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The Bone Clocks (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

David Mitchell
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Something truly fantastical: an epic in many voices featuring supernatural beings, rips in reality and a global battle between good and evil. Yet Mitchell's superlative prose makes this much more than a tall tale: the novel also takes in family love and loss, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and a horribly plausible near-future in which the end of oil is catapulting the world towards barbarism ... It's a globe-trotting, mind-bending, hair-raising triumph, already sitting pretty on the Booker longlist. Guardian As his oeuvre develops, he seems to be getting cleverer, braver and delightfully madder ... In the wrong hands, magical storytelling like this would make you cringe. But in Mitchell's it thrills. He is funny, hip and full of life. Which other writer could match his witty elision of fiction and science, of sense and nonsense? This beautiful explosion of adventurous ideas may well take him, finally, beyond the Booker shortlist. The Times If only real life were as elegant and generally encouraging as a Mitchell novel! He writes with scintillating verve and abundance. The joyful, consoling world of Mitchell is the world of childhood, where the parameters between reality and fantasy are fluid; the overall effect is like literary regression therapy for adults who have been whipped and abused by real life. Daily Telegraph Mitchell has a vigorous, shape-shifting imagination, and his pen tracks his thoughts with extraordinary agility. Moving from place to place, time to time, he can summon up a setting in a line ... for its experimentation, humour, hybrid energy, and sheer narrative pleasure, The Bone Clocks compels admiration. Evening Standard If I could file a review that consisted only of the word "wow" 900 times over, it still wouldn't quite capture my delirious response to David Mitchell's stunning, funny, sad, prophetic, fantastical, satirical, achingly real and gloriously fictitious new novel. Scotsman When a writer creates a world in which centuries-dead reincarnated souls are at war - and makes it entirely believable - you know you're in the hands of a master ... Every page fizzes with energy and humour. Wildly imaginative and truly magical, this is a big, chunky feast of a book Sunday Mirror With 600 pages of metafictional shenanigans in relentlessly brilliant prose, The Bone Clocks hits lots of hot buttons, from the horrors of the Iraq war to the Eternal Battle of Good and Evil to the near-future downfall of our civilisation ... Death is at the heart of this novel. And there lies its depth and darkness, bravely concealed with all the wit and sleight of hand and ventriloquistic verbiage and tale-telling bravura of which Mitchell is a master ... It's a whopper of a story. -- Ursula K Le Guin Guardian Intellectually rigorous and stunningly imaginative ... a rich and dense, inventive and witty thriller which, if you enjoyed Cloud Atlas and Mitchell's other works will leave you completely spellbound Daily Express I was completely blown away ... Mitchell's first-class imagination delivers a complex and exciting premise that transcends into an incredibly explosive, surprising, intelligent, dark and magical story. Stylist Mitchell's mesmerizing saga is evidence of the power of story to transport us, and even to stop time entirely. Vanity Fair At once a gripping thriller and a far-out fantasy, a brilliant mash-up that pulsates with energy, satire and wit. Tatler It's massively bold and ambitious, but also thoroughly readable, funny and moving. Heat Mitchell is a consummate craftsman ... For sci-fi fantasists, the imaginary world Mitchell creates might be a thing of wonder, a Dungeons and Dragons for literate grown-ups. For others, I suspect the flesh and blood anguish of a long life lived well against the odds will prove the greater pleasure. Independent No one, clearly, has ever told Mitchell that the novel is dead. He writes with a furious intensity and slapped-awake vitality, with a delight in language and all the rabbit holes of experience ... Very few [writers] excite the reader about both the visceral world and the visionary one as Mitchell does New York Times Book Review Our most accomplished inventor of multitudinous worlds, which are filled with complex, vital people ... The Bone Clocks features a gyre-works inventiveness that's well matched by (bizarrely) cerebral substance ... his most sinewy, fine and full book to date, a Mobius strip-tripping great novel that will reward bleary-eyed rereading -- Randy Boyagoda Financial Times If David Mitchell isn't the most talented novelist of his generation, is there any doubt that he is the most multi-talented? He is, at his best, a superior writer to Jonathan Franzen, a better storyteller than Michael Chabon, more wickedly clever than Jennifer Egan, nearly as fluent as Junot Diaz in multiple dialects, and as gifted as Alice Munro ... [The Bone Clocks] offers everything you could possibly want from a conjurer at the height of his powers - a ludicrously ambitious, unstoppably clever epic told through a chorus of diverse narrators that is both outrageous in scope and meticulous in execution ... The Bone Clocks affords its readers the singular gift of reading - the wish to stay put and to be nowhere else but here. The Atlantic Dazzling ... Mitchell's heavy arsenal of talents is showcased in these pages: his symphonic imagination; his ventriloquist's ability to channel the voices of myriad characters from different time zones and cultures; his intuitive understanding of children and knack for capturing their solemnity and humor; and his ear for language - its rhythms, sounds and inflections. -- Michiko Kakutani New York Times With The Bone Clocks, Mitchell rises to meet and match the legacy of Cloud Atlas ... interconnected lives stretch across time; human contact is both frightening and vital. This novel electrifyingly unites Mitchell's fictions into one universe while telling the story of Holly Sykes, an ordinary young woman whose chance encounters give her life meaning. LA Times [The Bone Clocks] has finally descended incarnate from the mind of this divinely inventive author ... This new novel offers up a rich selection of domestic realism, gothic fantasy and apocalyptic speculation, stretching around the world from the Margaret Thatcher era of the 1980s to the Endarkenment of 2043 ... Some of these narrators are moving and sympathetic; others radiate the metastasizing creepiness of a Patricia Highsmith villain. Their stories evolve in subtly distinctive tones and forms Washington Post Mitchell's new novel almost manages to make the rest of his work look hidebound and provincial ... Mitchell is writing about a mortal among immortals, and he never abandons the human half of the story: the fell swoop of first love, the labyrinth of silence where unhappy couples live, the clear cut inside a parent when a child goes missing, the chasm between frontline and home front in a nation at war ... I was undone by the ending New York Magazine One of the most entertaining and thrilling novels I've read in a long time. Much of the entertainment comes from Mitchell's mastery over what feels like the entire world and all its inhabitants. Time keeps pulsing ahead in The Bone Clocks, and Mitchell pushes his cast of characters into the future, ending the book in a terrifying world. But for all the dystopia, and the mysticism, and the wild and clanging noise, and the flights of invention that have taken place in this extraordinary fun house of a novel, Mitchell's novel-writing rules allow him to retain his great sensitivity toward his main character from start to finish. NPR Is The Bone Clocks the most ambitious novel ever written, or just the most Mitchell-esque? ... From gritty realism to far-out fantasy, each section has its own charm and surprises. With its wayward thoughts, chance meetings, and attention to detail, Mitchell's novel is a thing of beauty. Publishers Weekly Another exacting, challenging and deeply rewarding novel from logophile and time-travel master Mitchell ... If Thatcher's 1984 is bleak, then get a load of what awaits us in 2030. Speculative, lyrical and unrelentingly dark - trademark Mitchell, in other words. Kirkus Reviews


In 1984, teenager Holly Sykes runs away from home - a Gravesend pub. Sixty years later, she is to be found in the far west of Ireland, raising a granddaughter as the world's climate collapses.

In between, Holly is encountered as a barmaid in a Swiss resort by an undergraduate sociopath in 1991; has a child with a foreign correspondent covering the Iraq War in 2003; and, widowed, becomes the confidante of a self-obsessed author of fading powers and reputation during the present decade. Yet these changing personae are only part of the story, as Holly's life is repeatedly intersected by a slow-motion war between a cult of predatory soul-decanters and a band of vigilantes led by one Doctor Marinus. Holly begins as an unwitting pawn in this war - but may prove to be its decisive weapon.

The arc of a life, a social seismograph, a fantasy of shadows and an inquiry into aging, mortality and survival, THE BONE CLOCKS could only have been written by David Mitchell.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 3001 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 609 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0340921609
  • Verlag: Sceptre (2. September 2014)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00KG6L02A
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Word Wise: Aktiviert
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.2 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (9 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #5.459 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Mitchell macht Mystery 10. September 2014
Von Peer Sylvester TOP 1000 REZENSENT
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Das Buch beginnt in den 80er Jahren mit der Teenagerin Holly Sykes, die von zu Hause ausreißt, um bei ihrem älteren Liebhaber zu wohnen. Mehr will ich auch nicht verraten, denn die Story lebt durchaus von ihren Wendungen. Nur so viel: Wie bei Ghostwritten/Chaos oder Wolkenatlas ist jeder Abschnitt eine andere Zeit (immer weiter Richtung Gegenwart und dann Zukunft) und immer aus der Sicht eines anderen Hauptdarstellers geschrieben. Anders als bei Vorgenannten sind die einzelnen Bücher aber durch eine Hauptstory verbunden, auch wenn die Verbindung am Anfang etwas mehr im Hintergrund steht.
Und da sind wir ein bisschen bei dem Problem des Buches: Als Mitchell-Fan habe ich mich sehr gefreut, dass seine Erzählstruktur (verschiedene Hauptdarsteller) mit einem Hauptplot stark verbunden wurde. Nun ist dieser Hauptplot tief im Mystery/Urban Fantasy - Genre angesiedelt. Mich stört das nicht, andere werden das sicherlich nicht mögen. Allerdings wirkt dieser Plot über die erste Hälfte des Buches eher wie ein Fremdkörper. Die Abschnitte beschreiben ansonsten eher mundane Szenen (so wie bei Black Swan Green etwa) und das machen sie sehr, sehr gut (Meine Frau blätterte nur kurz im Buch, um dann gefesselt weiterzulesen). Und jedes Mal kommt dann dieser Mystery-Aspekt hinein, der nicht so recht zum Rest passen mag. Wenn dann der Abschnitt kommt, der sich ausschließlich mit diesem Aspekt beschäftigt, wirkt es fast wie ein neues Buch, in das man sich erst hineinlesen muss (dass dann aber wieder sehr spannend ist). Das nächste Kapitel ist dann wieder weitgehend so bodenständig, dass die Fallhöhe enorm ist.
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Von Felix Richter TOP 100 REZENSENT
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Was hat dieser Mann nur für eine Fantasie! Wieder ein Roman mit sechs eigenständigen, großartig konzipierten Plots - 'wieder' bezieht sich auf "Cloud Atlas", den einzigen anderen Roman Mitchells, denn ich bisher gelesen habe - die hier aber wesentlich stärker verknüpft sind als dort. Das verbindende Element ist die Lebensgeschichte von Holly Sykes, zu Beginn und zum Schluss erzählt aus ihrem eigenen Blickwinkel, und dazwischen aus dem der Männer, die sie geliebt haben - ein Leben, das in eine unerfreuliche, gar nicht so weit entfernte Zukunft führt, in der es kein Öl, keine Ordnung und keine Perspektive mehr gibt. Auch das kennen wir schon von "Cloud Atlas", allerdings längst nicht so beklemmend plausibel skizziert wie hier.

So weit, so realistisch. Die kleine Holly hört zwar manchmal Stimmen, aber das ordnet man eher einer frühen Schizophrenie zu, von der sie sogar zunächst geheilt werden kann. Allerdings, hier irrt der Leser. David Mitchell nimmt sich nämlich die ziemlich dreiste Freiheit, seine eigentlich im Alltäglichen angesiedelte(n) Geschichte(n) mit einem Fantasy-Subplot zu unterfüttern, der sich gewaschen hat.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Well-written but disappointing 25. Januar 2015
Von Ellen
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This was my first Dave Mitchell book which I received as a present from friends who are fans of his work. So maybe I started with too high expectations. I found the book disappointing for a number of reasons. In agreement with other reviews I found it tedious to be drawn into a chapter and its characters only to loose them and start (almost) all over again in the next. Moreover, Mitchell takes his time in building his characters and though each chapter is rich in detail and well-written, at some point you start to realise that a great deal of all those rich and detailed descriptions do not really add to the story and seem to be written just to prove "I am an able writer" and you loose interest in engaging with the characters. Yet another issue for me was the fact that the fantasy part of the story did obey rules that were not shared with the reader so you just had to let you surprise by what was and what wasn't possible (and a lot made me feel that the author took a potential movie adaptation into account). Some readers may enjoy this aspect, for me it made me disconnect with the story and its characters. I also found the apocalyptical tone towards the end of the book quite annoying, not because I wouldn't think it possible. I do agree that many cultures/societies that collapsed did not see their end coming and fantastically failed at doing something about it, but the apocalyptic setting was quite unnecessary for the story (in fact, Mitchell could have rewritten the last chapter (omitting the apocalyptic setting) without having to alter much of the previous chapters; it was as if Mitchell simply grasped yet another opportunity to impress his views on his readership).
Everything together resulted in my loosing interest in who lived and who died.
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I loved this book and could hardly bear to put it down. Each different perspective drew me in, and every time the perspective changed I felt a sense of loss. Lesen Sie weiter...
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Ein klassisches Mitchell Buch. Wem Mystik und die verschiedenen Handlungsebenen gefallen die alle irgendwie miteinander verwoben sind (wie in den meisten seiner Buecher) der wird... Lesen Sie weiter...
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Having read most of Mitchell's novels I feel I can safely say that The Bone Clocks is among his best works while being marginally different in genre including elements more typical... Lesen Sie weiter...
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David Mitchell at his best - again! Delightful to meet old friends again unexpectedly. An absolute must for Mitchell fans.
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