Category Archives: David Mitchell

Mapping Cloud Atlas: A Story Map of Space & Time

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

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The Dissolution of Worlds

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

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Music from the Genome: Cloud Atlas as Biological Symphony

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

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A Look at Literature Via Cloud Atlas

In his novel Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell makes some creative moves in connecting his barely connected stories.  The novel is one of the most self-aware books I’ve ever read.  Mitchell introduces the idea that his characters may be reincarnated versions of each other, but before that idea is even allowed to germinate, he has one of […] Continue reading

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The Treatment of Time in Cloud Atlas

Warning: Some spoilers ahead from Cloud Atlas (the novel). To call David Mitchell’s landmark novel Cloud Atlas an intriguing book does not even begin to describe it. Among many other characteristics, what makes the book unique are the six separate stories Mitchell nests together and the widely different genres the stories encompass, ranging from a […] Continue reading

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“PLANET AGAINST SEABOARD” and Other Sentimental Fictions

In his analysis of Cloud Atlas, Killian C. Quigley takes a deeper look into the sentiments that transcend the human experience and why they affect us so deeply. He considers the novel not simply a book, but a collection of human struggles that connect not only the characters within the stories, but the readers as […] Continue reading

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