Title: The Bone Clocks (2014)
Author: David Mitchell
Review: This has been sitting on my TBR shelf for quite some time. I had it in my head that it was a generic time-travel novel, but I was pleasantly surprised to find David Mitchell’s signature interwoven narratives, beautiful prose, and a time-travel undercurrent that slowly unraveled as the book came to a head.
David Mitchell’s use of language to immerse the reader in a setting is unlike any other author I’ve read. He deftly moves between genres, narrators, and time periods, while always presenting something that feels simultaneously literary and engrossing. The sextet story structure would translate extremely well to a 6-episode limited television series on Netflix or HBO.
The plot moves forward at such a slow pace, but then the conclusion in the penultimate chapter ends up feeling rushed and gratuitous. Fortunately, Mitchell brings the novel to an end in a quiet, satisfying way that is both hopeful and bittersweet.
★★★★½ out of 5
Other David Mitchell ratings:
Cloud Atlas (2004) – 5 stars
The Bone Clocks (2014) – 4.5 stars
Black Swan Green (2006) – 4 stars
Ghostwritten (1999) – 3 stars
Slade House (2015) – 2 stars