a movie--I'm sure I've seen bits of it but after reading the book I'm sure I didn't see the movie. I'm also not sure how you'd make a movie from this story but I can see how some of the confusing parts might be simplified with the addition of visual clues.
Cloud Atlas is almost a short story collection, held together by more
than a common theme. It's more of a story arc--maybe story loop is s
better term--that runs though time connecting up various characters from
each along the way. Characters that can almost feel these other
characters from afar.
What was fun was Mitchell's shifts in style and language according to
the time and place these segments occur, from the past out into the
dystopian future. A future that I think helped lay the groundwork for
The Bone Clocks. A future that I can see similarities in in Paolo Bacagalupi's work, incidentally. What I think they share is a keen
awareness of the state we are currently in and they both are forecasting
bleak futures of our own making. 30 years ago dystopian futures were
made of nuclear winters or planetary subjugation by aliens. A younger
breed of writers sees environmental disaster as our undoing. These two
see more specific losses at the hands of corporate mismanagement of the
environment and our natural resources. Death by mega-corp, now with
100% less calories. I made a little joke
Cloud Atlas is an engaging blend of novel and soft-SF. It's not a lazy
read, it takes some attention and I like that. A friend who's also read
it suggested I see the movie now, so I'll look for it at the library.
I borrowed a few books fro the library for vacation this past week, so I have one or two more books coming up soon.