The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet
From the author of Cloud Atlas, now a major motion picture starring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon, and Hugh Grant, and directed by Lana and Andy Wachowski and Tom Tykwer The year is 1799, the place Dejima in Nagasaki Harbor, the Japanese Empire's single port and sole window onto the... show more
From the author of Cloud Atlas, now a major motion picture starring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon, and Hugh Grant, and directed by Lana and Andy Wachowski and Tom Tykwer The year is 1799, the place Dejima in Nagasaki Harbor, the Japanese Empire's single port and sole window onto the world, designed to keep the West at bay. To this place of devious merchants, deceitful interpreters, and costly courtesans comes Jacob de Zoet, a devout young clerk who has five years in the East to earn a fortune of sufficient size to win the hand of his wealthy fiancée back in Holland. But Jacob's original intentions are eclipsed after a chance encounter with Orito Aibagawa, the disfigured midwife to the city's powerful magistrate. The borders between propriety, profit, and pleasure blur until Jacob finds his vision clouded, one rash promise made and then fatefully broken-the consequences of which will extend beyond Jacob's worst imaginings.
Publish date: 2011-03-17
Pages no: 576
Edition language: English
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, Historical Fiction
, Literary Fiction
This is a difficult book for me to review. I enjoyed many parts of it, but it never quite came together for me. The historical setting and the interesting characters should make this a no-brainer 5 star read for me, but I felt that the story bounced between the perspectives of too many characters ...
The day I discovered that David Mitchell the author was not David Mitchell the comedian I was so miserable I took an immediate dislike towards the fellow (the author that is) and refused to read anything by him for years. I was, no need to be polite about it, the very example of a perfect imbecile. ...
For me, the appeal of David Mitchell is his ability to write in any voice and nail it. It's a skill, but I'm sure it also requires significant research. In most of his novels, the reader is entertained by several of these voices from beginning to end. In a couple, Mitchell employs more traditional m...
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet - It was my first encounter with David Mitchell although I have seen and loved the movie "Cloud Atlas" (I definitely have to read this novel). I can`t compare if Thousand Autumns is better or worse than Cloud Atlas, but I enjoyed it a lot. Writing style is quite...
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