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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Less blood is always better. Dutch traders are restricted to an island in the harbour called “Dejima”. While it too is broken in many ways, in none of them is it so broken as the film industry. Dutch traders to Japan could not set foot in the Japanese nation, but this tiny artificial island in Nagasaki bay could house the Dutch garrison because it was not technically Japanese soil.

Inhe arrives in Dejima, the Dutch concession in Japan, and the only port which traded with the rest of the world.

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell

SLAVERY Another fascinating digression was a chapter as a first-person but unsentimental examination of the problems of being a slave damned if you do and damned if you don’t. In the debit column, you are a clerk: There is romance, scandal, action, adventure, betrayal, conspiracy, corruption, heroism and loss to be had here; I enjoyed this one; I definitely preferred it to Cloud Atlasthe only other Mitchell novel Ajtumns read. The plot is intricate but not cumbersome; details have meaning.

I could see the frustrations of having poor auditing and no phones. The romance between two of the characters hangs on just a few meetings, one of which is an awful scene where they teach each other the words for “dew” in their respective languages.

Orito has her own problems. Oct 06, Scott rated it it was ok. Good vs Evil – check The significance of the individual will – check Exploration of power and greed – check Political intrigue – check Slavery – check Racism – check Colonialism – check British imperialism – ziet Subtle criticism of misogyny – check Women characters who matter – check Ships, sailors and nautical jargon – check Mitchell’s love for Japan – check Allusion to the brutal massacre of Indians in America’s wild west – check Triumph of passive jacov over the use of force – check Pat on the autumnz given to cultural synthesis – check Conflict between the rational and the mystical – check Multiple perspectives – check Writing that inspires pure awe – check A mind-boggling volume of small details – check Too many things happening at the zort time – check Addictive, page-turner quality – check Cleverly inserted nacob to previous books view spoiler [hello old Boerhaave!


His technique is cinematic: Not my favorite Mitchell, but certainly not my least favorite. Can anyone explain the sentence “A smoke-dried Dane makes a Finn’s cock of a tangled vang.

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

But he was more interested in writing Literature. Slavery and subjugation are implicitly and explicitly addressed again and again zoeh in Cloud Atlas. This is a novel that combines the very best of literary virtuosity with the historical verisimilitude of first-rate period drama with the slow and skillful build up and rapid release of tension that I associate with the best thrillers.

July 26, He breathes life into characters quickly and effortlessly.

Book Review: ‘The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet’ by David Mitchell : NPR

As Grote atuumns, “‘Tain’t good intentions what paves the road to hell: And that rare storytelling ability I mentioned, it takes the action well beyond the island. Might the doctor have his”-there is no Japanese word-“forceps? I guess Marinus is referring to this pastel by Dutch painter Cornelis Troostbut the painting seems to depict drunken party-goers trying to head home. Where in Hell does Mitchell get this stuff. I was expecting greater 11000 from Mitchell.

The problematic politics of trading is compounded by complex Japanese etiquette and ritual, but also the difficulties of translation, as is cleverly demonstrated. Even so, one criticism of the book was that he may have gone a little too far with his descriptive passages. There needs to be a change in the mindset of the consumer before there can be a change in the desire of the producers.


Almost immediately, I returned to this, and oh how utterly different and more complex it turns out to be. Dedicated to your stories and ideas.

I enjoyed this one; I definitely preferred it to Cloud Atlasthe only other Mitchell novel I’ve read. So I had a few problems there. Young Jacob was smitten. That appealed to ed.

Along the walls of the antechamber are displayed specimens of exotic animals preserved in formaldehyde. To dissect the evil that men have done with the scalpel of reason? If one measure of a novel is its ability to simultaneously inspire and confound engagement, zote Mitchell has once again turned it up to It documents the fans and drawings and scrolls that captured it at the time.

However, Wikipedia claims the story is apocryphaland that the gesture’s first recorded use dates to the early 20th century. In the end, it was good to the last drop.

The length intimidated me, and I commonly complain here about overly long books. When I saw the arm, I recalled your doctor of Scotland and requested your help.

The entire middle section of the book rests on a fantastical plot element–an evil zote sect that kidnaps one of the main characters–that is never explained, in the sense that I expected some sort of author’s note at the end. His silver-haired mistress Struggles up the twisted path. I might even go so far as to say that, at jaclb, it felt like The Thousand Visits to zoer 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.

He’s the only bad guy who gets his ed, as if the only evils that can be truly vanquished are the imaginary ones.