History Literature / CloudAtlas

24th Sep '17 5:48:47 PM TheMightyHeptagon
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* AluminumChristmasTrees: Did it strike you as unrealistic that the people of Nea So Copros refer to shoes as "nikes", to electronic devices as "sonys", and to movies as "disneys"? Well, have ''you'' ever instinctively referred to a stick of lip balm as "chapstick", to a tissue as a "kleenex", or to an adhesive bandage as a "bandaid"? All three of those common words are actually brand names ("[=ChapStick=]", "Kleenex", and "Band-Aid") that have become widely accepted terms for everyday items. As bizarre as it might sound, there ''is'' precedent for brand names becoming recognized words in vernacular languages, and the novel accurately shows that phenomenon in action.
20th Sep '17 6:45:47 PM NOYB
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* StabTheSalad: [[spoiler: Zachary looks like he's about to stab Meronym but instead stabs a weird hologram thing next to her.]]

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* StabTheSalad: [[spoiler: Zachary Zachry looks like he's about to stab Meronym but instead stabs a weird hologram thing next to her.]]
21st Aug '17 8:30:26 AM urutapu
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** Ewing is very progressive for his time period, but still a product of his age. He's initially frightened that a Moriori stowaway will eat him, right after being exhaustively told how their extreme pacifism has nearly resulted in the tribe's extinction.

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** Ewing is very progressive for his time period, but still a product of his age. He's initially frightened that a Moriori stowaway will eat him, right after being exhaustively told at length about how their extreme own pacifism has nearly resulted in driven the tribe's extinction.tribe extinct.
30th Jul '17 2:13:58 AM Piterpicher
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** Frobisher compares Adam Ewing's diary to HermanMelville.

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** Frobisher compares Adam Ewing's diary to HermanMelville.Creator/HermanMelville.
5th Jul '17 12:31:53 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* EternalEnglish: Averted. Ewing's and Frobisher's writing perfectly evokes the English of their eras. In 2144, many spellings are truncated (particularly, "gh" seems to have been dropped entirely, resulting in "lite" and "thoro", etc.; additionally, "exactly" has become "xactly", etc.) and brand names have substituted several everyday terms ("disney" versus "film"). Both spelling and grammar have changed a good deal [[AfterTheEnd after the Fall]], although Meronym speaks it in a more twentieth century form in her communication with her ship's captain.


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* NuSpelling: In 2144, many spellings are truncated (particularly, "gh" seems to have been dropped entirely, resulting in "lite" and "thoro", etc.; additionally, "exactly" has become "xactly", etc.) and brand names have substituted several everyday terms ("disney" versus "film"). Both spelling and grammar have changed a good deal [[AfterTheEnd after the Fall]], although Meronym speaks it in a more twentieth century form in her communication with her ship's captain.
20th Mar '17 7:49:44 PM MercutioDreams
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** "An atlas o(f) clouds."
5th Feb '17 2:03:26 PM shokoshu
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*** [[BilingualBonus In Greek]], "néa sou kopros" would be "your new shit".
3rd Jan '17 8:06:32 AM mlefevers
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* BittersweetEnding: They each story ends ranges from tragic to uplifting, so in the end, the story as a whole is bittersweet. The last (chronological) story ends with only a few human survivors and the likely extinction of humanity, whereas the last (actual) few pages of the book end with a stirring monologue from Adam Ewing, declaring the need to fight for good and equality despite constant setbacks.

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* BittersweetEnding: They The ending of each individual story ends ranges from tragic to uplifting, so in the end, the story book as a whole is bittersweet. The last (chronological) story ends with only a few human survivors and the likely extinction of humanity, whereas the last (actual) few pages of the book end with a stirring monologue from Adam Ewing, declaring the need to fight for good and equality despite hopelessness and constant setbacks.
3rd Jan '17 8:05:31 AM mlefevers
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* BittersweetEnding: They each story ends ranges from tragic to uplifting, so in the end, the story as a whole is bittersweet. The very last chronological story involves [[spoiler: civilization fleeing Earth and moving off-world toward an unknown but hopeful future]].

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* BittersweetEnding: They each story ends ranges from tragic to uplifting, so in the end, the story as a whole is bittersweet. The very last chronological (chronological) story involves [[spoiler: civilization fleeing Earth ends with only a few human survivors and moving off-world toward an unknown but hopeful future]].the likely extinction of humanity, whereas the last (actual) few pages of the book end with a stirring monologue from Adam Ewing, declaring the need to fight for good and equality despite constant setbacks.
28th Oct '16 3:19:48 PM dlchen145
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* {{Badass}}: Hae-Joo Im in the 2100s, bordering on OneManArmy levels. And Zachry when he has to fight Kona cannibals.
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