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"Cloud Atlas" Book Discussion- lunch

When Jul 31, 2013
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where Decorah Public Library
Contact Name
Contact Phone 563-382-3717
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Decorah Public Library will host two discussions of David Mitchell’s “Cloud Atlas” in July: an evening discussion at 7 p.m. Mon. July 29 and a brown bag lunch discussion at 12 p.m. Wed. July 31. Copies of the book are available for check-out at the front desk of the library.   

In this bestselling novel, Mitchell weaves history, science, humor, and suspense through six separate but related narratives, each set in a different time and place, each written in a different prose style, and each broken mid-action only to be concluded in the second half of the book.

A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer seeking 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 civilization—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.

David Mitchell has written five novels, two of which were shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Born and raised in England, he lived for a year in Sicily, then moved to Hiroshima, Japan, where he taught English to technical students for eight years before returning to England. After another stint in Japan, he currently lives in Ireland with his wife Keiko and their two children.

“Cloud Atlas” is now a major motion picture starring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon, and Hugh Grant, and directed by Lana and Andy Wachowski and Tom Tykwer.


The book discussion is free and open to all; no registration necessary. Call Kristin at 563-382-3717 with questions.


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