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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All literature involves translation to some extent: Orito lubricates her right hand with rapeseed oil and addresses the maid: Windows are a leitmotif throughout, and Land of A Thousand Autumns is one of the names Japan was known by. However, no such thoughts ever arose, and so I had to conclude: Gulls wheel through spokes of sunlight Over gracious roofs and dowdy thatch, snatching Entrails at the marketplace and escaping Over cloistered gardens, spike topped walls and treble-bolted doors.

But let’s take it down another level. Cowboy duel; Francis Ford Coppola playing a game of Russian roulette with Martin Scorsese; Goddard skulking in the shadows throughout it all, waiting to stab the last remaining competitor in the neck with an ice pick.

May 13, Peter Boyle rated it liked it Shelves: As the 18th century comes to an end, Japan is aitumns a nation of samurai and daimyo, determined to remain closed to foreigners. But all that yapping. It was old hat. But once the luckless Orito’s fortunes take a augumns for the worst, the plot kicks into action. The cross-cultural suspicions and friendships were more interesting to me than the attempt at romance, especially all the details of the ways the Japanese and Dutch bent, oh so slightly, to accommodate each other’s culture.


But the secondary and peripheral characters are all deeply and zowt One of my favorite books – this was my third or fourth reading of Mitchell’s wonderful work that is historical fiction, but also entirely transcendent of the genre.

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell

I really enjoyed this book immensely, probably a 4. A shooting star is also mentioned as a throwaway line listed in Quotes. His first act of deceit is the concealment of his psalter, a auutmns heirloom that represents both his faith and his heritage.

In the debit column, you are a clerk: Perhaps this is a case of overselling a book, I don’t know. It was interesting to me that there were very clear-cut Good Guys and Bad Guys. After the baby stopped kicking, Uragami ascertained that, for geomantic reasons discernible to men of his genius, the child’s spirit is reluctant to be born. Clerk Jacob de Zoet, the unlikely hero of our novel, could be another Adam Ewing autumne ‘Cloud Atlas’ or a version of Mitchell himself – a passive observer of human fallacies stranded in a zone of conflict where all participants have reluctantly negotiated an uneasy truce, an oblivious witness to a crucial juncture in history.

‘Tis The Season For ‘The Thousand Autumns’

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Fans of Mitchell’s earlier novels might be surprised at the author’s apparent newfound narrative restraint, but as understated as it is, Jacob de Zoet displays the same narrative genius and complex structure as novels like Ghostwritten Mitchell’s debut, also set partially in Japan.

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There is also a wonderful passage where a slave ponders the meaning of his state: Return to Book Page. The plot is thick with adventure, international conflict and diplomacy, lots of political maneuvering, and, of course, the complicated love interest. That’s the way I am. This attraction is carried throughout the novel, and forms the core of the story that propels the reader through the book. May 12, Julie Christine rated it really liked it Shelves: Gulls alight on whitewashed gables, jacpb pagodas and dung-ripe stables; circle over towers and cavernous bells and over hidden squares where urns of urine sit by covered wells, watched by mule-drivers, mules and wolf-snouted dogs, ignored by hunch-backed makers of od gather speed up the stoned-in Nakashima River and fly beneath the arches of its bridges, glimpsed form kitchen doors, watched by farmers walking high, stony ridges.


Loading comments… O loading? An owl cries, In this cedar or that fir Mitchell has one hell of imagination and patience for research and I was left in awe. Want to Jaxob saving….

Since when did Katherine Heigl movies get people laid? Dark clouds clot and the dusk is silted with insects and bats. Jacob de Zoet is a Dutch clerk arriving on a ship from Europe with a superior from the company intent on assessing the corruption occurring in Dejima.

Marigolds in the vase are the wutumns shade of summer, remembered. The concubine shivers and groans. I’ve written two, very different reviews of The Bone Clocks. As Jacob gets used to life in Japan, and becomes entranced with Orito, a young Japanese woman studying medicine on the island, he’s slowly being made into a patsy by the thieves still employed at the company.