Thoughts after watching Cloud Atlas—once


This essay discusses Cloud Atlas (2012), written and directed by Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski, and Lana Wachowski, based on the novel by David Mitchell. Specific departures from Cloud Atlas, the book, render this aggressively unconventional movie adaptation more conventional, not less. It is well known that the filmmakers decomposed David Mitchell’s nesting doll structure into a mosaic, skittering...

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ISSUE FOUR: Call for Pitches! The Toronto Review of Books is currently looking for a few 800-word pieces, and a few 1500- to 2000-word pieces, as well as a poem or three, for our fourth issue. Essays in our regular issues review print and e-books, old and new, but also anything else that intrigues our contributors. We’re open to essays that look like reviews, essays that don’t look...