Cloud Atlas 08 - Sloosha's Crossin' An' EV'Rythin' After
So this story, together with An Orison, really seemed good to me. I found the representation of orality interesting, and when I had some trouble figuring it out found it was corrected simply by slowing down and sounding out the sentences. I always associate this with Faulkner, which is strange because A Clockwork Orange was actually the first book I read that was written in this style, but there you go.
I thought our protagonist was well-drawn, and the story and the characterisations believable. I also felt that it continued the kind of world-building I sensed in An Orison. I was a bit disappointed as I continued the book and read the conclusions of the other stories, because I never really got that world-connection across them all. I think that this story improved my appreciation for the Pacific Journal, largely because I saw a reflection in the relations among the Whites, Moriori and Maori with this story. Is this a story of Autua from a different point of view?
At the same time it crystallised some of my doubts about Cloud Atlas as a whole. Perhaps I am just too impatient a reader, but I never really got that interested in riddling out these possible reflections and refractions. In stead I often felt that I was watching someone show off a technical mastery of complexity that was not perfectly suited, or maybe subordinated, to plot and character. Perhaps if I had been more fascinated by the puzzle of it I wouldn't have had this reaction.