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The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
 
 
Author
David Mitchell.
Publisher Random House  
Format as is, hardcover
ISBN 9781400065455
Pages/Publication Date 496/2010
Daedalus Item Code 31127
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(New York Times Notable Book of 2010) Twice a finalist for the Man Booker Prize for such brilliant and unconventional novels as Cloud Atlas and Number9Dream, David Mitchell here offers a historical novel set in feudal Japan at the turn of the 19th century. Jacob de Zoet, a naive young Dutchman posted to a tiny island in the harbor of Nagasaki, falls in love with a gifted, disfigured Japanese midwife—a forbidden liaison in the rigidly defined yet corrupt trade zone.

"Mitchell incorporates diverse styles, and he expertly adapts tone and dialogue to reflect his situations. In the main plotline, incisive commentary on decisions and unforeseen consequences filters through a jaunty, slang-filled tale in which Japanese and Dutchmen arrange public and private deals. Interlinked subplots offer creepy gothic drama, seafaring adventure, and race-against-time suspense. Despite the audacious scope, the focus remains intimate; each fascinating character—interpreter, herbalist, magistrate, slave—has the opportunity to share his or her story. Everything is patched together seamlessly and interwoven with clever wordplay and enlightening historical details on feudal Japan. First-rate literary fiction and a rousing good yarn, too."—Booklist (starred review)

 
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