Cloud Atlas Topics for Discussion

David Mitchell (author)
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How does the unique structure of the novel (its pairs of chapters that go forward and then backwards in time) add (or detract) from the telling of the story? Is the structure merely a clever literary device or does it add something to the novel?

Several subtle threads tie all of the chapters and time periods together. Describe two of these, such as the "comet-shaped" birthmark, and give examples from each pair of chapters.

How does the author use literary devises to create a unique mood for each pair of chapters? Give examples of these and where they are used in the novel.

In each pair of chapters, there is one character that is not quite what he, at first, would appear to be. Identify these characters as well as the hints given that might lead the reader to their true identity.

War and conflict...

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