I have absolutely no clue what to expect with the film ‘Cloud Atlas’, a joint venture between the Wachowskis (Lana and Andy…formerly Larry and Andy) and Tom Tykwer. Based on the highly praised novel by David Mitchell, it’s a layered and bizarre sounding work that could either go horribly wrong or dazzlingly right. We won’t know that until the film comes out, but word has spread from the Cannes Film Festival in an article from The Playlist here that the movie is coming out on December 6th. I’ll share details of the novel after the jump (without spoiling things for the movie, of course), but hey…at least we now know when we’ll be able to see the flick.
Here’s what Amazon has to say about the book:
From David Mitchell, the Booker Prize nominee, award-winning writer and one of the featured authors in Granta’s “Best of Young British Novelists 2003” issue, comes his highly anticipated third novel, a work of mind-bending imagination and scope.
A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan’s California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified “dinery server” on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation — the narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each other’s echoes down the corridor of history, and their destinies are changed in ways great and small.
In his captivating third novel, David Mitchell erases the boundaries of language, genre and time to offer a meditation on humanity’ s dangerous will to power, and where it may lead us.
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