A postmodern visionary who is also a master of styles of genres, David Mitchell combines flat-out adventure, a Nabokovian lore of puzzles, a keen eye for character, and a taste for mind-bending philosophical and scientific speculation in the tradition of Umberto Eco and Philip K. Dick. The result is brilliantly original fiction that reveals how disparate people connect, how their fates intertwine, and how their souls drift across time like clouds across the sky.
” Mitchell is, clearly, a genius. He writes as though at the helm of some perpetual dream machine, can evidently do anything, and his ambition is written in magma across this novel’s every page.”–The New York Times Book Review
“One of those how-the-holy-hell-did-he-do-it? modern classics that no doubt is–and should be–read by any student of contemporary literature.”–Dave Eggers
“Wildly entertaining . . . a head rush, both action-packed and chillingly ruminative.”–People
“The novel as series of nested dolls or Chinese boxes, a puzzle-book, and yet–not just dazzling, amusing, or clever but heartbreaking and passionate, too. I’ve never read anything quite like it, and I’m grateful to have lived, for a while, in all its many worlds.”–Michael Chabon
This book, apart from being an engrossing read, is ingeniously crafted. From the start, the reader is immersed in a beguiling array of seemingly independent stories. These stories, however, are skillfully interwoven by a hidden and overarching thread…which is revealed to us only once we have ventured deep enough to be affected by it. This book stretched my understanding of the limitations of a “story.” I devoured it. It devoured me. I loved it.