Cloud Atlas: The best book I've ever read



This is not to be confused with my favorite book, but the best book. I think there is a distinction. The best movie I have ever seen is probably Shawshank Redemption, but my favorite is Star Wars. That being said...

I am so enamored with this book. This is the first time in my life that I immediately started a book again once I finished it. I literally went from the last chapter to the first chapter and started from the beginning. Yes, it is slow in the beginning and it can be difficult to read Mitchell's writing style, but wow. I can see myself reading this book multiple times many years down the road and not be any less entertained. And so far, I am enjoying it even more the second time through, picking up on nuances and connections I didn't see the first go-around.

Spoiler free overview via Wikipedia:

"The novel consists of six nested stories that take the reader from the remote South Pacific in the nineteenth century to a distant, post-apocalyptic future. Each tale is revealed to be a story that is read (or observed) by the main character in the next. All stories but the last are interrupted at some moment, and after the sixth story concludes at the center of the book, the novel "goes back" in time, "closing" each story as the book progresses in terms of pages but regresses in terms of the historical period in which the action takes place. Eventually, readers end where they started, with Adam Ewing in the Pacific Ocean, circa 1850."

The best way I can describe this book is to compare it to those collapsible nested Russian dolls. Just when you thought it couldn't get any better, and you've reached the end, there's another little surprise waiting there for you.



I wanted to hear from other people who have finished the book. What are your thoughts? Have you seen the movie trailer? It looks fantastic. I just hope the Wachowskis do it justice.