To start with some positives; I liked the structure of the book, with the nested stories and varying styles. David Mitchell must have had a lot of fun putting all that together. Of the stories themselves, I particularly enjoyed the two set in the future. And I liked that the novel got me scuttling back to my philosophy books (plus a good internet browse) to mug up on Nietzschien philosophy.
But I soon wearied of reading this long and complex novel, grounded in a world view that has no place for God and the main themes being man’s propensity to enslave and dominate his fellow man.