Publication Order of Standalone Novels
|Ghostwritten||(1999)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Number9dream||(2001)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Cloud Atlas||(2004)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Black Swan Green||(2005)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet||(2010)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Bone Clocks||(2014)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Slade House||(2015)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
Publication Order of Short Story Collections
Publication Order of Omnibus Books
|Cloud Atlas / Black Swan Green / The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet||(2014)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
David Mitchell is the author of many short stories, operas, and novels, but none of his books have sequels. He and his wife Keiko Yoshida live, with their two kids, in County Cork, Ireland. He has lived in Japan two times, and it helped him become a better writer, according to his own accounts. He also has a stammer, and a son with autism. Mitchell wrote a semi-autobiographical book called “Black Swan Green” that features a narrator with a stammer; he believes that the book allowed him to be honest about his speech impediment, otherwise he believes that he never would have admitted he had a problem otherwise. Him and his wife also translated a book from Japanese to English called “The Reason I Jump”. Mitchell graduated from the University of Kent with a degree in English and American Literature. He also has a M.A. in Comparative Literature.
His novels tend to move around, either in location or in time. And sometimes, like in the case of “Ghostwritten” with many different narrators AND many different places. These will feature great depth and detail, requiring multiple reads (or taking notes) to keep track of everything flying around in the book. Some will feature the standard one storyteller in one place.
“Ghostwritten” the first novel released by David Mitchell. This novel is set in many different places, like: USA, Ireland, Britain, Russia, and East Asia (where the bulk of the novel is set). Each chapter in the book is centered around a different character, but the book is held together with certain things that are similar and would appear to be coincidental. In all, there are nine chapters with a short coda concluding the book. The whole book is told in the first-person and takes a peek at community, coincidence, catastrophe, fate, and causality all in the modern day.
The book has been praised by its fans for the book’s ability to be complex, ambitious, and intriguing; it’s ability to show that the world is a paradox, tiny yet large. The readers who liked this book say that the book is best when read in one sitting to keep track of all the characters and all the threads running around in the book. Or at the very least, take notes (lots of them) to keep everything straight. Possibly even read the book twice. The characters in the book are very real, these people say, but all different. The readers also praise Mitchell’s writing ability; more specifically, his confidence. He will try anything and have no fear about it. Mitchell can change his style to fit whatever he is talking about and can describe anything in any way possible. The readers that did not enjoy the book as much said that the connections created throughout the book with many of the characters are just left hanging at the end of the book, an important character is gotten rid of in a very weak way. It was almost as though the author stopped putting the amount of effort in the latter part of the book and just tried to throw the rest of the book together. The readers that feel this way, think that you should stop reading up to this point rather than spoil the great, enjoying read up to this point. The book was on its way, for them at least, to being considered great, but this wrecked it for them.
Some readers may be turned off by this book because of how dense the novel is. It may be quite the undertaking for some readers, more than some can handle. For those who can handle the denseness, it will delight them more than most books will.
“number9dream” is the second book by David Mitchell. This book features one narrator, Eiji, and a coming of age story; it also contains what actually happens in Eiji’s life with what he fantasizes happening in his life as well. Eiji is visiting Tokyo to meet his father for the first time. Eiji’s sister has recently died and his mother is an alchoholic who left Eiji and his sister with their grandmother; never allowing them to meet their father. His father is private and very powerful. He must wade through very dangerous elements (the yakuza or Japanese mafia) to meet the man, who very reluctantly wants to meet him. He was this man’s bastard son many years ago. He finds his grandpa’s diary and reads it, these diary entries make up the second half of the book.
People who did not like the book say that the fun moments found in the book do not add up to a complete enjoying book. They will be left wondering what effect the events of the book had on him, if any. They also do not like the grandffather’s diary entries as they feel that they distract and puzzle the reader, taking away from the main story of the book. The people who like the book say that the short sections of the diary fit in with the rest of the book, making for a quite interesting read in the book and do not take up that much of the book. Some readers think that this book’s criticism is from people who do not know what they are talking about and those readers are not to be trusted. The book is an excellent read and a great example of a character using his imagination to get through the mundane of everyday life. This book is not for the reader who cannot give in to their imagination (or to a character using his). The book features great depth in the characters and will challenge the reader, in a good way.
His novel “Cloud Atlas”, which came out in 2004, is probably the book that most people know by him as it was turned into a movie that starred Halle Berry and Tom Hanks. A segment of his second book “number9dream”, was turned into a short film that starred Martin Freeman called “The Voorman Problem”.
In addition to being shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, and the Man Booker Prize (twice) he was listed on Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2007. He also won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize (a British literature awarded to authors younger than 35).Book Series In Order » Authors » David Mitchell