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From word nerd to language animal

By posted at 1:00 pm on March 23, 2012 1

David Mitchell, when questioned about his language and genre experiments, particularly  in Cloud Atlas and The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, responds: “It’s a bit like asking a duck billed platypus if it should be considered a mammal or a bird.” The Millions also profiled Mitchell, though we never settled either way on the bird/mammal issue.





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One Response to “From word nerd to language animal”

  1. Kim Cascone
    at 1:17 pm on March 23, 2012

    I’d say his books are like birds because they allow the reader an aerial view of the landscape as you fly past hills and towns, ships and villages and peek into the windows of people’s inner lives.
    I love his work!
    kc

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