short shameful confession #27

As part of my “reading lots of books” project, I started reading Cloud Atlas (kindle edition) over the holidays.  Quite frankly, I’d been completely underwhelmed by it but kept plugging away because of the hype assuming that it would eventually get better.  Eveon so, yesterday, as I was sort of slogging through a low point in the narrative I clicked through to the “home” screen on my kindle and realized, with a sigh of relief, that I was nearly finished with the book.  And it wasn’t until that point that I logged into goodreads to consult all of the ah-mazing reviews of this book and finally figured out that…all this time I’d been reading the wrong book.

Because, apparently, The Cloud Atlas is not the Cloud Atlas.

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3 thoughts on “short shameful confession #27

  1. Penny

    I did that with a book club book once! It was a one-word title, a woman’s name, and the author of the book I bought was someone we’d read before, so I assumed….

    Glad to hear you still have the real _Cloud Atlas_ ahead of you! When I read it (a long time back), I had never heard of it, or of David Mitchell, so there was no hype to compare it to. Might have been better that way?

  2. Elaine

    I’ve never read what most people think of as the “real” Cloud Atlas. But, I have read this one, and I liked it a lot. It did drag a bit at one point, but overall I enjoyed it. I’ll probably get around the reading the other one at some but, but for me, this one will be the real one, “The” Cloud Atlas.


    1. janaremy Post author

      Elaine: It wasn’t a terrible book, but it wasn’t what I was looking for. It actually spawned a nice convo last night with my son about WW2 so it wasn’t a total loss.

      This whole incident has been thinking that it’s one of the dangers of reading in kindle–the book is downloaded and decontextualized from the cover and from the bookstore–both of which would have been clues that this was not the book that I thought it was.

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