The Bone Clocks

The Bone Clocks

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Hardcover, Pages: 624

Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Literary Fiction

Language: English

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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.

Reader Reviews
  •    Yozshukazahn Misshula
    2020
    One of the many characters in the novel, a literary agent, says: "A book cannot be half-fantastic. Nor can a woman be half pregnant." But here, ironically, David Mitchell makes the sentence lie in this dystopia that combines paranormal phenomena and sociological analysis. All his fictional art unfolds and reaches heights in a narrative frame with tasty dialogues tinged with this British humour that I appreciate. A novel with many voices: those of Holly Sykes, rebellious teenager then mature woman, Hugo Lamb, dandy student with dubious ethics, Crispin Hershey, fallen writer, Ed Brubeck, reporter abroad and Dr Iris Marinus-Fenby, psychiatrist, who speak to us through the years (the story extends from 1984 to 2043). It discusses family ties, environmental issues, human destiny and the ubiquitous death. Brilliantly told and knitted, this story places David Mitchell at the forefront of contemporary authors whose prose must be read.
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  •    Voodooshakar Hafenman
    2020
    I forced myself not to read more than 100 pages a day so I wouldn't finish this book too quickly. I was happy to see David Mitchell going back to the threaded storylines and fantastical diversions that I loved so much with Cloud Atlas after the historical fiction turn he took in The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet.

    The hardback has a beautiful color and silky pages. :)

    I'm putting all my thoughts behind a spoiler, in case details ruin your enjoyment of discovery.

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