cloud atlas

Seven of us met to discuss Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. I can safely say that the book did not fare well with our group (though I will say that I was in the minority who enjoyed it.) The book is composed of a series of six narratives that loosely connect, sometimes through theme, sometimes through character. It is not an easy book, but the writing is sublime and the themes are grand:  tyranny, extinction, belief, opportunism and survival to name a few. Read it if you are up for a challenge and enjoy the atypical novel.

Other books commented on during the discussion:

Tana French’s mystery novels

The Last Kind Words Saloon by Larry McMurtry

Your Fathers, Where are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever? by Dave Eggers

Worst. Person. Ever. By Douglas Coupland

Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates

Silk Road by Colin Falconer

Shoot the Moon by Billie Letts

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri