The Bone clocks by David Mitchell

The Bone Clocks

Author: David Mitchell

Published: 2nd September 2014

Publisher: Sceptre

Source: Library

Genre: Fiction, Fantasy

Date Read: 4th October 2015

Synopsis from Goodreads:

One drowsy summer’s day in 1984, teenage runaway Holly Sykes encounters a strange woman who offers a small kindness in exchange for ‘asylum’. Decades will pass before Holly understands exactly what sort of asylum the woman was seeking…

The Bone Clocks follows the twists and turns of Holly’s life from a scarred adolescence in Gravesend to old age on Ireland’s Atlantic coast as Europe’s oil supply dries up – a life not so far out of the ordinary, yet punctuated by flashes of precognition, visits from people who emerge from thin air and brief lapses in the laws of reality. For Holly Sykes – daughter, sister, mother, guardian – is also an unwitting player in a murderous feud played out in the shadows and margins of our world, and may prove to be its decisive weapon.

Metaphysical thriller, meditation on mortality and chronicle of our self-devouring times, this kaleidoscopic novel crackles with the invention and wit that have made David Mitchell one of the most celebrated writers of his generation. Here is fiction at its spellbinding and memorable best.

My thoughts:

I was overwhelmed by the volume of this book, which is never a good start! There are 595 pages,so it’s a chunky one! I am so glad that I didn’t buy this book and sourced from the library as it has a lot of mixed reviews on Goodreads – bit of a Marmite book! You either love it or you hate it!

The pace of this book was very slow, it actually put me into a bit of a reading slump and felt like it was taking me forever to make a dent.(Hence the lack of reviews)

Bone clocks is a chronological story of Holly Sykes which starts of in 1984 and then is told by four other perspectives in different time periods that involve Holly in some way or another and ends in 2043.

There were subjects/topics in the book that I just didn’t care for such as the war in Afghanistan and politics,I couldn’t see any relevance it had to the book.  The problem is that Mitchell tried to add so many different topics to cater for all audiences and for me it just didn’t work. If I wanted to read a book about war and Afghanistan I would have specifically picked a book in that genre.

There are fantastical elements throughout the book, however section 5 is heavy fantasy! I was like woah what the hell is going on.

Your are left wondering throughout the book what is actually happening and your just reading through these POV’s that are intertwining with Holly’s life and don’t really find out anything until chapter 5, and then its confusing as you don’t know who is in whose body(if that makes sense) and loads of background characters are added.

For me this book was too long, had some unnecessary characters (Hugo Lamb) and was just awfully slow and felt the explaining of the radio people was too late in the book and rushed.

I am not sure if I will read any other of David Mitchells novels as Cloud Atlas is supposed to be a lot similar.

Please let me know if you read this book and your thoughts.

I rated this book 2 out of 5 stars


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