David Mitchell's electrifying debut novel takes readers on a mesmerizing trek across a world of human experience through a series of ingeniously linked narratives. Oblivious to the bizarre ways in which their lives intersect, nine characters-a terrorist in Okinawa, a record-shop clerk in Tokyo, a... show more
David Mitchell's electrifying debut novel takes readers on a mesmerizing trek across a world of human experience through a series of ingeniously linked narratives. Oblivious to the bizarre ways in which their lives intersect, nine characters-a terrorist in Okinawa, a record-shop clerk in Tokyo, a money-laundering British financier in Hong Kong, an old woman running a tea shack in China, a transmigrating "noncorpum" entity seeking a human host in Mongolia, a gallery-attendant-cum-art-thief in Petersburg, a drummer in London, a female physicist in Ireland, and a radio deejay in New York-hurtle toward a shared destiny of astonishing impact. Like the book's one non-human narrator, Mitchell latches onto his host characters and invades their lives with parasitic precision, making Ghostwritten a sprawling and brilliant literary relief map of the modern world.
Publish date: October 9th 2001
Pages no: 426
Edition language: English
, Science Fiction
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Literary Fiction
, Magical Realism
I f3elt this book was pure garbage. In fact I created a file just for it - Garbage. What a waste of time.
5 of 5 stars bookshelves: published-1999, japan, autumn-2010 Read from October 08, 2010 to August 29, 2014 This has sucked me in straight away. I heart David Mitchell and it's not just that I am reading it before sleep that some images (and the toons as well of course) pervade my dreams, it is ...
This is a hard book to rate because, let's be honest, it's David Mitchell: that's an automatic 5-star rating there. But knowing that it's David Mitchell, I find this book a little lacking. It's his first novel; it's not perfect. Despite its imperfections, however, it still destroys most of its compe...
"I wonder what happened to him, I wonder what happened to all of them, this wondering is the nature of matter, each of us a loose particle, an infinity of paths through the park, probable ones, improbable ones, none of them real until observed whatever real means, and for something so solid matter c...
After the general amazingness of Cloud Atlas (the book and the film), I thought I'd give Mitchell's first novel, Ghostwritten, a try. Like Cloud Atlas, it follows the stories of several characters (nine, in this case) whose lives interlock and interact with each other. There are even a couple of old...