Ghostwritten

by David Mitchel | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0340769726 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Frakke-Per of Rottumerzijl, Groningen Netherlands on 1/14/2006
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Journal Entry 1 by Frakke-Per from Rottumerzijl, Groningen Netherlands on Saturday, January 14, 2006
Fantastisch boek met een ongewone stem.

Ringboek met de volgende deelnemers:
1. Taowaki
2. violoncellix
3. biba89
4. MaaikeB
5. Yinny
6. iiwi
7. Suzy26
8. Digimike
9. wandering
10.yvonnep
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Journal Entry 2 by Frakke-Per at on Friday, February 17, 2006

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Journal Entry 3 by Taowaki on Saturday, February 18, 2006
Vandaag per post gekregen, dank je wel Frakke-Per. Ik verheug me erg op dit boek.

Journal Entry 4 by Taowaki on Thursday, March 09, 2006
Vijfentwintig jaar geleden zat ik in Amsterdam achter op de fiets bij mijn vriendje, we hadden net de film Kaos gezien, van de gebroeders Taviani. Ik weet nog dat ik ontzettend onder de indruk was en tegelijk ook ontzettend helder in m’n hoofd. De verschillende verhalen van die film, de vele indrukwekkende portretten van mensen, de schokkende, hilarische, angstaanjagende beelden, de zwarte vogel die tussen de verhalen over het ongenaakbare berglandschap vloog – al pratend en denkend over de film begon ik allerlei verbanden en betekenissen te zien, en ik kon ze nog aan mijn vriendje uitleggen ook. Intussen is dat allemaal diep weggezakt en kan ik me alleen nog wat flarden van de film voor de geest halen. Maar iets van dat opgetogen gevoel dat ik toen had, die helderheid, kwam bij me terug bij het lezen van Ghostwritten. Nu het boek nog uitleggen – maar dat valt niet mee.
Het staat vast dat ik dit boek vaker wil lezen. Ik ga het dus aanschaffen (of voor m’n verjaardag vragen). Wie weet ga ik de samenhang dan duidelijker zien.
Ik vind ze prachtig mooi, de verhalen van Mitchell, niet alleen afzonderlijk, maar juist ook bij elkaar. Er loopt een wirwar van draden door het boek heen die het geheel van verhalen, hoe uiteenlopend ze ook zijn, bij elkaar houdt. Ik wil graag proberen of ik bij herlezing de draden beter kan volgen.
Ik heb eerder Wolkenatlas van Mitchell gelezen, en tussen dit boek en Ghostwritten lopen ook allerlei draadjes. Ik hoop en vrees en hoop dat Number9Dream, dat ik hier nog ongelezen heb liggen, ook in het geheel hoort.
Een literatuurkenner zal vast vele verbanden tussen deze boeken en weer andere literatuur kunnen leggen. Intertekstualiteit heet zoiets met een ongezellig, lelijk woord. Daar ga ik niet op studeren, maar ik geniet wel van de kleine dingen die me opvallen en waar ik nog even over kan nadenken, zoals de naam Huw Llewellyn (de hoofdpersoon van een beroemd boek van Richard Llewellyn heet ook Huw; hmmm, wat zou dat betekenen?). Grappig zijn ook de verwijzingen naar The Music of Chance van ‘that New York bloke’.
Enfin, Mitchells verhalen zijn spannend, ongewoon, diepzinnig, humoristisch, pessoptimistisch, en hoewel ze niet moraliserend zijn, denk ik toch dat ze in wezen een morele lading hebben die erop neerkomt dat de mensen verantwoordelijkheid (zouden moeten) voelen en dragen voor elkaar. Zie je, dat gebeurt er nou als ik iets probeer uit te leggen. Helderheid, ja hoor! Ik ben zelf gewoon een moralist, dat is het! Ik droom zelfs af en toe moralistische dromen waarin ik anderen vertel wat ze moeten doen!

Het boek gaat zondag 12 maart per speciale koerier van Amersfoort naar violoncellix in Groningen. Veel dank voor het ringen, Frakke.

PS. Als ik Number9Dream gelezen heb, maak ik er een ringboek van. Kan nog wel even duren.


Journal Entry 5 by wingvioloncellixwing from not specified, not specified not specified on Saturday, March 25, 2006
Donderdag kreeg ik het boek per koerier. Dank jullie wel, beppie en Frakke-Per, ik ben benieuwd. Er is nog een ringboek voor u.

Journal Entry 6 by wingvioloncellixwing from not specified, not specified not specified on Thursday, May 25, 2006
I read this book during my trip to Japan, and this made the reading experience even more wonderful than it might have been otherwise. When the 'hero' of the first part, the member of the Aleph cult who had just escaped after bombing the Tokyo metro, checked in in a hotel in Okinawa, I had an almost exact feeling how the place would look and smell, how the receptionist's voice would sound, how deep she would bow for the new visitor...and so on.
Small shops with knowledgeable, friendly personnel, like the jazz emporium in Tokyo where Satoru, the protagonist of the second part, works -- they could be found on every street in the more remote corners of Kyoto.

Even apart from place, though, this novel is very impressive. Mitchell in this first novel is already a master of style and character.

Here's a bit in the voice of Margarita Latunsky, museum curator (and a few other things) in Petersburg:

'Go on my dear,' urges the snake. 'Take one. Hear it? "Pluck me," it's saying. That big, shiny red one. "Pluck me now and pluck me hard." You know you want to.'
'But God,' quotes Eve, putting out feelers for an
agent provocateur , clever girl, 'expressly forbids us to eat the fruit from the tree of knowledge.'

'Ah yessssss, God...But God gave us life, did he not? And God gave us desire, did he not? And who else but God made the damned apples in the first place? So what else is
life for but to tassste the fruit we desire ?'
Eve folds her arms head-girlishly. 'God expressly forbade it. Adam said'.

The snake grins through his fangs, admiring Eve's play-acting. 'God is a nice enough chap in his way. I dare say he means well. But between me, you and the Tree of Knowledge, he is terribly insecure.'


Edit: May 25, sent to biba89

Journal Entry 7 by biba89 from Olst, Overijssel Netherlands on Saturday, May 27, 2006
Oh yes! I was hungry for another Mitchell, since I thought Cloud Atlas was one of the best books I read in 2005. And this one came with a selection of fine Japanese gifts - very much appreciated! Thank you very much, violoncellix!

Journal Entry 8 by biba89 from Olst, Overijssel Netherlands on Wednesday, June 07, 2006
Although the 'meaning' of this book doesn't speak clear to me as Cloud Atlas did - the journal for that one was the longest I've ever made - I was taken very much by this novel. The stories, with an open end, receiving their closure through the voices of characters in following stories, are crafted so beautifully, there isn't a dull sentence in the whole of this book. They linger with you. I can't wait for another Mitchell novel.
This one goes to MaaikeB now.

Journal Entry 9 by MaaikeB from Zeist, Utrecht Netherlands on Friday, June 09, 2006
Ha, another David Mitchell novel! I'm still reading his latest, Black Swan Green, and will go on with this one as soon as I've finished it.

Journal Entry 10 by MaaikeB from Zeist, Utrecht Netherlands on Thursday, June 29, 2006
Beautiful book, indeed! Strangely enough I can't summon the patience to read all of it. Think I've worked too hard and need a vacation. I need something simple and straightforward now. When I have room in my head again, I'll read the other half. Or Cloud Atlas. I'm glad I finished the first half, though. I'll send the book on to Yinny now.

Journal Entry 11 by Yinny from Capelle aan den IJssel, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Saturday, July 01, 2006
Found it in the mailbox today! I'm very sorry, but there are two more ringbooks in the queue. I need more time to read! Pfff....

Journal Entry 12 by Yinny from Capelle aan den IJssel, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Well...it took a long time for me to finish this book. Was it the weather (extremely hot) or just me? I found myself distracted by other books, while reading this one. Especially the chapter 'London' took a long time to read, too dull, too long. I don't know if I would have read this book without your recommendations.
Yes, this novel is wonderful, masterfully written, all those storylines coming together. But for now, I'm returning to some light literature.

I see that Powerhouse is next on the list. I will contact her and send the book forward.

3/08: no response on first pm, sending a second one

Journal Entry 13 by Yinny from Capelle aan den IJssel, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Monday, August 07, 2006
Powerhouse asked to be skipped due to too many (ring)books to be read in her possession. I will contact croixdeguerre today.

edit 10/08: croixdeguerre asked to be skipped as well, so this book is off to iiwi

Journal Entry 14 by wingiiwiwing from Zeist, Utrecht Netherlands on Friday, August 11, 2006
Received!

Journal Entry 15 by wingiiwiwing from Zeist, Utrecht Netherlands on Tuesday, October 10, 2006
I had the book for two months I see, with 3 weeks to read it. As these things go, some stories I loved, some I had more difficulty with. It took me a whole week tot read the Ireland part forinstance. I loved the way the stories intertwine, how the characters are connected and seprated due only to coincidence. I defenitely read more of his novels.
My quote: "I added writers to my list of people not to trust. They make everything up."

I will sent the book to Suzy26 thursday.

Journal Entry 16 by wingSuzy26wing from Delft, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Friday, October 20, 2006
Received by mail. Thank you for sending it, iiwi. I will start on it as soon as I've finished my current read. Thanks for sharing this book with us, Frakke-Per.

Journal Entry 17 by wingSuzy26wing from Delft, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Sunday, November 12, 2006
Wonderful book. It is amazing to think that this is Mitchell's debut novel. It reminded me very much of Cloud Atlas with all these interconnecting stories. Ghostwritten is not as good as Cloud Atlas, but still it is an astonishing feat of storytelling. I loved every sentence of it!

p.291: A city is a sea that you lose things in. You only find things that other people have lost.

Update 14/11: Book is on its way to Digimike.

Journal Entry 18 by Digimike from Beekbergen, Gelderland Netherlands on Sunday, November 19, 2006
Ontvangen! Dank je wel voor het toesturen, Suzy26! Ik heb nog een paar boeken liggen en ik lees de laatste tijd niet zoveel, dus het kan even duren (sorry)...

Journal Entry 19 by Digimike from Beekbergen, Gelderland Netherlands on Sunday, January 28, 2007
Wat een prachtig boek! Michell schrijft 10 mooie en onderhoudende verhalen. Wat ik echt geweldig vind, is de -vaak verrassende- verwevenheid tussen deze verhalen. Wat mij wel opviel was dat ik het elke keer weer lastig vond om met een nieuw verhaal te beginnen. Ik weet niet of dat nu kwam omdat ik nog teveel bezig was met het voorgaande verhaal of dat de start van een verhaal niet Mitchells sterkste kant is.

Bedankt voor het ringen, Frakke-Per!

Journal Entry 20 by wandering from Breda, Noord-Brabant Netherlands on Thursday, February 01, 2007
Vandaag in de brievenbus, dankjewel! Het boek gaat even op een stapeltje, want de ringboeken laten weer hun kuddedier-eigenschappen gelden...

Journal Entry 21 by wandering from Breda, Noord-Brabant Netherlands on Sunday, April 01, 2007
What an extraordinary book! I haven't read any books by Mitchell before, but this will definitely lead to more... I found it particularly nice how all the seemingly separate stories intertwine. My favourite part is the 'Clear Island' part, probably because I can relate to the 'woman in academia' the most... A good second is the 'Mongolia' part.

Thanks for sharing this book, Frakke-Per! I'll send it along as soon as I know where to (yvonnep has allready read the book).

Edit: sent to Frakke-Per on April 12th.

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p. 161: 'One of the things that my years of wandering has taught me is, the more impotent the country, the more dangerous its customs officials.'
p. 172: I had tired of wandering.
p. 186: Just then, who should come wandering out of the forest, but the deer?
p. 273: That short woman in an orange anorak wandering across the road in front of that taxi, with the driver mentally stripping the leggy woman striding past with a flopsy dog - why is she about to be mown down, and not me?
p. 369: I'd been stuck with the same problem since Shanghai, and now I was wandering in circles.
p. 422: How could a being with your resources believe yourself to be the only non-corporeal sentient intelligence wandering the surface of creation?

Journal Entry 22 by Frakke-Per from Rottumerzijl, Groningen Netherlands on Friday, April 13, 2007
Back home - it is time to reread the book.

Journal Entry 23 by Frakke-Per at on Tuesday, December 04, 2007

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I haven't had the time to reread the book, but I think someone else needs it, for a while. I hope to get this copy back, one day.

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