A novel never really ends for Mitchell, who’s said he likes “digging tunnels between books.” One of the key characters in Cloud Atlas turns up here, a half-century later, an eccentric crone of a mentor. Mitchell’s always leaving clues to a larger world, even amid the tiniest slice of space and time. Wherever he goes next (he’s mentioned a “Dutch-Japanese historical novel”), it will still seem part of his universe, and—thanks to his talent and compassion—a part of our own as well.
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By David Mitchell. Random House. 304 Pages.