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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Atlasul norilor by David Mitchell ,. Ema 's review Sep 04, I can't make a proper review of Cloud Atlas , so I'll just write some thoughts. First of all, I loved this book.

I had it on my shelves before the movie was announced, but I didn't brace myself to read it, because I was afraid I wouldn't get it. Finally found the courage to read the book. I prepared myself with paper and pencil, wrote down all the characters' names from each story, and discovered that I was not so confused and lost after all. Yet I didn't write down who had the comet-shaped birth mark, so now I'm wondering which character had it in The Pacific Journal While reading the book, I had the feeling that I was climbing a huge mountain, towards the clouds, like Zachary and Meronym to the top of Mauna Kea.

Strange that the top and the bottom were somehow similar, although so far apart. Then I started the descent on the other side of the mountain, to discover the second part of the stories. The movie, which I began to watch soon after, is much more confusing, with all the stories mingled together in a hodgepodge that is hard to follow.

The Matryoshka dolls structure is lost altogether. About what all this means I did get the idea that view spoiler [history repeats itself and that humankind drives itself to destruction, because the will to power is the backbone of society Nietzsche said it first - The will to power is the will to live.

No matter how far we get in terms of civilization and scientific progress, the thirst for power and wealth is never quenched. War is an eternal companion of humanity, there will never really be an end to it.

The oppression of the weak, poor and less civilized will never really cease. He didn't actually kill Vyvyan Ayrs in the book, or did I miss it? My heart still aches. With the post-apocalyptic story of Sloosha's Crossin' I had a headache at first, even if I read it in Romanian I looked up the English version and it was impossible for me to read.

My eyes hurt from trying to decipher the words I still have some that I still don't know what they meant! It feels like David Mitchell was trying too hard, but I think this language makes sense for the type of society he's portraying in this last story. The first part was interesting, but the second was too much like an average policier novelette. She was rescued, then rescued some more, and so on.

Even if you've seen the movie, read the book, too. It won't be boring, because there are a lot of things that are different from the original and tons of facts which are omitted from the book. Sign into Goodreads to see if any of your friends have read Atlasul norilor. Reading Progress. Mar 26, AM. In The Ghastly Ordeal Far too hippie-druggy—new age.

I, too, have a birthmark, below my left armpit, but no lover ever compared it to a comet. Once my Luger lets me go, my birth, next time around, will be upon me in a heartbeat. Frobisher's "jamais vu" is another argument to Mitchell theme of historic recurrence. These two realities clash and make his life intolerable.

I just finished the book and felt like talking about it. Xandra, I actually thank you for the long comment and the detailed explanations! I, too, thought that it was! Mar 26, PM. Well, one of the great things about this book is its discussability and even if the story and Mitchell himself point in one direction, it doesn't mean the truth is set in stone. I found the idea expressed in message 7 particularly interesting: how each story feels real when reading it, but seems fictionalized from the next story's perspective.

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Cloud Atlas is a epic science fiction film written and directed by the Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer. During its four years of development, the project met with some difficulties in securing financial support. Autua stows away on Ewing's ship and convinces him to advocate for Autua to join the crew as a free man. Autua saves Ewing's life before his doctor, Henry Goose, can poison him and steal his gold under the guise of treating him for a parasitic worm. In San Francisco, Ewing and his wife denounce her father's complicity in slavery and leave to join the abolition movement. In , English composer Robert Frobisher finds work as an amanuensis to aging composer Vyvyan Ayrs, allowing Frobisher to compose his own masterpiece, "The Cloud Atlas Sextet"; Frobisher reads Ewing's journal among the books at Ayrs's mansion.

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