I’m half-way through one of the most intelligent and enjoyable books I’ve read all year. If you’ve read Cloud Atlas, you’ll know that the book is broken up into six seemingly unrelated adventure stories, all told in different styles and genres. As we make our way through these worlds, we see they are indeed bound by some commonalities.
Two of my favorite characters from the book are Adam Ewing, a notary caught up on a Pacific voyage in New Zealand around the 1830s, and Robert Frobisher, a down-and-out composer circa 1931 who endears himself to a famous modernist composer in Holland in exchange for a place to stay and some reprieve from his creditors. David Mitchell creates living, breathing people within a few paragraphs of prose. Needless to say, I began envisioning all the places I wanted to visit, wines I wanted to drink, and histories I wanted to study to better understand the lives of these characters, now my close friends. These are two of my “wanderlust visions,” inspired by Cloud Atlas.
Have you read the book? What were your impressions? Do these story boards make sense to you? If not, would you be interested in reading it? I can’t recommend it strongly enough.
PS, in the first storyboard I say “buy a good dictionary” because Mitchell throws out all kinds of $20 words. It’s invigorating, really.