Honestly, this book… THIS BOOK. By the third chapter, the following thought was creeping into my head: “This may be one of my most favorite books of all time.” THREE CHAPTERS.
Oh my god. I don’t even know where to being.
This book is 6 different stories, intertwined. The narrative moves forward, chronologically, through half of each story, and then spins it all around in reverse chronological order, finishing each story and fulfilling the questions you had about how one relates to another. The tiniest things, interconnected. One life lends itself to the next. Ah-may-zing. Additionally, 6 fantastic endings, all with different emotions, messages, and varying levels of conclusion.
This concept is so unlike any other book I’ve ever read. Who thinks of something like this? David Mitchell, apparently. Literary genius, if you ask me. Each story is so incredibly unique, it’s almost hard to believe a single author was able to pull this off. Each chapter/story a new voice, a new time period, a new setting, a new set of research, a new slew of characters. And each story absolutely riveting. It could’ve been six separate novellas, but the way they string together – sometimes blatantly, sometimes subtly – is absolute pure creative brilliance.
I had dreams about this book and many of its characters – mostly Sonmi-451. Absolutely loved her story, probably my favorite of the book. She invaded my dreams on a regular basis for several nights.
Admittedly, the book was a bit difficult to get into. It starts off in the 1830s with the language quite accurate for the time, making for a bit of navigational reading. However, totally worth it. Also, if the book jacket description didn’t give a brief outline of the plot (6 stories, over time, running together), I probably would’ve been totally lost as to what in the heck I was reading. But, going in with that knowledge, and the absolutely like masterminded story-telling of David Mitchell, I can say I am absolutely a fan. (As if you hadn’t figured that out by now.)
Go read this book, immediately.
Now I suppose I can watch the movie, though I’m positive that given my love of the book its cinematic take will be somewhat disappointing – it almost always is.