My gathering from the trailer and a few discussions I've read are that its a story about soul mates (possibly reincarnation). Those people you meet and you just KNOW you've known them before in a previous life. That life is cyclical and nothing (not even time) can keep some souls apart. The Wachowski's have always had a different way of telling their stories, and its usually a deep, multi-layered story at that. I'm looking forward to it!
Originally Posted by Syndl
From my recollection of the book it's not about soul mates so much as a single soul viewed in different reincarnations and eras. There are hints of romance in each narrative but only one character per tale is identifiably related to any of the others. It's a layered book and . . well, screw it, I'll just rip from wiki for this one because I suspect I'll fumble through it otherwise and I'd prefer not to trip over spoilers or start insertin my own narrative analysis into things.
Originally Posted by Wikipedia
The novel consists of six nested stories that take the reader from the remote South Pacific in the nineteenth century to a distant, post-apocalyptic future. Each tale is revealed to be a story that is read (or observed) by the main character in the next. All stories but the last are interrupted at some moment, and after the sixth story concludes at the center of the book, the novel "goes back" in time, "closing" each story as the book progresses in terms of pages but regresses in terms of the historical period in which the action takes place. Eventually, readers end where they started, with Adam Ewing in the Pacific Ocean, circa 1850.
Structurally it's a very interesting book, and a few of the individual nested stories I found quite compelling, I'm just not sure the whole was worth the sum of it's parts. That said I read it. . . cripes, once
on loan from a friend in Boston which makes it . . . six years, maybe more since I read it? And the parts of it I liked I still remember vividly. So there's something there.
I can see it working as a movie but I'm cautiously dubious in this case. I think the book is a story that can be about love but isn't a love story, if the distinction makes any sense, and the trailer I'm seeing is squarely a
love story. The shift in focus might detract from it. But then again, it's a trailer so who knows what relation it has to the actual film? I look forward to seeing what they do with Somni-451's narrative because of the nested stories hers what probably the most compelling - It had this mix of personal/political/worldbuilding agendas going on that made it memorable, even years later.