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The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

A Novel

By David Mitchell

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
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  • Hardcover: Jun 2010,
    496 pages.
    Paperback: Mar 2011,
    512 pages.

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An epic story set on Dejima, a man-made island in Japan's Nagasaki harbor

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet is so unbelievably good that as soon as I started reading it, I grew anxious about how to convey its brilliance without resorting to overused words like, well, "brilliance." I'll do my best to produce a discerning review, but all I really want to say is: for the love of story, read this book!

This is one of those books whose subject matter is irrelevant, because it is so engrossing and self-sufficient that it submerses you in itself, no context or justification needed. Mitchell has resurrected a finely observed world of perfect details matched with bold, sweeping action. It is that rare thing, a deeply serious adventure novel. Mitchell earned my fealty right away, and I gave myself over to the intricate tale of Dutch-Japanese trade relations at the turn of the nineteenth century for the sheer pleasure of his over-the-top ...

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A Q&A with David Mitchell about The Thousand Autumns at Powells.

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