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Old 09-24-2014, 12:07 PM   #646
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If I only thought it was OK, do I still get a soul?
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By the way, I definitely liked it better than Cloud Atlas.
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Well, I doubt he has a soul regardless, but yes. 100 times yes. My favorite thing in the book is how the last sentence mirrors the last sentence of part I. Brilliant, beautiful, sad. Wonderful, really.
 
I normally don't use group opinion to measure anything, especially if that group is comprised of people from my own life….but, I have to say, almost everyone I know that has read the book adored the end, and these are people with fairly varied literary interests. Again, that is not what makes me think it's so amazing, but, it kind of solidifies it a bit, I guess. As you say, brilliant, beautiful, sad. It really hit me hard when I read it and has stayed with me ever since.
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By the way, I definitely liked it better than Cloud Atlas.
This is where our paths split. I love both books, but definitely prefer Cloud Atlas.

Meanwhile, I lost track, has anyone besides me read his other books:

Ghostwritten
number9dream
Black Swan Green
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number9dream is the next book on my list of his to read.

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I normally don't use group opinion to measure anything, especially if that group is comprised of people from my own life….but, I have to say, almost everyone I know that has read the book adored the end, and these are people with fairly varied literary interests. Again, that is not what makes me think it's so amazing, but, it kind of solidifies it a bit, I guess. As you say, brilliant, beautiful, sad. It really hit me hard when I read it and has stayed with me ever since.
 
In all honesty, I liked the end, but, it just left me a little cold and depressed. This was due to the fact that it was such a good ending, just not the ending I wanted.

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number9dream is the next book on my list of his to read.


 
In all honesty, I liked the end, but, it just left me a little cold and depressed. This was due to the fact that it was such a good ending, just not the ending I wanted.




 
You didn't get the ending you wanted/needed, but you got the one you deserved.
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You didn't get the ending you wanted/needed, but you got the one you deserved.
 
This is...this is probably true.
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Old 09-24-2014, 02:48 PM   #654
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This is where our paths split. I love both books, but definitely prefer Cloud Atlas.

Meanwhile, I lost track, has anyone besides me read his other books:

Ghostwritten
number9dream
Black Swan Green
I don't know. Some of the Cloud Atlas stories left me a bit cold. You can clearly see his literary prowess in the book, of course, but I wasn't as engaged with some of the narratives (I did love the Adam Ewing and Zedelghem stories, though). And I can't stop thinking of the following when I think about that book now.

 




I thought that the very confined setting of Thousand Autums and the longer narrative arch was probably what made me like it more. Mitchell's attention to detail is pretty impressive in that one, and I think he does a great job with dirty mean colonial characters (as he did in the Adam Ewing story). Anyways, my two cents.

Haven't read his other books. I think the next one of his I will read is Ghostwritten (although I'd welcome other suggestions).
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I love all his stuff so it's not like I'd try to deter you from hopping on over to Ghostwritten next.

And, I mean, I adore Thousand Autumns so I hope I'm not sounding like I am putting it down.

Has anyone in here read any of James Clavell's stuff? I ask cos I have Shogun on my mind now.
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And, I mean, I adore Thousand Autumns so I hope I'm not sounding like I am putting it down.
Not at all. It's like picking a favorite child.
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I'm sure it's been brought up before, but with Laz, Gump and I all having read the same book so recently, it does bring a lot of fun to the table, when we can all discuss it afterwards. The Interference book club wouldn't be such a bad idea.
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I'm sure it's been brought up before, but with Laz, Gump and I all having read the same book so recently, it does bring a lot of fun to the table, when we can all discuss it afterwards. The Interference book club wouldn't be such a bad idea.
It's definitely fun to have some discussion afterwards. If the logistics work - choosing a book everyone wants to read might be difficult - that would be a nice idea.
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This is where our paths split. I love both books, but definitely prefer Cloud Atlas.

Meanwhile, I lost track, has anyone besides me read his other books:

Ghostwritten
number9dream
Black Swan Green
I've read those three. Probably liked Ghostwritten the most, also loved BSG, which is proof he is just as brilliant without the meta gimmicks.

N9D was a bit too much of a Murakami rip-off, even if it was intentional. It was also a lot of fun, so still well worth reading.
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I was hesitant when BSG came out because I just don't look toward's Mitchell for that sort of novel - but I should have known better, I really enjoyed it. Number9dream is a blast, yeah, homage, rip-off or otherwise.
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