The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet

A Novel

Mitchell, David

Book - 2010
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet
1799, Dejima in Nagasaki Harbor. Jacob de Zoet, a devout and resourceful young clerk, has a chance encounter with Orito Aibagawa, the disfigured daughter of a samurai doctor and 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.

Publisher: New York : Random House, c2010
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780812976366
Branch Call Number: FICTION MITCHELL 2010
Characteristics: 479 p. :,ill. ;,25 cm


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From the 17th to the 19th centuries, Japan was closed to foreigners on penalty of death. Its sole point of international trade was an artificial island, Dejima, built in Nagasaki’s harbor. Here begin the adventures of Jacob de Zoet, a young Dutch accountant who finds himself in an unlikely - and ... Read More »

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Nov 24, 2014
  • Persnickety77 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

wow. this book is pretty marvelous. i picked it up because i loved Mitchell's Cloud Atlas so much, but i was skeptical because i have no interest in the Dutch East Indies Trading Company or samurai-era Japan or the beginning of the 19th century. but it is a very absorbing book. well written, informative, interesting, and bittersweet. pretty much everything you'd want in a book!

Oct 13, 2014
  • Sluffer rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A wonderful of the best works of fiction that I have ever read.

Jul 09, 2014
  • aramonak rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A great read, but after some consideration, I was disappointed. It went through the tabloid top-ten complaints about Japan and the Japanese and fictionalized them without enough effort put into providing perspective. This is a whale of a tale!

Jun 13, 2014
  • theorbys rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Entertaining enough and well written and well crafted, but hardly great writing. Interesting mainly for its period setting.

Jan 03, 2014
  • stewstealth rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A very good book from a very good author. Good characterizations, settings, prose and plots. Definitely worth reading.

Dec 18, 2013
  • rooibos rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Could not get into this book. Disappointing.

May 30, 2013
  • martinja rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This was the first book of David Mitchell I read and thoroughly enjoyed it. His flexibility with different prose styles and multillevels of story serve to engross the reader for the whole book. He is a masterful writer and has jumped to my favourite author. I like this book better than Cloud Atlas.

Apr 06, 2013
  • mo21 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a beautiful book full of details of everyday life in late 18th and early 19th Japan.The author has a gift for creating tension by his use of dialogue interspersed with the characters thoughts. There are themes of deceit, betrayal, loss, love etc.
The style is wonderfully descriptive and at times poetic.

Jan 12, 2013
  • Heidikmac rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Especially for anyone who has read and enjoyed Mitchell's other work, THE THOUSAND AUTUMNS will be a joy. Intricately researched and beautifully painted, this novel will rope you into a part of our world that most people don't even realize existed. A great introduction to the Dutch East India Company's time in Japan and an even better introduction to the fluid prose of David Mitchell.

Oct 11, 2012

A look at what happens when cultures collide. An account of a Dutch man's time in Japan, and the consequences of his friendship with a remarkable female Japanese mid-wife. Both moving and thought-provoking.

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Aug 05, 2012
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Aug 05, 2012
  • spacecat rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Detailed descriptions of crude surgeries, midwifery, childbirth, poisonings, ritual suicide and infanticide.


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