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Ghostwritten

Format:  Paperback,

426 pages

Publisher: Random House Inc

Publish Date: Oct 2001

ISBN-13: 9780375724503

ISBN-10: 0375724508

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David Mitchell's electrifying debut novel takes readers on a mesmerizing trek across a world of human experience through a series of ingeniously linked narratives.
Oblivious to the bizarre ways in which their lives intersect, nine characters-a terrorist in Okinawa, a record-shop clerk in Tokyo, a money-laundering British financier in Hong Kong, an old woman running a tea shack in China, a transmigrating "noncorpum" entity seeking a human host in Mongolia, a gallery-attendant-cum-art-thief in Petersburg, a drummer in London, a female physicist in Ireland, and a radio deejay in New York-hurtle toward a shared destiny of astonishing impact. Like the book's one non-human narrator, Mitchell latches onto his host characters and invades their lives with parasitic precision, making Ghostwritten a sprawling and brilliant literary relief map of the modern world.

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Publisher: Random House Inc
Publish Date: Oct 2001
ISBN-13: 9780375724503
ISBN-10: 0375724508
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 426
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.79
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.2 x 1.01 x 8.01

About the author

Biography of Mitchell, David

David Stephen Mitchell (born 12 January 1969) is an English novelist. He has written five novels, two of which, Number9dream (2001) and Cloud Atlas (2004), were short listed for the Booker Prize. In 2012 Mitchell's Cloud Atlas was made into a major motion picture film starring Tom Hanks and Halle Berry. Mitchell was educated at the University of Kent, where he obtained a degree in English and American Literature followed by an M.A. in Comparative Literature. In 2003, he was listed among Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in The World.

His other novels include Ghostwritten, Black Swan Green and The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet. In Black Swan Green, Mitchell's main character is a 13-year-old boy who stutters; Mitchell also suffers from this speech impediment and is a patron of the British Stammering Association.

Chapter outline

Okinawap. 1
Tokyop. 33
Hong Kongp. 63
Holy Mountainp. 107
Mongoliap. 147
Petersburgp. 197
Londonp. 255
Clear Islandp. 311
Night Trainp. 373
Undergroundp. 421

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2000-08-01)

Gleefully self-referential, slyly philosophical, subtly postmodern, Mitchell's debut novel consists of nine intertwining tales and the people who move within and among them. Spanning the globe Dfrom teeming Tokyo to the isolated Holy Mountain, from the idyllic Clear Island to Old Man LondonDthe characters also run the gamut: criminal, professional, genius, provincial, fanatic. The novel evades the reader's aim to discern a moral, instead exploring the motions of consciousness through various lives in nine distinct and elegant voices.

Although the numerous viewpoints can be distancing, the challenges of this intellectual puzzle propel the reader to the rather bizarre but compelling last two chapters. As Mitchell's Mr. Cavendish purports, "We all think we're in control of our own lives, but really they're pre-ghostwritten by forces around us". So how well does the thing read? Very well. Perhaps not revelatory, but this contemplative pleasure of a book is recommended for all public libraries.

[Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 5/1/00.] - DAnn Kim, "Library Journal"

(c). Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

David Mitchell's electrifying debut novel takes readers on a mesmerizing trek across a world of human experience through a series of ingeniously linked narratives.

Oblivious to the bizarre ways in which their lives intersect, nine characters-a terrorist in Okinawa, a record-shop clerk in Tokyo, a money-laundering British financier in Hong Kong, an old woman running a tea shack in China, a transmigrating "noncorpum" entity seeking a human host in Mongolia, a gallery-attendant-cum-art-thief in Petersburg, a drummer in London, a female physicist in Ireland, and a radio deejay in New York-hurtle toward a shared destiny of astonishing impact. Like the book's one non-human narrator, Mitchell latches onto his host characters and invades their lives with parasitic precision, making Ghostwritten a sprawling and brilliant literary relief map of the modern world.

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