The dazzling new novel from the bestselling author of CLOUD ATLAS
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014
Run away, one drowsy summer´s afternoon, with Holly Sykes: wayward teenager, broken-hearted rebel and unwitting pawn in a titanic, hidden conflict.
Over six decades, the consequences of a moment´s impulse unfold, drawing an ordinary woman into a world far beyond her imagining. And as life in the near future turns perilous, the pledge she made to a stranger may become the key to her family´s survival . . .
David Mitchell is one of the most acclaimed authors of his generation - ´Just about the most audacious, thrilling and, above all, entertaining young British novelist there is´ (Observer). He has been shortlisted twice for the Man Booker Prize and longlisted four times, as well as won the John Llewellyn Rhys, Geoffrey Faber Memorial and South Bank Show Literature Prizes, and the Richard & Judy Best Read. He was also selected as one of Granta´s Best Young British Novelists in 2003 and named by Time as one of the world´s 100 most influential people in 2007. His previous novels are Ghostwritten, number9dream, Cloud Atlas, which was adapted for film in 2012, Black Swan Green and The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet.
In 2013, The Reason I Jump: One Boy´s Voice From the Silence of Autism by Naoki Higashida was published in a translation from the Japanese by David Mitchell and KA Yoshida. It was an immediate bestseller in the UK and later in the US as well. The Bone Clocks is David Mitchell´s sixth novel.
As always the content of David Mitchell's books is very difficult to describe, because it consist (mostly) of stories about people who have met very briefly, touching each others life's for maybe a day or two - then go their seperate ways. Mitchell accompanies each of these individuals for a considerably short time until they are replaced
As always the content of David Mitchell's books is very difficult to describe, because it consist (mostly) of stories about people who have met very briefly, touching each others life's for maybe a day or two - then go their seperate ways. Mitchell accompanies each of these individuals for a considerably short time until they are replaced by someone else who incidentally joins the storyline.
Added to (t)his usual storyline is a touch of the supernatural in "The Bone Clocks", in a world where foreign spirits seek out human hosts. All the men who have been "inhabited" by these souls meet earlier or later in this book, whereupon each meeting either turns out to be an intimate one or one that ends in a total desaster during which one of the participants - or let's rather say: one of the human hosts - finds their untimely end.
The structure of the storyline and the variety of different enunciations in this book are very closely modelled on Mitchell's first book "Ghostwritten" and on his bestseller "Cloud Atlas", which turns "The Bone Clocks" once more into very challenging reading matter that makes you wonder why nearly every other work of fiction suddenly seems dull in comparison David Mitchell's writing style.
I don't mean to diminish other examples of extraordinary fiction but once you've read an English (!) book written by David Mitchell you find nearly everything else quite relaxing and easy to read. Enjoy this remarkable ride through all the diversity that the English language (and in fact all the other languages that David Mitchell has mastered) has to offer!
So looking to your next book, David Mitchell!