2006
ajsmom, Quesnel, British Columbia, Canada - arrived 19 July 2006
amberC, wanguri, Northern Territory, Australia - arrived 11 August 2006
BellaMack, St Helens, Tasmania, Australia - arrived 19 September 2006
bookchoice, Hawkesbury River, New South Wales, Australia - skipped, no response to PMs
freelunch, Cairns, Queensland, Australia - arrived 23 October 2006
Fuzzywuzzy, Auckland, New Zealand -arrived 21 November 2006
Fifna, Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands - arrived 22 December 2006
marko167, Basel, Basel-Stadt, Switzerland - arrived 31 January 2007
teuffi, London, UK - arrived 01 April 2007
ilove, Eugene, Oregon, USA - skipped
keithneese, Mobile, USA - skipped
katayoun, Tehran, Iran (international) - arrived 19 June 2007
Book ray complete! 


Journal Entry 2 by Nell-Lu from Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Tuesday, November 08, 2005

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This is all packaged up and ready to send to gaelpixie. I'll pop out to the Post Office this afternoon and send it on its way. Happy reading, everyone. 


Journal Entry 3 by gaelpixie from Leeds, West Yorkshire United Kingdom on Friday, November 11, 2005

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Received from Nell-Lu - thank you! I'm really looking forward to reading this. 


Journal Entry 4 by gaelpixie from Leeds, West Yorkshire United Kingdom on Sunday, November 27, 2005

10 out of 10

I'm incredibly impressed, blown-away by this book. I read Mitchell's three novels in reverse chronological order (not that it matters), due to chance - that is the order in which they crossed my path. Ghostwritten was his first published novel. Beautifully written, it at first appears to be a collection of stories with tenuous links between each, ranging from love stories to ghost stories, folk tales to espionage thrillers. A character from one will brush shoulders with a character from another, just in passing. It is only as you read on that you discover there is a deeper connection between the chapters. Mitchell's literary skill encompasses a remarkable breadth and depth of vision. From the minutiae of the lives of a wide array of characters, through particle physics, to a shrewd grasp of the politics of globalisation and a philosophical realism that demonstrates true compassion and intelligence, Mitchell's writing is captivating - Ghostwritten is a book that I couldn't put down but at the same time was loathe to finish. It is a book I will definitely read again. Mitchell is one of the most talented writers I have ever read. I can hardly wait til the spring when his next book is published!

I enjoyed this book so much I've already ordered another copy to re-read and keep.

I'll take this to the post office tomorrow and send it on to baileybird. 


Journal Entry 5 by baileybird from Brighton & Hove, East Sussex United Kingdom on Friday, December 02, 2005

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Received this a few days ago, but this was my first chance to jump online and register it *sorry*. Thank you to gaelpixie for the lovely choccy :0)
 


Journal Entry 6 by baileybird from Brighton & Hove, East Sussex United Kingdom on Wednesday, December 28, 2005

8 out of 10

Okay, so I finished this just before Xmas but needed some time to think about it before I wrote a piece (and didn't want to trust it to the notoriously bad Xmas post either!).

Wow! I haven't read Cloud Atlas yet, it's still propping up mount TBR, so I had no introduction to the intricacies of David Mitchell's writing. The books is woven into a set of short stories, which are beatifully and subtley linked together. Each seems very different in style and tone and genre (although some of the early ones do have a similar feel). It's hard to say which I enjoyed the most, but particular favourites were the St Petersburg one, the London one and probably also the Clear Island one. Mitchell explores some interesting ideas and gets underneath the fingernails of human eccentricities and thought patterns.
Although I didn't find this easy to get into (especially after a 'popcorn' read like Patricia Cornwall), I did enjoy the short story format which helped to ease reading around a hectic pre-Xmas schedule! I am now intrigued to read more.... 


Journal Entry 7 by baileybird at Bookray in Bookray, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases on Thursday, January 05, 2006

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Popped in the post for Cloggy, along with some goodies :0) 


Journal Entry 8 by cloggy from London, Greater London United Kingdom on Monday, January 09, 2006

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Thanks Baileybird for the book and the goodies. Just what I needed on a Monday morning at work.

I have a couple of ring books ahead of this one, but should get to it soon. 


Journal Entry 9 by cloggy from London, Greater London United Kingdom on Monday, January 16, 2006

8 out of 10

There is hardly anything to add to the comments of the last journallers. I too read Cloud Atlas first and the structure of Ghostwritten mirrors that of Cloud Atlas. The main difference is that the characters of each of the stories of Ghostwritten interact in sideways manner with one another. They affect eachother's lives in an indirect manner, the death of one character causes financial difficulties for the publisher of another character four stories later.

For me, one of the pleasures of reading a novel in this form is discovering the links between the stories, recognising names and seeing the interdependencies.

My favourite are probably the first three stories and I agree with Nell-Lu that I wanted to know more about these characters.

Will PM Olifant for their addy and send it on soon 


Journal Entry 10 by cloggy from London, Greater London United Kingdom on Monday, January 16, 2006

8 out of 10

There is hardly anything to add to the comments of the last journallers. I too read Cloud Atlas first and the structure of Ghostwritten mirrors that of Cloud Atlas. The main difference is that the characters of each of the stories of Ghostwritten interact in sideways manner with one another. They affect eachother's lives in an indirect manner, the death of one character causes financial difficulties for the publisher of another character four stories later.

For me, one of the pleasures of reading a novel in this form is discovering the links between the stories, recognising names and seeing the interdependencies.

My favourite are probably the first three stories and I agree with Nell-Lu that I wanted to know more about these characters.

Will PM Olifant for their addy and send it on soon 


Journal Entry 11 by Olifant from Porthmadog, Wales United Kingdom on Thursday, January 26, 2006

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Safely arrived in Utrecht, together with James Herriot's Cat Stories. Thanks for sending and ringing. 


Journal Entry 12 by Olifant from Porthmadog, Wales United Kingdom on Monday, February 20, 2006

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‘What’s it about?’
‘Why things happen the way they do.’
‘And why do things happen the way they do?’
‘I don’t know, yet.’


A book I nearly put aside for it’s first story (I’m not particularly interested in science fiction). Glad I didn’t. The stories differ so much, geographically, in genre, in characters, in writing style and yet they are all connected in some kind of way. That's what I liked the most. When would a character be influenced by the actions of a character from another story. Although I really enjoyed this read, it's funny, witty, clever, I wasn't drawn emotionally to it.

Thanks for sharing Nell-Lu. Off it goes to sunlightbulb.

From the London story:
I watched the All-Blacks score three tries against England, and formulated the Marco Chance versus Fate Videoed Sports Match Analogy. It goes like this: when the players are out there the game is a sealed arena of interbombarding chance. But when the game is on video then every tiniest action already exists. The past, present and future exist at the same time: all the tape is there, in your hand. There can be no chance, for every human decision and random fall of the ball is already fated. Therefore, does chance or fate control our lives? Well, the answer is as relative as time. If you’re in your life, chance. Viewed from the outside, like a book you’re reading, it’s fate all the way. 


Journal Entry 13 by sunlightbub from Wallasey, Merseyside United Kingdom on Saturday, March 04, 2006

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I have't read CloudAtlas, so I'm looking forward to this. I'm intrigued that the author appears to deal with several genres in the book. I'm always fascinated by this.. 


Journal Entry 14 by sunlightbub from Wallasey, Merseyside United Kingdom on Thursday, April 06, 2006

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Update: I'm reading this now, and it is great, and not at all what I expected..I should get it out to Arturogrande on Monday. Sorry for taking so long xx 


Journal Entry 15 by arturogrande from Coalville, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Saturday, April 15, 2006

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Arrived today - thanks very much. 


Journal Entry 16 by arturogrande from Coalville, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Monday, May 22, 2006

9 out of 10

This is absolutely stunning writing, which I think would be even more enjoyable with each subsequent read.
Mitchell is a fabulous writer - his prose never seems forced and each of the stories is written in a slightly different style.
There is a wonderful sense of the connectedness of everything and the ways in which the smallest event can send out ripples to the other side of the world.
I love the way the sections stand alone while at the same time forming part of a bigger narrative - the whole book is more than the sum of its parts. And each part is so wonderfully written that when I got to the end of each section, I didn't want to leave it, but within a few sentances of the next section, I was hooked into THAT world.
This is one of the best books I have read for a long time, and I'll definitely look out for Mitchell's other works.

Thank you so much for starting this ring, Nell-Lu, and to everyone else for passing it along.

It's now on its way to SqueakyChu, who I know has great taste in books, so she'll really appreciate this. 


Journal Entry 17 by wingSqueakyChuwing from Rockville, Maryland USA on Tuesday, May 30, 2006

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It arrived today!!!

I only read one short story by David Mitchell before, but was impressed with his writing. This book looks a bit more substantial! :-)

Thanks, Nell-Lu, for including me on this bookray. 


Journal Entry 18 by wingSqueakyChuwing from Rockville, Maryland USA on Monday, July 03, 2006

9 out of 10

A mesmerizing read! What a stunning debut novel...or is it a set of short stories? Very difficult to know, as these very different stories are told so beautifully with threads connecting one to another. Each is complete within itself or can be a part of the whole.

To read this book is an amazing experience. It's to feel poetry, learn about cultures, sense fear, know humor, and feel close to someone. There is very little of the human (or even superhuman) experience that's not contained within these pages.

I tremendously enjoyed this book and will certainly seek out more writing by this phenomenal author. Thanks, Nell-Lu for sharing your book with me. I loved it!

ajsmom, do you have a treat awaiting you!!! The book is now in the mail to you in British Columbia, Canada. Enjoy! 


Journal Entry 19 by ajsmom from Quesnel, British Columbia Canada on Wednesday, July 19, 2006

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Received today, thanks! 


Journal Entry 20 by ajsmom from Quesnel, British Columbia Canada on Monday, July 31, 2006

8 out of 10

I haven't much more to add to other comments here, but I will say a few things:

I hadn't even heard of David Mitchell before this ring was offered, so I shall now put Cloud Atlas on my wish list. I was so incredibly impressed that this was a first novel - each voice in each short story felt different (the brainwashed to the thief to the ghost to the radio DJ), and the small links that held them all together were most impressive. I sometimes wonder if authors draw maps for themselves when they write novels like this? Thank you so much for sending this out as a ring, Nell-Lu; I have already recommended the book to several (non-BC - sigh) friends. I will have it in the mail this week to amberC. 


Journal Entry 21 by ajsmom at controlled release in Postal Mail, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, August 01, 2006

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Sent to amberC by airmail. 


Journal Entry 22 by wingamberCwing from Darwin, Northern Territory Australia on Friday, August 11, 2006

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Arrived safely today. Adding to the pile of bookrings I have at the moment. 


Journal Entry 23 by wingamberCwing from Darwin, Northern Territory Australia on Sunday, September 10, 2006

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I couldn't get into this book. I think it is my mood. I would like to try another David Mitchell book at another time.

I have PM'ed Bellamack and will post it as soon as I have an address. 


Journal Entry 24 by BellaMack from St Helens, Tasmania Australia on Tuesday, September 19, 2006

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Book received today, thank you amberC :) Will journal again after reading it. Thanks for sharing Nell-Lu :) 


Journal Entry 25 by BellaMack from St Helens, Tasmania Australia on Thursday, October 05, 2006

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Enjoyable read, can't add much to other readers comments. Will send on to bookchoice when I have an address, thanks Nell-Lu :) 


Journal Entry 26 by BellaMack from St Helens, Tasmania Australia on Thursday, October 12, 2006

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No luck contacting bookchoice so have PMed Fuzzywuzzy for an address. Will send off as soon as I have details. 


Journal Entry 27 by BellaMack from St Helens, Tasmania Australia on Tuesday, October 17, 2006

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Have not heard from Fuzzywuzzy but have posted off yesterday to freelunch who is a new addition to the bookring. Hope you enjoy the book freelunch and thanks Nell-Lu for your great help :) 


Journal Entry 28 by freelunch from Cairns, Queensland Australia on Monday, October 23, 2006

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book arrived today. I hadn't heard of this book or author before the call went out for help with its bookray, but it sounds interesting.

It will take me a few weeks to get to (probably a little over the prescribed four weeks) - I anticipate being ready to forward the book on early in December. 


Journal Entry 29 by freelunch from Cairns, Queensland Australia on Sunday, November 12, 2006

9 out of 10

a great read - I'm very pleased I jumped into the middle of this bookray, and I'm keen now to check out Cloud Atlas, and to find a copy of Ghostwritten I can hang onto for my wife to read.

I've PM'd Fuzzywuzzy for an address and I should have the book posted by this coming Friday. 


Journal Entry 30 by freelunch from Cairns, Queensland Australia on Wednesday, November 15, 2006

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posted today to Fuzzywuzzy in New Zealand.
thanks Nell-Lu for organizing this bookring. 


Journal Entry 31 by Fuzzywuzzy on Tuesday, November 21, 2006

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Ghostwritten has arrived in New Zealand. Thanks to Freelunch for posting it on from Oz and the Great Barrier Reef bookmark. This will be my third David Mitchell read of the year and I'm really looking forward to reading this one. There are some very worthy credits on the cover which is always a good sign. This book has certainly seen a lot of action;good to see others joining the ring. I'm tempted to read what others have said about the book but I'm wary of plotspoilers. I'm currently reading a 700 pager but will try to get this read within 4 weeks. 


Journal Entry 32 by Fuzzywuzzy on Wednesday, December 13, 2006

8 out of 10

Well, I left feeling slightly deflated at the end;I'll be honest I wasn't too sure what was going on at the end. His Serendipity had resurfaced and the thermonuclear war had begun.
Mention to Mo Muntervary in passing and Quaser from the Okinawa chapter also came back at the end.
I think Cloud Atlas has slightly tainted my judgement of this book:whereas in the former, chapters begin and later on, ended to a conclusion; here, they end without being tidied up. Not that I want everything tidied up of course. I had to reread over several parts to regain storylines and remind myself about characters.
My favourite chapter was ST Petersburg but what happened to Suhbataar? Was he there at the end as well? The transmigration was very interesting.
The novel's parts are greater than the sum;each chapter, a new genre that reflects the multi-talented author. The links between chapters are tenuous but enough to move the story on each time even though you are not quite sure where it is all heading.
Mitchell is taking the novel to some interesting places; his 2006 book, Black Swan Green, is yet another genre change. After reading these three books this year, Cloud Atlas, remains my favourite.
I would like to thank Nell-Lu for organising this bookring, my first, and letting us share a book that has signposted the arrival of an exciting new writer. Please feel free to PM me and share your thoughts on some of the questions I have raised! Ki-ora!
 


Journal Entry 33 by Fuzzywuzzy on Thursday, December 14, 2006

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I've just posted this to Fifna in the Netherlands. She may get it in time for Christmas. 


Journal Entry 34 by wingFifnawing from Voorburg, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Friday, December 22, 2006

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Arrived today, safe and sound, and before Christmas! Thanks, Fuzzywuzzy, and thank you for the kiwi card!
I have a couple of bookrings before this one, but plenty of reading time over the Christmas holidays! 


Journal Entry 35 by wingFifnawing from Voorburg, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Sunday, January 21, 2007

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This was my first David Mitchell book, and I don't think it'll be my last. There not much I can add to the previous readers. I really liked the way the stories were interlinked, even thought they were all so different. I think I'll probably end up re-reading this sometime, just to get a better idea of the links between the stories (in the first couple of stories you don't know what to look for yet).
Thank you, Nell-Lu for sharing. I'll PM marko167 for an address. 


Journal Entry 36 by marko167 from Sant Pere de Ribes, Barcelona Spain on Wednesday, January 31, 2007

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Arrived today. Will read and send on ASAP. 


Journal Entry 37 by marko167 from Sant Pere de Ribes, Barcelona Spain on Monday, March 19, 2007

8 out of 10

This was a very, very good book. I marvelous debut novel written in Mitchell’s interesting style. Some of the stories I enjoyed very much especially the Mongolian spirit story and the penultimate Zookeeper tale, a very good take on the old Asimov tales.

Mitchell’s style is interesting and I wonder if he is at heart a short story writer who enjoys the writing process and then looks for a theme that he can you to tie is tales together.

There are so many undercurrents within this book and I would like to re-read and jot them down but fear that I never will as there were points in the book when I really had to force myself to carry on. (Especially the Moscow tale).

But all in all, enjoyed the book. Thanks for sharing.
 


Journal Entry 38 by marko167 at BookRing in Book Ring, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, March 21, 2007

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Off it goes on the short hope over to London. 


Journal Entry 39 by marko167 at BookRing in Book Ring, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, March 21, 2007

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Off it goes on the short hope over to London. 


Journal Entry 40 by teuffi from Great Bookham, Surrey United Kingdom on Sunday, April 01, 2007

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Found the book in the mail this week. Got a couple of books to finish before starting this one, hope to get there very soon! 


Journal Entry 41 by teuffi from Great Bookham, Surrey United Kingdom on Wednesday, May 09, 2007

8 out of 10

I finished the book on a plane this weekend, what a surprising read! I have to say the end of the book left me kind of confused but I have a feeling it has more to do with trying not to fall asleep on the plane than anything else!

I agree with most of the comments from the previous journalers and will definitely look into reading Mitchell's other books!

Thanks a lot Nell-Lu for giving us a chance to read this book!

Will pass onto ilove as soon as I have the address. 


Journal Entry 42 by teuffi from Great Bookham, Surrey United Kingdom on Monday, May 28, 2007

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Apologies, forgot to journal that I mailed the book to katayoun on Friday as ilove asked to be removed from the list and I did not hear from keithneese.
 


Journal Entry 43 by wingkatayounwing from Tehran, Tehran Iran on Tuesday, June 19, 2007

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thanks so much, the book is here and i've got one and half more books before this. i've read cloud atlas in another ring and was absolutely delighted with it and so can't wait to start another mitchell. thanks teuffi for mailing the book and also for the beautiful postcard of mozart's grave, and thanks Nell-Lu for the ray and let me know how to proceed after i've read the book. 


Journal Entry 44 by newk from Adelaide, South Australia Australia on Monday, December 10, 2007

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What a wonderful and well travelled book to have received today from my bookcrossing mate in Iran. On the pile it goes.
Many thanks to all of you who have read it and passed it on. It may rest a while here as the pile gets ever bigger
Thanks again and happy bookcrossing 


Journal Entry 45 by newk at Adelaide, South Australia Australia on Saturday, January 08, 2011

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Looky look. I STILL have this, and in the meantime I have read another copy! To be honest I didn't really like it.
Because this book is so well travelled I will put it aside for a special adventure, hopefully coming soon.
A big hello to you all. 


Journal Entry 46 by newk at Adelaide, South Australia Australia on Sunday, April 10, 2011

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This book is coming to Washington with me for the anniversary convention 


Journal Entry 47 by winglmn60wing at Washington, District of Columbia USA on Wednesday, April 20, 2011

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Well I'm chuffed as anything to have caught this well travelled book! The irony of course is that I travelled all the way to the USA to get this one from another Aussie! I'm a huge fan of Cloud Atlas... and so am very keen to dive into this one! 


Journal Entry 48 by winglmn60wing at Spotswood, Victoria Australia on Sunday, July 15, 2012

8 out of 10

Finally moved this one from 'to be read' to 'read' - though to be honest I actually finished it a few months ago.
I'm a big fan of 'Cloud Atlas' and could definitely see the roots of that story in this, Mitchell's first novel.
At times it was pretty clear that it suffered from some of the flaws of a first novel - the occasional cliche or poor phraseology. But overall I found it extremely enjoyable!
I'll be delighted to pass this one on to another Melbourne David Mitchell fan... so this one will continue its travels soon! 


Journal Entry 49 by wingJean-Solwing at Melbourne, Victoria Australia on Friday, July 27, 2012

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This book turned up in my pigeonhole at work today and brightened up a dull Melbourne wet winter's day. Thanks lmn60 for remembering our conversation about David Mitchell! Even better, this book has travelled so extensively, so I feel rather privileged. It goes on Mt TBR but I'll hopefully get to it soon. 


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