Title Profile & Character Information

Cloud Atlas

Annotation
"Cloud Atlas begins in 1850 with Adam Ewing, an American notary voyaging from the Chatham Isles to his home in California. Along the way, Ewing is befriended by a physician, Dr. Goose, who begins to treat him for a rare species of brain parasite. Abruptly, the action jumps to Belgium in 1931, where Robert Frobisher, a disinherited bisexual composer, inveigles his way into the household of an infirm maestro who has a beguiling wife and a nubile daughter. From there we jump to the West Coast in the 1970s and a troubled reporter named Luisa Rey, who stumbles upon a web of corporate greed and murder that threatens to claim her life. And onward, to an inglorious present-day England; to a Korean superstate of the near future where neocapitalism has run amok; and, finally, to a postapocalyptic Iron Age Hawaii in the last days of history." "But the story doesn't even end there. The narrative then boomerangs back through centuries and space, returning by the same route, in reverse, to its starting point. Along the way, Mitchell reveals how his disparate characters connect, how their fates intertwine, and how their souls drift across time like clouds across the sky."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Awards
2004  New York Times Notable Books of the Year
2005  American Library Association Notable Books
2005  Galaxy British Book Awards
2004  Library Journal Best Books of the Year


Author Notes
  David Mitchell's first novel, Ghostwritten, was published in 2000. It was awarded the Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize for the best book by a writer under thirty-five, and was short-listed for the Guardian First Book Award. His second novel, Number9Dream, followed in 2002 and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize as well as the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. In 2003, David Mitchell was selected as one of the Best of Young British Novelists by Granta. He recently returned to Britain from Japan, where he spent several years, and now lives in Ireland.
Characters
NameEwing, Adam
GenderMale
OccupationNotary
TraitAmerican

NameFrobisher, Robert
GenderMale
OccupationComposer
TraitsEnglish
Bisexual

NameSexsmith, Rufus
GenderMale
OccupationNuclear scientist

NameRey, Luisa
GenderFemale
OccupationJournalist

NameCavendish, Timothy
GenderMale
OccupationPublisher

NameSonmi-451
GenderFemale
OccupationWaitress
TraitsGenetically engineered
Clone

NameZachry
GenderMale
OccupationGoatherd
TraitHawaiian

GenreFiction
Literary
Sociological
Epistolary
Diary
TopicsCultural conflict
Human nature
Abuse of power
Oppression
Colonialism
Post-apocalyptic society
Reincarnation
SettingInternational