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Category Archives: Cloud Atlas
David Mitchell does his research. That’s what I discovered when I set out to map each of the storylines in Cloud Atlas, from the Chatham Islands in the mid-19th century to the island of Hawai’i after The Fall (an unspecified apocalyptic event). Some of the locations mentioned in his book are fictional, while others are […] Continue reading
Let’s be honest. Cloud Atlas — both Cloud Atlas the book and “Cloud Atlas” the movie — is dense. It’s complicated, and it’s almost dizzying in scope. I know of no other work of art that has covered as many facets of the human experience: life and death, love and greed. The book is a masterpiece, and yet author […] Continue reading
Six stories. Six periods in history. Six genres. Six geographical locations. Six modes of storytelling. Cloud Atlas links these diverse stories together with the idea that characters are reincarnations of each other. If you thought, or maybe wished, that the reincarnation theme was just implied and not certain, Mitchell has dashed all your hopes because he […] Continue reading
In class we talked about the interesting choice Peter Jackson made to show Gandalf’s story as it happened in scene instead of allowing him to retell it as exposition, like in the book. This allowed for the movie to have a faster pace using scenes and action, which works for this format because cinema does not … Continue reading “Narrative Perspective in Remediated Stories” Continue reading
In his introduction to Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World (2013), Timothy Morton defines hyperobjects as “things that are massively distributed in time and space relative to humans,” one example being “the whirring ma… Continue reading
Describing his composition of Cloud Atlas Sextet to his friend Sixsmith, Robert Frobisher writes, “Boundaries between noise and sound are conventions…. All boundaries are conventions…. One may transcend any convention” (Mitchell 460). It is thi… Continue reading
No copyright infringement intended. Used for educational purposes only.Filed under: Science and humanities Tagged: biology, Brave New World, Cloud Atlas, Homelessness, mental illness, Oryx and Crake, Veterans Continue reading
Often, literature reflects our fears and magnifies them. So the abundance of novels revolving around total corporate control over society is an interesting reflection of our fears today. Several novels I can think of feature societies where corporations control everything. Oryx and Crake depicts a world where corporations keep their employees and families housed in […] Continue reading
I wrote my last blog post on the structure of “Cloud Atlas”. The story jumps in time, setting, and cast of characters. The stories overlap and carry themes over a very long period of time. Since “Cloud Atlas”, we have read and discussed James Watson’s “The Double Helix”, Ian McEwan’s “Saturday”, and Margaret Atwood’s […] Continue reading
Warning: Some spoilers ahead for both the book and movie version of Cloud Atlas. The tagline for the film adaption of David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas reads: “Everything is Connected.” These three words succinctly communicate the theme of both the book and film version of the story. However, while the theme of connection is generally the […] Continue reading