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The Bone Clocks
The Bone Clocks
The Bone Clocks
Аудиокнига24 часа

The Bone Clocks

Написано David Mitchell

Озвучено Jessica Lauren Ball, Leon Williams и Colin Mace

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David Mitchell is an eloquent conjurer of interconnected tales, a genre-bending daredevil, and a master prose stylist. His hypnotic new novel, The Bone Clocks, crackles with invention and wit—it is fiction at its most spellbinding and memorable.

Following a scalding row with her mother, fifteen-year-old Holly Sykes slams the door on her old life. But Holly is no typical teenage runaway: A sensitive child once contacted by voices she knew only as "the radio people," Holly is a lightning rod for psychic phenomena. Now, as she wanders deeper into the English countryside, visions and coincidences reorder her reality until they assume the aura of a nightmare brought to life. For Holly has caught the attention of a cabal of dangerous mystics—and their enemies. But her lost weekend is merely the prelude to a shocking disappearance that leaves her family irrevocably scarred. This unsolved mystery will echo through every decade of Holly's life, affecting all the people Holly loves—even the ones who are not yet born. A Cambridge scholarship boy grooming himself for wealth and influence, a conflicted father who feels alive only while reporting from occupied Iraq, a middle-aged writer mourning his exile from the bestseller list—all have a part to play in this surreal, invisible war on the margins of our world.

From the medieval Swiss Alps to the nineteenth-century Australian bush, from a hotel in Shanghai to a Manhattan townhouse in the near future, their stories come together in moments of everyday grace and extraordinary wonder. Rich with character and realms of possibility, The Bone Clocks is a kaleidoscopic novel that begs to be taken apart and put back together.

ЯзыкEnglish
ИздательRecorded Books Audio
Дата выпуска2 сент. 2014 г.
ISBN9781490627878
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  • Рейтинг: 3 из 5 звезд
    3/5
    I think I would have enjoyed it more if two of the narrators hadn't been creepy guys being creepy. Otherwise it was an exciting tale of the life of a woman affected by a hidden supernatural war - set in the past, present, and future.
  • Рейтинг: 3 из 5 звезд
    3/5
    The Bone Clocks is told through the point of view of several characters during several periods of time, but their stories all come together to lead to the book's climax. Without spoiling the novel, I will say that the book is based on a unique idea about how the world works and where we all go when we die. Unfortunately, some section of the book are much better executed than others, or I would have given it a much higher rating.
  • Рейтинг: 2 из 5 звезд
    2/5
    I think I should have stopped reading after 100 pages, but I kept going because of the buzz about this book. Then with a little more than 120 pages to go I said screw it. I don't like books where you have to try to figure out who is speaking and there were parts to this book that seemed like they really didn't belong. Not that enjoyable.
  • Рейтинг: 3 из 5 звезд
    3/5
    That world wasn't made of stone, but sand.
    I'm afraid. One bad storm is all it will take.


    Likewise I fear that David Mitchell imagined his plot much more secure, a firm (albeit fickle)foundation across time and genre. He has made a name for such. Motifs and the pluck of personality transcend the centuries and continental divides in his deft hands.
    Unless they don't.
    Like here.
    The narrative arcs across the reader's imagination, a parabola of human frailty underscored with the uncanny. Yes, dear reader, Das Unheimliche. along with world building, Balzac at play at the fin du monde.

    Oh I wanted to love this. I was enchanted about how Magic Mountain featured early in the novel. I reflected on my wife and I reading Thomas Mann's masterpiece it in some baroque not-Woods translation, how we sat in a somewhat scary hotel bar in Memphis, how I pondered later that night calling Shelby Foote--he was in the phonebook.

    The novel proceeds from one Holly Sykes in the 1980s through a raconteur who finds Holly a few years later working in Switzerland. We shift gears and discover how the course was corrected. The supernatural now appears on every page and my interest began to wane.

    Suddenly there is a taunting portrait of an artist who may be an Amis. Not exactly Marty but the germ thereof. This section recall the Hull tangent in Cloud Atlas for better and worse. Which was fine until the next section which was YA urban fantasy, have you stumbled upon Freeforms's Shadowhunters, the TV series based on Cassandra Clare's series of novels The Mortal Instruments? If you said no, good for you. If you're familiar--then, yeah.

    I was ready to clear the deck, pitch the dreck, toss the book away and never reveal my thoughts. I love Mitchell, he brought my wife and I together. I bought this copy for her. Could I confess? What went wrong? Did his PC have formatting issues? Was his editor on mescaline?

    Then, the final section is a deft exploration of when the grid signs off with a crash. the EnDarkment. I loved this section and even the silver lining supernatural element in the closing pages couldn't sour my relief. This is likely a 2.4 book.
  • Рейтинг: 5 из 5 звезд
    5/5
    Tremendous. The reviews that suggested this was a return to Cloud Atlas-style Mitchell made me most nervous as that's my least favorite of his books that I've read. This starts off in Black Swan Green territory, dips back into the Jacob de Zoet narrative and then veers into bonkers literary Stephen King, sci-fi lunacy. I can't imagine how reading such a description would have encouraged me to read this, but I'm glad I did. As an overwound Bone Clock, I found this a delight.
  • Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд
    4/5
    Everything that happens has consequences in the future and one weekend for a 15-year old teenager after a fight with her mother has unexpected consequences throughout the rest of her life. The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell follows the life Holly Sykes through her own eyes and those four other characters during 60 years of her life.The book begins with a 15-year old Holly Sykes leaving home after a fight with her mother, only to have a life altering weekend for herself involving a trip to a paranormal world that she forgets and her family as her younger brother disappears. The book ends with a 74-year old Holly taking care of and wondering about the future of her granddaughter and foster son as climate change and resource depletion are sending the world towards a new dark age, though a surprising return of an old acquaintance results in them having a future. Between these two segments we follow the lives of an amoral political student Hugo Lamb, Holly’s husband Ed, author Crispin Hershey, and Marinus who is both a new and old acquaintance of Holly’s for a period of time in which they interact with Holly during different periods of her life that at first seem random but as the narrative progresses interconnect with one another in surprising ways including glimpses into a centuries long supernatural war in which Holly was directly involved in twice.From beginning to end, Mitchell created a page-turner in which the reader did not know what to expect. The blending of fiction and fantasy from the beginning then science fiction as the story went beyond 2014 (year of publication) as the narrative continued was expertly done. The use of first-person point-of-views were well done as was the surprise that the book wasn’t all through Holly’s point-of-view but switched with each of the six segments of the book giving the reader a mosaic view of Holly’s life. The introduction and slow filling in of the fantasy elements of the story were well done so when it really became the focus of the book in its fifth segment the reader was ready for it. On top of that the layers of worldbuilding throughout the book were amazing, as characters from one person’s point-of-view had random interactions with someone in another and so on. If there was one letdown it was the science fiction, nearly dystopian, elements of 2043 in which the political-economic setting seems farfetched—namely China who would be in trouble if there is an energy crisis and thus not dominate economically as portrayed in the book—that made the denouement land with a thud.I had no idea what to expect from The Bone Clocks and frankly David Mitchell impressed me a lot, save for the final 10% of the book. The blending of straight fiction, fantasy, and science fiction was amazing throughout the narrative and the numerous layers of worldbuilding, plot, and slowly evolving of the mostly unseen supernatural war that was instrumental to main points of the narrative. If a friend were to ask me about this book I would highly recommend it to them.
  • Рейтинг: 5 из 5 звезд
    5/5
    I adore this book. I care about the characters. I want to know more more more! Did not want this story to end...

    (midway) So far I love it, and don't want to put it down!
  • Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд
    4/5
    This was my first David Mitchell book and I really enjoyed it. I never knew where the story was going and while the book was big it was a quick read for me. I will definitely be going back and reading his previous books.
  • Рейтинг: 5 из 5 звезд
    5/5
    This was the second book of Mitchell’s that I’ve read. I picked it up very soon after Slade House and felt like I was getting a cup full of the same rather than the little teaspoon that Slade House had offered me. I really enjoyed it — it was full of all the strange creepiness that Slade House had but really wove a tale around characters and all their connections. I really enjoyed it and look forward to reading more from this author!