Cloud Atlas

Ed’s rave mentions of Cloud Atlas put it on my “Eventually” list early on, but its recent position on the Man Booker longlist just pushed it up the queue to “Currently.”

I expect to follow the advice suggested in Michael Chabon’s cover blurb (“I’m grateful to have lived, for a while, in all its many worlds, which are all one world, which is, in turn, enchanted by Mitchell’s spell-caster prose, our own”) and take a good, long time with it.

I’ll let you know when I’m back.

I’m just over halfway through, and the book just made the Booker shortlist, an honor I can now concur it richly deserves. If you haven’t read it yet, bump it to the top of your list. Thanks again to Ed for his fine biased reporting of the book and its many accolades.