A gallery attendant at the Hermitage. A young jazz buff in Tokyo. A crooked British lawyer in Hong Kong. A disc jockey in Manhattan. A physicist in Ireland. An elderly woman running a tea shack in rural China. A cult-controlled terrorist in Okinawa. A musician in London. A transmigrating spirit... show more
A gallery attendant at the Hermitage. A young jazz buff in Tokyo. A crooked British lawyer in Hong Kong. A disc jockey in Manhattan. A physicist in Ireland. An elderly woman running a tea shack in rural China. A cult-controlled terrorist in Okinawa. A musician in London. A transmigrating spirit in Mongolia. What is the common thread of coincidence or destiny that connects the lives of these nine souls in nine far-flung countries, stretching across the globe from east to west? What pattern do their linked fates form through time and space?
A writer of pyrotechnic virtuosity and profound compassion, a mind to which nothing human is alien, David Mitchell spins genres, cultures, and ideas like gossamer threads around and through these nine linked stories. Many forces bind these lives, but at root all involve the same universal longing for connection and transcendence, an axis of commonality that leads in two directions--to creation and to destruction. In the end, as lives converge with a fearful symmetry, Ghostwritten comes full circle, to a point at which a familiar idea--that whether the planet is vast or small is merely a matter of perspective--strikes home with the force of a new revelation. It marks the debut of a writer of astonishing gifts.
Publish date: 2000-04-20
Publisher: Hoder and Stoughton Ltd.
Pages no: 448
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...