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Publisher: New York : Random House, c1999.
ISBN: 9780679463047


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mvkramer Nov 28, 2015

This story reminds me of the idea of "six degrees of separation" - a bunch of loosely-connected vignettes from disparate people's lives that somehow connect. As always, David Mitchell has an excellent command of voice - all his characters sound distinct and real. From "Clear Island" on, though, there's an abrupt shift in tone and theme that I found jarring. Still, a very good book, especially for a first novel.

Nov 20, 2014

Mitchell is really good at getting into different personas and eras and cultures in a vivid and interesting way. I like the themes of randomness, chance, coincidence and destiny that he focuses on in the 3 books of his I have read so far. The little connections between each of the the individual stories and his other novels makes for a concentrated and rewarding reading experience!

Oct 17, 2014

An very good novel on with respect to fate and chance. Well crafted with nine different stories woven into one novel. Enjoyable and worth reading.

NYPLRecommends Jul 28, 2014

NYPL Staff Pick
Ghostwritten was David Mitchell’s debut novel. A terrorist in Okinawa, a record store worker in Tokyo, a recently separated financial lawyer in Hong Kong, an old woman living in a shack in China, an eight-year old Mongolian boy’s ghost, an art thief in St. Petersburg, a playboy ghostwriter in London, a paranoid physicist in Ireland, and a DJ in New York. Each distinct character carries its own style and tone. The stories are so delicately connected it leave the reader feeling untethered among boundless other lives. Not for those who need to feel their feet on the ground at all times.
- Lynn Lobash, Readers Services

Jun 28, 2013

More a series of loosely linked stories than a novel. The final chapter brings them together, but in a nebulous way. Might need to read this book twice. The individual stories make the effort worthwhile. Each is narrated by a different character with a distinctive voice and personality. And the various locales are vividly described. A fascinating perspective on the convergence of the human spirit.

GeoffAbel Jan 24, 2013

A superlative 1st novel. This is more a series of vaguely connected short stories rather than the more tiresome random-lives-colliding stories moviemakers love to make. The writing, the stories and characters are top notch - although the enigmatic ending seems a bit too enigmatic (meaning artsy). I'm excited to read more by Mitchell

bryanfok2003 Sep 01, 2012

The so-called interconnection between the characters are as simple as the way of meeting someone related to other characters in a restaurant in Hong Kong or a teashack in Holy mountain. And these connections mean very little in the whole story that the stories can go on without them. It is really below my expectation.

squib May 17, 2012

Loved this. Lots and lots. Definitely a book I will purchase, read again and again and share with friends.

David Mitchell, I hate you for having so much talent at such a young age. thank you for writing.

Mar 31, 2012

More like 9 interconnected character sketches of people all over the world-- and not all are human. Some of the connections felt really forced. Entertaining in a I-wonder-how-that-person's-life-is-connected-to-that-one-and-in-how-many-degrees sort of way.

Sep 24, 2011

David Mitchell is a find! I liked this even better than the Cloud Atlas.

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Mar 31, 2012

"We're all ghostwriters, my boy. And it's not just our memories. Our actions, too. We all think we're in control of our own lives, but really they're pre-ghostwritten by forces around us."

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