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Cloud Atlas Summary
David Mitchell (author)

Everything you need to understand or teach Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell (author).

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  • 180 Multiple Choice Questions
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Cloud Atlas Summary

Plot Summary

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell is a set of six interconnected tales that span generations and continents to illustrate the basic human condition. The novel begins and returns at the end to the mid-nineteenth century, giving the reader a warning glimpse at the future of our society along the journey.

The first tale, "The Pacific Journal of Adam Ewing," takes place in the mid-1800s in the South Pacific. Adam Ewing, a notary from California, is traveling back home from Australia after seeking the beneficiary of a will. He meets and befriends an English doctor, Henry Goose, while marooned briefly on the Chatham Islands during ship repairs. Goose ends up continuing the journey with Ewing and the ship.

When the ship sails, Ewing finds that an island native, Autua, has stowed away in his cabin. Autua presents himself to the captain, who reluctantly takes him on...

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