Writers: David Mitchell

  • Jonathan Dalton

    Good.

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    Brief, disjointed review: Mitchell is extremely adept at writing great sentences. Using words you wouldn't expect, avoiding cliches, matching style to content. You may find yourself rereading sentences from time to time. However with all his books I feel something is lacking - perhaps it's his characters, who I don't feel are as sympathetic as he might want them to be. The standard to which their relationships and their presence - their 'realness' - are crafted often does not match Mitchell's technical ability. Still, it's a bloody great technical ability. This novel demonstrates that: six interwoven short stories (which incidentally serves as an example of how Mitchell's plots and characters don't quite stick, but I'll leave that) and six writing styles. In fact, these styles are so varied by the end of the novel I thought he was showing off a little: hey, I can write like this. Or like this. Or even like this. Wow, and look at this. Anyway. This review disproportiona...Brief, disjointed review: Mitchell is extremely adept at writing great sentences. Using words you wouldn't expect, avoiding cliches, matching style to content. You may find yourself rereading sentences from time to time. However with all his books I feel something is lacking - perhaps it's his characters, who I don't feel are as sympathetic as he might want them to be. The standard to which their relationships and their presence - their 'realness' - are crafted often does not match Mitchell's technical ability. Still, it's a bloody great technical ability. This novel demonstrates that: six interwoven short stories (which incidentally serves as an example of how Mitchell's plots and characters don't quite stick, but I'll leave that) and six writing styles. In fact, these styles are so varied by the end of the novel I thought he was showing off a little: hey, I can write like this. Or like this. Or even like this. Wow, and look at this. Anyway. This review disproportionately concentrates on the negatives - Mitchell is one of my favourite novelists and as such I pay far more attention to his writing than I do most other authors'. I recommend this book. Black Swan Green, however, is his best novel, in my opinion. It's also the one that sticks with a single character, which by circular argument means that the single character is strong enough to sustain a novel. Wow. I guess I didn't lie when I said this review'd be disjointed. (more)

  • Raymond Webster

    Review of "Cloud Atlas" by David Mitchell

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    Something that always interests me as an English student is when a novelist takes a unique approach to prose or structure. While the simplicity of McEwan

  • Visitor

    most fav book

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    I can't convey how good this book is to you. You won't believe me. So go on and read it.

  • Howard Davis

    Growing up in 80's England

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    This is a very different novel from Ghostwritten and number9dream. Mitchell is comprehensive in including just about every detail from dreary suburban English life in 1982 that he must have had to delve deep into his memory to remember such as the long lost Datsun Cherry. It is very well written. I do, however, prefer his earlier work - this is more gritty and to be honest I wouldn't have picked it up and read it had it not been written by David Mitchell.

  • Visitor

    guilty rockin' read

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    Geez!! David Mitchell sure knows how to take you on a rollercoaster with his writing. There are certain bits to this book that I cannot forget, I also can't walk past a pizza place now without thinking of his vivid descriptions of working there. A bubbling hot, sexy-gross, violent-tender read.

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