The Bone Clocks

Genomineerd voor de Man Booker Prize 2014

  • Engels
  • 1e druk
  • 9780340921623
  • juni 2015
  • Paperback
  • 640 pagina's
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David Mitchell

David Mitchell (Southport, 12 januari 1969) is een van de grootste Engelse schrijvers van dit moment. Met onder meer twee nominaties voor de Man Booker Prize, wordt zijn werk over de hele wereld vertaald. Hij schreef o.a. de romans De niet verhoorde gebeden van Jacob de Zoet, het verfilmde Wolkenatlas en Doorgang . Naast zijn romans schreef hij twee libretto’s voor opera’s met Nederlandse componisten.

Zijn werk staat bekend om de enorme verscheidenheid aan stijlen en vormen waarmee Mitchell verschillende verhaallijnen door elkaar vlecht. Zijn bekendste boek wat tevens verfilmd is, is 'Cloud Atlas'. In Cloud Atlas (Wolkenatlas) worden, net als zijn debuutroman 'Ghostwritten' (Geschreven door de Geesten, 1999), verschillende verhaallijnen in zeer uiteenlopende schrijfstijlen geschreven. Elk van de verhalen wordt halverwege abrupt beëindigd en het volgende verhaal bevat dan weer een verwijzing naar het vorige. Na het zesde verhaal worden de verschillende verhaallijnen weer in teruglopende volgorde afverteld. 'Cloud Atlas' werd gezien als het boek met de meeste kans op de felbegeerde Man Booker Prize 2004, maar won deze niet. 'Cloud Atlas' is Mitchells grootste bestseller en kwam in 2012 als bioscoopfilm uit.

Japan staat in zijn boeken staat vaak centraal, waarschijnlijk omdat hij lange tijd in Japan heeft gewoond. Zijn personages komen vaak in meerdere boeken terug, de ene keer als jeugdvol tienermeisje de andere keer als bijvoorbeeld een oude dame.
In 2007 stond hij op de lijst van 100 invloedrijkste personen van het Amerikaanse opinieblad 'Time'.

Mitchell is geboren in Southport, Lancashire (Nu Merseyside) in Engeland en groeide op in het eveneens Engelse Malvern, Worcestershire. Hij studeerde aan de Universiteit van Kent waar hij een diploma in Engels en Amerikaanse Literatuur haalde, gevolgd door een Master of Arts in Literatuurwetenschap (Comparative Literature). Mitchel ging daarna een jaar naar Sicilië en verhuisde toen naar Hiroshima, Japan, waar hij als leraar Engels op een technische school werkte en leefde van het geld dat hij verdiende als leraar en schrijver.
Vandaag de dag woont en werkt Mitchell samen met zijn Japanse vrouw Keiko Yoshida en twee kinderen in Ardfield, Ierland. Op bol.com vind je alle boeken van David Mitchell, waaronder het nieuwste boek van David Mitchell.

Samenvatting

The dazzling new novel from the bestselling author of CLOUD ATLAS. Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014 Run away, one drowsy summer's afternoon, with Holly Sykes: wayward teenager, broken-hearted rebel and unwitting pawn in a titanic, hidden conflict. Over six decades, the consequences of a moment's impulse unfold, drawing an ordinary woman into a world far beyond her imagining. And as life in the near future turns perilous, the pledge she made to a stranger may become the key to her family's survival . . .

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Another exacting, challenging and deeply rewarding novel from logophile and time-travel master Mitchell . . . If Thatcher's 1984 is bleak, then get a load of what awaits us in 2030. Speculative, lyrical and unrelentingly dark - trademark Mitchell, in other words. * Kirkus Reviews * Is The Bone Clocks the most ambitious novel ever written, or just the most Mitchell-esque? . . . From gritty realism to far-out fantasy, each section has its own charm and surprises. With its wayward thoughts, chance meetings, and attention to detail, Mitchell's novel is a thing of beauty. * Publishers Weekly * One of the most entertaining and thrilling novels I've read in a long time. Much of the entertainment comes from Mitchell's mastery over what feels like the entire world and all its inhabitants. Time keeps pulsing ahead in The Bone Clocks, and Mitchell pushes his cast of characters into the future, ending the book in a terrifying world. But for all the dystopia, and the mysticism, and the wild and clanging noise, and the flights of invention that have taken place in this extraordinary fun house of a novel, Mitchell's novel-writing rules allow him to retain his great sensitivity toward his main character from start to finish. * NPR * Mitchell's new novel almost manages to make the rest of his work look hidebound and provincial . . . Mitchell is writing about a mortal among immortals, and he never abandons the human half of the story: the fell swoop of first love, the labyrinth of silence where unhappy couples live, the clear cut inside a parent when a child goes missing, the chasm between frontline and home front in a nation at war . . . I was undone by the ending * New York Magazine * [The Bone Clocks] has finally descended incarnate from the mind of this divinely inventive author . . . This new novel offers up a rich selection of domestic realism, gothic fantasy and apocalyptic speculation, stretching around the world from the Margaret Thatcher era of the 1980s to the Endarkenment of 2043 . . . Some of these narrators are moving and sympathetic; others radiate the metastasizing creepiness of a Patricia Highsmith villain. Their stories evolve in subtly distinctive tones and forms * Washington Post * With The Bone Clocks, Mitchell rises to meet and match the legacy of Cloud Atlas . . . interconnected lives stretch across time; human contact is both frightening and vital. This novel electrifyingly unites Mitchell's fictions into one universe while telling the story of Holly Sykes, an ordinary young woman whose chance encounters give her life meaning. * LA Times * Dazzling . . . Mitchell's heavy arsenal of talents is showcased in these pages: his symphonic imagination; his ventriloquist's ability to channel the voices of myriad characters from different time zones and cultures; his intuitive understanding of children and knack for capturing their solemnity and humor; and his ear for language - its rhythms, sounds and inflections. -- Michiko Kakutani * New York Times * If David Mitchell isn't the most talented novelist of his generation, is there any doubt that he is the most multi-talented? He is, at his best, a superior writer to Jonathan Franzen, a better storyteller than Michael Chabon, more wickedly clever than Jennifer Egan, nearly as fluent as Junot Diaz in multiple dialects, and as gifted as Alice Munro . . . [The Bone Clocks] offers everything you could possibly want from a conjurer at the height of his powers - a ludicrously ambitious, unstoppably clever epic told through a chorus of diverse narrators that is both outrageous in scope and meticulous in execution . . . The Bone Clocks affords its readers the singular gift of reading - the wish to stay put and to be nowhere else but here. * The Atlantic * Our most accomplished inventor of multitudinous worlds, which are filled with complex, vital people . . . The Bone Clocks features a gyre-works inventiveness that's well matched by (bizarrely) cerebral substance . . . his most sinewy, fine and full book to date, a Mobius strip-tripping great novel that will reward bleary-eyed rereading -- Randy Boyagoda * Financial Times * No one, clearly, has ever told Mitchell that the novel is dead. He writes with a furious intensity and slapped-awake vitality, with a delight in language and all the rabbit holes of experience . . . Very few [writers] excite the reader about both the visceral world and the visionary one as Mitchell does * New York Times Book Review * Mitchell is a consummate craftsman . . . For sci-fi fantasists, the imaginary world Mitchell creates might be a thing of wonder, a Dungeons and Dragons for literate grown-ups. For others, I suspect the flesh and blood anguish of a long life lived well against the odds will prove the greater pleasure. * Independent * It's massively bold and ambitious, but also thoroughly readable, funny and moving. * Heat * At once a gripping thriller and a far-out fantasy, a brilliant mash-up that pulsates with energy, satire and wit. * Tatler * Mitchell's mesmerizing saga is evidence of the power of story to transport us, and even to stop time entirely. * Vanity Fair * I was completely blown away . . . Mitchell's first-class imagination delivers a complex and exciting premise that transcends into an incredibly explosive, surprising, intelligent, dark and magical story. * Stylist * Intellectually rigorous and stunningly imaginative . . . a rich and dense, inventive and witty thriller which, if you enjoyed Cloud Atlas and Mitchell's other works will leave you completely spellbound * Daily Express * With 600 pages of metafictional shenanigans in relentlessly brilliant prose, The Bone Clocks hits lots of hot buttons, from the horrors of the Iraq war to the Eternal Battle of Good and Evil to the near-future downfall of our civilisation . . . Death is at the heart of this novel. And there lies its depth and darkness, bravely concealed with all the wit and sleight of hand and ventriloquistic verbiage and tale-telling bravura of which Mitchell is a master . . . It's a whopper of a story. -- Ursula K Le Guin * Guardian * When a writer creates a world in which centuries-dead reincarnated souls are at war - and makes it entirely believable - you know you're in the hands of a master . . . Every page fizzes with energy and humour. Wildly imaginative and truly magical, this is a big, chunky feast of a book * Sunday Mirror * If I could file a review that consisted only of the word wow 900 times over, it still wouldn't quite capture my delirious response to David Mitchell's stunning, funny, sad, prophetic, fantastical, satirical, achingly real and gloriously fictitious new novel. * Scotsman * Mitchell has a vigorous, shape-shifting imagination, and his pen tracks his thoughts with extraordinary agility. Moving from place to place, time to time, he can summon up a setting in a line . . . for its experimentation, humour, hybrid energy, and sheer narrative pleasure, The Bone Clocks compels admiration. * Evening Standard * If only real life were as elegant and generally encouraging as a Mitchell novel! He writes with scintillating verve and abundance. The joyful, consoling world of Mitchell is the world of childhood, where the parameters between reality and fantasy are fluid; the overall effect is like literary regression therapy for adults who have been whipped and abused by real life. * Daily Telegraph * As his oeuvre develops, he seems to be getting cleverer, braver and delightfully madder . . . In the wrong hands, magical storytelling like this would make you cringe. But in Mitchell's it thrills. He is funny, hip and full of life. Which other writer could match his witty elision of fiction and science, of sense and nonsense? This beautiful explosion of adventurous ideas may well take him, finally, beyond the Booker shortlist. * The Times * The overwhelming impression is of an author at the height of his powers precisely because of a deep and intuitive understanding and curiosity of what it is about to live a life as a human being. * Oxford Student * Something truly fantastical: an epic in many voices featuring supernatural beings, rips in reality and a global battle between good and evil. Yet Mitchell's superlative prose makes this much more than a tall tale: the novel also takes in family love and loss, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and a horribly plausible near-future in which the end of oil is catapulting the world towards barbarism . . . It's a globe-trotting, mind-bending, hair-raising triumph, already sitting pretty on the Booker longlist. * Guardian * Our most accomplished inventor of multitudinous worlds, which are filled with complex, vital people . . . The Bone Clocks features a gyre-works inventiveness that's well matched by (bizarrely) cerebral substance . . . his most sinewy, fine and full book to date, a Mobius strip-tripping great novel that will reward bleary-eyed rereading -- Randy Boyagoda * Financial Times * It's massively bold and ambitious, but also thoroughly readable, funny and moving. * Heat * If I could file a review that consisted only of the word wow 900 times over, it still wouldn't quite capture my delirious response to David Mitchell's stunning, funny, sad, prophetic, fantastical, satirical, achingly real and gloriously fictitious new novel. * Scotsman * At once a gripping thriller and a far-out fantasy, a brilliant mash-up that pulsates with energy, satire and wit. * Tatler * I was completely blown away . . . Mitchell's first-class imagination delivers a complex and exciting premise that transcends into an incredibly explosive, surprising, intelligent, dark and magical story. * Stylist * With 600 pages of metafictional shenanigans in relentlessly brilliant prose, The Bone Clocks hits lots of hot buttons, from the horrors of the Iraq war to the Eternal Battle of Good and Evil to the near-future downfall of our civilisation . . . Death is at the heart of this novel. And there lies its depth and darkness, bravely concealed with all the wit and sleight of hand and ventriloquistic verbiage and tale-telling bravura of which Mitchell is a master . . . It's a whopper of a story. -- Ursula K Le Guin * Guardian * If David Mitchell isn't the most talented novelist of his generation, is there any doubt that he is the most multi-talented? He is, at his best, a superior writer to Jonathan Franzen, a better storyteller than Michael Chabon, more wickedly clever than Jennifer Egan, nearly as fluent as Junot Diaz in multiple dialects, and as gifted as Alice Munro . . . [The Bone Clocks] offers everything you could possibly want from a conjurer at the height of his powers - a ludicrously ambitious, unstoppably clever epic told through a chorus of diverse narrators that is both outrageous in scope and meticulous in execution . . . The Bone Clocks affords its readers the singular gift of reading - the wish to stay put and to be nowhere else but here. * The Atlantic * Another exacting, challenging and deeply rewarding novel from logophile and time-travel master Mitchell . . . If Thatcher's 1984 is bleak, then get a load of what awaits us in 2030. Speculative, lyrical and unrelentingly dark - trademark Mitchell, in other words. * Kirkus Reviews * Is The Bone Clocks the most ambitious novel ever written, or just the most Mitchell-esque? . . . From gritty realism to far-out fantasy, each section has its own charm and surprises. With its wayward thoughts, chance meetings, and attention to detail, Mitchell's novel is a thing of beauty. * Publishers Weekly * Mitchell's new novel almost manages to make the rest of his work look hidebound and provincial . . . Mitchell is writing about a mortal among immortals, and he never abandons the human half of the story: the fell swoop of first love, the labyrinth of silence where unhappy couples live, the clear cut inside a parent when a child goes missing, the chasm between frontline and home front in a nation at war . . . I was undone by the ending * New York Magazine * One of the most entertaining and thrilling novels I've read in a long time. Much of the entertainment comes from Mitchell's mastery over what feels like the entire world and all its inhabitants. Time keeps pulsing ahead in The Bone Clocks, and Mitchell pushes his cast of characters into the future, ending the book in a terrifying world. But for all the dystopia, and the mysticism, and the wild and clanging noise, and the flights of invention that have taken place in this extraordinary fun house of a novel, Mitchell's novel-writing rules allow him to retain his great sensitivity toward his main character from start to finish. * NPR * With The Bone Clocks, Mitchell rises to meet and match the legacy of Cloud Atlas . . . interconnected lives stretch across time; human contact is both frightening and vital. This novel electrifyingly unites Mitchell's fictions into one universe while telling the story of Holly Sykes, an ordinary young woman whose chance encounters give her life meaning. * LA Times * Mitchell is a consummate craftsman . . . For sci-fi fantasists, the imaginary world Mitchell creates might be a thing of wonder, a Dungeons and Dragons for literate grown-ups. For others, I suspect the flesh and blood anguish of a long life lived well against the odds will prove the greater pleasure. * Independent * [The Bone Clocks] has finally descended incarnate from the mind of this divinely inventive author . . . This new novel offers up a rich selection of domestic realism, gothic fantasy and apocalyptic speculation, stretching around the world from the Margaret Thatcher era of the 1980s to the Endarkenment of 2043 . . . Some of these narrators are moving and sympathetic; others radiate the metastasizing creepiness of a Patricia Highsmith villain. Their stories evolve in subtly distinctive tones and forms * Washington Post * Mitchell's mesmerizing saga is evidence of the power of story to transport us, and even to stop time entirely. * Vanity Fair * No one, clearly, has ever told Mitchell that the novel is dead. He writes with a furious intensity and slapped-awake vitality, with a delight in language and all the rabbit holes of experience * New York Times Book Review * For its experimentation, humour, hybrid energy, and sheer narrative pleasure, The Bone Clocks compels admiration. * Evening Standard * Dazzling . . . Mitchell's heavy arsenal of talents is showcased in these pages: his symphonic imagination; his ventriloquist's ability to channel the voices of myriad characters from different time zones and cultures; his intuitive understanding of children and knack for capturing their solemnity and humor; and his ear for language - its rhythms, sounds and inflections. -- Michiko Kakutani * New York Times * Dazzling. * New York Times * Intellectually rigorous and stunningly imaginative . . . a rich and dense, inventive and witty thriller which, if you enjoyed Cloud Atlas and Mitchell's other works will leave you completely spellbound * Daily Express * Every page fizzes with energy and humour. Wildly imaginative and truly magical, this is a big, chunky feast of a book. * Sunday Mirror * If only real life were as elegant and generally encouraging as a Mitchell novel! He writes with scintillating verve and abundance. * Daily Telegraph * He is funny, hip and full of life. Which other writer could match his witty elision of fiction and science, of sense and nonsense? This beautiful explosion of adventurous ideas may well take him, finally, beyond the Booker shortlist. * The Times * A globe-trotting, mind-bending, hair-raising triumph. * Guardian *

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  • A intricately woven novel that keeps you reading
    • Fantasierijk
    • Goede verhaallijn
    • Grappig
    • super goed bedacht
    • soms wat langzaam
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    Fifteen-year-old Holly has a boyfriend, and her parents don’t like it. After a massive row, Holly decides to move in with him, only to discover that he has been cheating on her with her best friend. Devastated yet unwilling to go home, Holly decides to run away. A promise she makes to an old lady during those days will have massive consequences for her for the rest of her life.
    I’d like to point out that this book consists of six parts that take place during different times: we start in 1984 (I believe) and end in 2043. Though we follow Holly’s life, we do not always do so through her eyes (which is something that the synopsis leaves out yet I think is quite important to know when you start reading)! Sometimes, Holly is a background character in some of these stories, in others she features more prominently. It’s all very much like David Mitchell, who has a thing for writing stories with different parts that all connect in some way (‘Cloud Atlas’, his most well-known story, is famous for exactly this reason). In this case, Holly is the red thread connecting everything. What Mitchell does extremely well is writing in different styles. I already noticed that in ‘Cloud Atlas’, but it becomes apparent here as well; Mitchell really knows how to make a character’s voice unique.The paranormal plays a big role in this novel, yet what’s going on is explained in the final third novel. This makes ‘the bone clocks’ a bit slow at times, because we don’t have a lot of info and it isn’t always clear what all these characters have to do with Holly. My favourite part was the first one (Holly is a troubled teenager, true, but I thought she was sympathetic as well), as well as the fifth one, in which all of these weird magical things are explained. It would be great if Mitchell wrote a book relating some of the backstories of the people who are part of Horology, I would eat that baby up.
    Mitchell’s latest novel is heavily connected with this novel, so I’m very interested in reading it to see how it ties in exactly

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  • Intentieve en intrigerende roman
    • Spannend
    • intrigerend
    • origineel
    • vermakelijk
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    Tijdmeters (The Bone Clocks) van David Mitchell is een geweldig inventieve roman. Het boek begint met de jonge Holly Sykes die van huis wegloopt omdat haar vriendje niet goedgekeurd wordt door haar ouders, en vanaf dat simpele startpunt wordt het boek steeds vreemder en intrigerender.

    Hoewel het grotendeels erg serieus is en bij vlagen maatschappijkritisch (een heel deel wordt aan de Irak-oorlog gewijd en wat het effect van leven in een constante adrenaline 'high' kan zijn) is het ook een erg vermakelijke roman. De auteur weet serieuze onderwerpen goed af te wisselen met een lichtere toon (de hoofdstukken over de Britse auteur die wraak neemt op een recensent zijn mijn favoriet). Door per deel een nieuw perspectief te kiezen krijgt de lezer veel unieke karakters die steeds weer een andere blik op de situatie werpen.

    De spanning die het hele boek door voelbaar is - waar komt die oorlog tussen de twee niet altijd zichtbare grootmachten uit voort en hoe spelen alle passerende karakters daar een rol in - zorgt voor voldoende tempo en maakt dat je blijft willen doorlezen. Een aanrader voor zowel fans van Mitchells romans als mensen die nog niet eerder iets van hem lazen!

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  • Weer een hele bijzondere, maar typische David Mitchell
    • Fantasierijk
    • Meeslepend verhaal
    • Spannend

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    Het is haast onmogelijk om aan een roman van Mitchell te beginnen zonder verwachtingen. Niet alleen stond het internet al vol van lovende recensies, maar ook leggen zijn vorige boeken zo´n hoge lat met hun unieke invalshoeken, dat de verwachting per boek hoger wordt. En toch: The Bone Clocks stelt niet teleur.

    Dit boek bestaat uit verschillende verhalen die elkaar aanvullen; bij elk deel ga je weer iets verder in de tijd, steeds weer een ander perspectief. En dat maakt het voor de lezer uitdagend, maar niet te ingewikkeld, omdat je genoeg informatie al hebt om het uit te vogelen. Steeds weer valt het lijntje naar het eerste, belangrijkste, verhaal over Holly Sykes makkelijk te leggen en wordt dat verhaal alsmaar dieper, kom je steeds meer te weten. Niks in The Bone Clocks is voorspelbaar en als lezer moet je je maar laten meevoeren. De verwijzingen naar andere Mitchell-boeken maakt het des te leuker voor de echte fans, maar zijn niet storend als je nog niks kent.

    Waarom 4 sterren in plaats van 5? Tot tweederde van het boek is het echt een fantatische leeservaring, daarna zakt het wat in. Maar voor de fans van Cloud Atlas is dit zeker een aanrader.

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  • Toppunt van storytelling
    • Spannend
    • ontroerend
    • Meeslepend

    Het beste boek van David Mitchell tot nu toe. Een prachtig, grijpend verhaal dat nog lang bij je blijft nadat je het boek uit hebt.

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  • Lees alles van deze man!
    • Fantasierijk
    • Ingewikkeld verhaal

    Nog niet uit, maar weet uit ervaring dat deze schrijver top schrijft. Kan bijna niet missen dus..

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  • fantastisch boek
    • Spannend
    • Grappig
    • Fantasierijk
    • Meeslepend verhaal
    • Goede verhaallijn
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    David Mitchell is een held! wat een intens leesgenot, altijd weer, ik baal dat het uit is

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