Wednesday, August 15, 2012

cloud atlas

I've begun to wonder if I simply lack creativity. This would be a major problem, since I consider myself a creative person. I spent my entire childhood daydreaming about god-knows-what, barely got through college, wrote a book of questionable quality, and to date I still hold entire fictional conversations with myself in the bathroom mirror. Out loud. That's what creative types do, right?

By the way, I apologize for the above paragraph. It has no right to exist. It's a really poorly written paragraph.

Anyway, I'll tell you where my concern stems from. I just finished David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas and I loved it. And I'm wondering: Do I just love it because I know it's going to be a movie and I can picture all the characters since all the actors have been chosen?

Because when I read Mitchell's other book, Ghostwritten, which has a really similar style, I didn't really like it. So I began to second-guess my vivid imagination. And my taste.

But all that aside, I believe Cloud Atlas is practically a work of genius. Mitchell gives his characters such distinct voices -- that alone would be brilliant. I mean, he practically invents another language for one character. But the subject matter is visionary. He goes hundreds, maybe thousands of years into the future, showing us a couple of possibilities for the human race that I think are dangerously accurate. He makes reincarnation a reality. He made me wish it was a reality. He jumps around in time and ties each story up in a neat package; each story itself could be its own book. It's simply lovely.

So obviously, I recommend it.

And I will be at the theater on opening weekend.

I get chills every time I watch the trailer...


  1. That made me want to clean my toilet plunger.

    Also, haha, Tom Hanks's hair.

    WHY IS THIS BOOK NOT AVAILABLE AS AN EBOOK FROM THE NYPL, and why do people keep insisting on reminding me of it?

    1. Tom Hanks' hair is probably going to be ridiculous in 2/3 of this movie. :)

      Buy the book! Support the author! Honestly, I wouldn't mind owning the actual book; it's that good. (I read on a kindle normally)

  2. Sounds fascinating! Thanks for the recommendation.

  3. " I spent my entire childhood daydreaming about god-knows-what, barely got through college, wrote a book of questionable quality"

    The BIG question on all of your fan's minds is: WHY CANT WE GET THE ZEROMUSINGS AUTHORED BOOK FROM AMAZON?!!!!!!?!?!?!?!!!!!!!!?????

    ALSO Related: I'm sure the quality is fine. Don't be afraid to publish it! We'll all buy it.