Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell - NEW
Cloud Atlas is a 2004 novel, the third book by British author David Mitchell. It won the British Book Awards Literary Fiction Award and the Richard & Judy Book of the Year award, and was short-listed for the 2004 Booker Prize, Nebula Award, Arthur C. Clarke Award, and other awards.
The novel consists of six nested stories that take the reader from the remote South Pacific in the nineteenth century to a distant, post-apocalyptic future. Each tale is revealed to be a story that is read (or observed) by the main character in the next. All stories but the last are interrupted at some moment, and after the sixth story concludes at the center of the book, the novel "goes back" in time, "closing" each story as the book progresses in terms of pages but regresses in terms of the historical period in which the action takes place. Eventually, readers end where they started, with Adam Ewing in the Pacific Ocean, circa 1850.
The Pacific Journal of Adam Ewing
Pacific Ocean, circa 1850. Adam Ewing, an American notary's account of a voyage home from the remote Chatham Islands, east of New Zealand. The next character discovers this story as a diary on his patron's bookshelf.
Letters from Zedelghem
Zedelgem, Belgium, 1931. Robert Frobisher, a penniless young English musician, finds work as an amanuensis to a composer living in Belgium. This story is saved in the form of letters to his friend (and implied lover) Rufus Sixsmith, which the next character discovers after meeting Sixsmith.
Half-Lives: The First Luisa Rey Mystery.
Buenas Yerbas, California, 1975. Luisa Rey, a journalist, investigates reports of corruption and murder at a nuclear power plant. The next character is sent this story in the mail, in the form of a manuscript for a novel.
The Ghastly Ordeal of Timothy Cavendish
United Kingdom, early 21st century. Timothy Cavendish, a vanity press publisher, flees the brothers of his gangster client. He gets confined against his will in a nursing home from which he cannot escape. The next character watches a movie dramatisation of this story.
An Orison of Sonmi~451
Nea So Copros (Korea), dystopian near future. Sonmi~451, a genetically-engineered fabricant (clone) server at Papa Song's diner (a proxy for large fast-dining chains), is interviewed before her execution after she rebels against the capitalist totalitarian society that created and exploited her kind. The next character watches Sonmi's story projected holographically in an "orison," a futuristic recording device.
Sloosha's Crossin' an' Ev'rythin' After
Hawaii, post-apocalyptic distant future. Zachry, a tribesman living a primitive life after most of humanity dies during "the Fall," is visited by Meronym, a member of the last remnants of technologically-advanced civilization. This story is told when the protagonist is an old man, to seemingly random strangers around a camp-fire.
About the Author David Mitchell
David Mitchell grew up in Southport, Merseyside, in England, raised in Malvern, Worcestershire, and educated in conjunction with the University of Kent, studying for virtually any degree in English and American Literature followed by an M.A. in Comparative Literature. He lived with regard to the year in Sicily, then moved to Hiroshima, Japan, where he taught English to technical students for eight years, before going back to England, where he could live on his earnings if you are a writer and support his pregnant wife. After another stint in Japan, he currently lives in Clonakilty, Ireland, in reference to his wife Keiko and their two children. In an essay for Random House, Mitchell wrote: "I knew I thought about being a writer since I have had been a kid, but until I came to Japan to reside 1994 I was too easily distracted to do much with this complete. I would most likely turned out to be a writer wherever I lived, but would I have become the same writer if I'd spent was the last 6 years in London, or Cape Town, or Moose Jaw, while on an oil rig or even in the circus? This is certainly my the answer to myself."
Mitchell's first novel, Ghostwritten (1999), moves across the globe, from Okinawa to Mongolia to pre-Millennial The Big Apple, as nine narrators tell stories that interlock and intersect. The novel won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize (for best work of British literature written by an author under 35) and was shortlisted used for the Guardian First Book Award. His two subsequent novels, number9dream (2001) and Cloud Atlas (2004), were both shortlisted for your personal Man Booker Prize . In 2003, he had been selected among Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists. In 2007, Mitchell was listed among Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in today's world. Mitchell's American editor at Random House is novelist David Ebershoff.
Mitchell has got the speech disorder of stammering and considers the film The King's Speech (2010) pertaining to being very accurate portrayals of what it's want to be a stammerer: "I . d . probably still be avoiding the subject today if I Had not outed myself by writing a semi-autobiographical novel, Black Swan Green, narrated by way of a stammering 13 year old." Mitchell can also be a patron all around the British Stammering Association.
About the Movie Cloud Atlas
Cloud Atlas is an upcoming German made English-language historical/science fiction film directed by Tom Tykwer and The Wachowskis. The directors wrote the screenplay based on the 2004 novel of the same name by David Mitchell. With an ensemble cast to cover the film's multiple storylines, production began in September 2011 at Studio Babelsberg in Germany. The film is scheduled to be released in October 2012.
The film's cast includes:
The film is based on the 2004 novel Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. Filmmaker Tom Tykwer revealed in January 2009 his intent to adapt the novel and said he was working on a screenplay with the Wachowskis, who optioned the novel. By June 2010, Tykwer had asked actors Natalie Portman, Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, James McAvoy, and Ian McKellen to star in Cloud Atlas. By April 2011, the Wachowskis joined Tykwer in co-directing the film. In the following May, with Hanks and Berry confirmed in their roles, Hugo Weaving, Ben Whishaw, Susan Sarandon, and Jim Broadbent also joined the cast. Actor Hugh Grant also joined the cast days before the start of filming.
Cloud Atlas is backed by the German production companies A Company and X Filme, and Variety reported in May 2011 that the film had a production budget of 0 million. The filmmakers secured €1.5 million (.15 million) from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, a German funder, as part of their plans to film at Studio Babelsberg later in 2011. The project also received financial support from Filmstiftung NRW, another German organization. The budget was updated to 0 million. Filming began on September 16, 2011. German media considers Cloud Atlas to be "the first attempt at a German blockbuster" with its budget making it the most expensive German-produced film to date. Tykwer and the Wachowskis are filming parallel to each other using separate camera crews. Filming will also take place in Scotland and Spain (Mallorca).
Cloud Atlas is targeted for a release in October 2012. Warner Bros. Pictures will distribute the film in the United States and Canada, and Focus Features is handling sales and distribution for other territories and Entertainment Film Distributors will distribute the film throughout the UK.
Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell - NEW Novel
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