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Nine disparate but interconnected tales (and a short coda) in Mitchell’s Ghostwritten. David Mitchell, Author Random House (NY) $ (p) ISBN. The subway train in Tokyo was as crammed as a cattlewagon. Crammed with organs, wrapped in meat, wrapped in clothes. Silent and sweaty. I was half-afraid . Nicholas Blincoe on a haunting new voice: David Mitchell, in his debut book Ghostwritten.

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And like Cloud Atlas and Bone Clocks, Mitchell uses the novel to explore our species’ destructive tendencies toward our environment and our fellow humans, as well as the impulse to care for ghostwrtten and the ensuing conflicts.

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Though this makes for some truly fascinating stories, it also means that not each story is as compelling as the last. Lists with This Book. But I am discreet and conscientious, a nonhuman humanist. Truth evolves, devolves, with each added experience.

I was engrossed in the story from the very first line. This is a remarkable novel by a young writer of remarkable talent. Several of the episodes are outstanding pieces of prose.

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View all comments. Matter is thought, and thought is matter. View all 25 comments. The next quote is from the Russian episode, as Margarita Latunsky is a willing prisoner in an abusive relationship: I had been the intruder. The Zookeeper is trying to live up to his name by keeping the animals with animus separated.


I know people like to go on about how the other novel is all that, but there was something about this one that knocked my socks off a bit more. How should Mitchell’s books be read? When people rise up to destroy the current people in power it is usually because they are tired of the hardships and the suffering that they had to undergo.

For the type of author, see ghostwriter. To write in a language that is so beautiful, to create worlds that are so polished and so finished – for a debut! The sum is far greater than the parts none of the episodes are good enough to be considered successful short storiesand it is what makes the novel worthwhile.

You only find things that other people have hhostwritten.

Is it for power or want? History is made of people’s desires.

I only have 2 of his novels left to read so I hope he writes another one soon. As she leaves, Koji encourages Satoru to follow her. View all 58 comments. I would also recommend number9dream http: Then there is an adolescent jazz buff; a Nick Leeson-like Hong Kong trader; an old Chinese woman who runs a tea shack near a Buddhist shrine; a ghoztwritten spirit in Mongolia which can occupy the consciousness of anyone; a femme fatale mixed up with art thieves in St Petersburg; a ghostwriter of minor celebrity autobiographies up to high jinks in London’s low life; an Irish physicist fleeing her Dr Strangelove-ish paymasters; and finally, a late-night shock-jock in an apocalyptic New York of the near future who finds himself taking calls from a superior cyberconsciousness.


Seriously, this book is pretty damn awesome. What a ride it was!

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Just as the stories are linked, so are the spirits of the characters, each looking for their own private head space in a busy and changing world, but these links also question the nature of free will and chance versus determinism – and more besides.

Mitchelo caught most of those. But how it feels, this transmigration, how to describe that! Do I think it’s also way before its time? I have not quite figured out this sub-text yet hence the “to-re-read” shelving but it’s definitely there.