The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet: A Novel [David Mitchell] on Amazon. com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. By the New York Times bestselling. The votes are in -and there’s a runaway winner: The Thousand Autumns Of Jacob De Zoet. David Mitchell’s most recent novel, published in. When, in , Ghostwritten detonated in a millennial fireburst of invention and ingenuity, its young author fast became a name to drop when.

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Fizzing with life, it appears at first to be a conventional historical novel, but then swoops into speculative fiction that is reminiscent of Margaret Atwood or Kazuo Ishiguro, with human babies being ‘farmed’ for nefarious reasons, then back to the historical world and a wonderfully exciting naval stand-off, where Our Hero is saved by his red hair. Mitchell’s new novel, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, splits the thematic and stylistic differences between his previous two books, combining Cloud Atlas’ fascination with history and the theme of the journey with Black Swan Green ‘s more straightforward d structure and understated empathy.

Get our newsletter every Friday! The Thousand Autumns of Jacon de Zoet is simply the story of the titular character’s time spent in Japan, set at the turn of the 19th Century. This book is very pleasantly written, taken line zoett line, and is an interesting window onto a time I find underexplored. The forest’s edges Dissolve and blur.

Of his contemporaries, perhaps only Michael Chabon and Salman Rushdie are as consistently good at creating cerebral, non-obvious adventure novels; you’d have to go back to Nabokov, Tolstoy, or Dickens to find a novelist quite so flawlessly inventive.

I gave it time for the ideas to bubble up to the surface. If you are without said organs, please substitute another part of your anatomy which you particularly dislike being kicked. View all 12 comments. Then for a while we have a section that’s told by a slave called Weh, which is in the first person for no apparent reason since the third-person sections are plenty omniscient when it comes to Jacob’s and Ogawa’s private thoughts.

Oh boy, does he love his suspension points Oct 24, Emily rated it liked it Shelves: In his earlier books, the disconnect of stories across time and space were fascinatingly and proddingly jarring. I might even go so far as to say that, at times, it felt like The Thousand Visits to the DMV, if the DMV were staffed by highly literate history professors who accompanied every eye-exam and form signing with an exhaustive digression into various arcane automemorabilia that may or may not be quite interesting, excepting the fact that it’s the DMV, a successful attendance of Despite my great love for Cloud Atlas also by MitchellThe Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet did not quite do it for me.


The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell

I had problems with that. View all 8 comments.

Such tomes have a haunted quality, infused with the whispered dreams and nightmares of fictitious characters.

Some readers may struggle with the number of Japanese names and characters, especially at the “nunnery,” but Mitchell at least is studious in his characterization and the special quirks he bestows to his creations. In nautical aufumns “cock,” or to “cock-up” something particularly a knotmeans to make a mess of it. Show 25 25 50 All. To establish the sheer timelessness of the bipolarity of human nature that makes the wheel of cause-and-effect turn and turn?

Bigger roles go, of course, to Jacob and the disfigured Japanese midwife he falls in love with, Orito Aibagawa. However, in this interview about the book, Mitchell points out 1: Almost immediat A shooting star lives and dies in an instant.

The plot is dense with historical detail and deep characterization, and provides a fascinating recreation of a period I knew nothing about.

That’s the way I am. Not every book needs to be a “good read” to be a, um, good read.

June’s Reading group: The Thousand Autumns Of Jacob De Zoet by David Mitchell

Uzaemon studies the true meaning of words. You may think you are creatin … what do they call it — literature but you still need to get bums on pages, to coin a phrase. View all 55 comments. For an excellent and thoroughly comprehensive review, may I suggest that you read Cecily’s review: Twelve were selected to begin the process. View all 19 comments.

However, he has to negotiate the complexities of Japanese etiquette and Dutch-Japanese relations, as well as plots, embezzlement and love, whilst retaining his principles and furthering his ambitions. Maybe I could have done without some passages – I didn’t really need to know the backstories of various labourers and sailors. Be ready to wedge it between your mistress’s teeth; otherwise she might bite off her tongue. The second section concerns a secretive and increasingly sinister mountain shrine, run by the powerful Abbot Enomoto, purportedly to bring fertility to the surrounding area.


Characters constantly bridge the gap between each other atumns between them and the reader by recounting their backstories in Scooby-Doo-esque wavy-screened flashbacks. The personal is indeed ultimately the political for who knows where the ripples from our decisions land ot.

It is a book to remember. The year-old British novelist has made a career of defying expectations, while still retaining commercial popularity and ecstatic critical praise.

But Thousand Autumns is not good Literature, either. I thought it excelled, as Mitchell always macob, at witty, realistic dialogue. In a good story, a Dutch clerk named Jacob de Zoet stationed in the Japanese port of Nagasaki would not have fallen in love with a woman for no reason whatsoever.

Thousand Autumns is not consistent – it is a cheesecake filled with too many rich, wonderful, exotic ingredients, and then improperly baked. Books Javob In This Story. And just look at the way the lines are laid out. Meanwhile he is making no friends among the other Jcob on Dejima, as he is the one who must comb through the records of several years of trading to identify incidences of corruption, of which, of course, there are many. The exchanges between Jacob and a young Japanese woman, Orito Aibagawa, entranced me.

Were the Finnish known for very long, untangled penii? I was happy to see Mitchell try his hand at historical fiction. A black dog waits On an outcrop.

Sarah, yours I thought was autumhs — Fingersmith, good title. When she disappears, the novel takes off to some of the more exotic locales mentioned early in this review.

Dejima is a bridge between Europe and Japan.