Cloud Atlas, By David Mitchell
Arifa Akbar is literary editor of The Independent and i newspapers. She has worked at The Independent since 2001 as a news reporter and arts correspondent before joining the books desk in 2009. She was a judge for the Orwell Prize for books 2013, and the Fiction Uncovered Prize 2014.
Saturday 01 December 2012
The re-issue of Mitchell's fantastically imaginative third novel offers a last chance to read about six colliding lives (and histories) before the Hollywood film of the book imagines it all for you, early next year.
The film features such cinema royalty as Tom Hanks and Susan Sarandon (and, closer to home, Jim Broadbent and Hugh Grant). Graciously, a new introduction by Mitchell relays the joys of seeing his Man Booker shortlisted story come to celluloid life – and his cameo appearance in it.
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