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  • Title: The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
  • Author: David Mitchell
  • ISBN: 9780340921562
  • Page: 496
  • Format: Hardcover

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About "David Mitchell"

  1. David Mitchell

    David Mitchell was born in Southport, Merseyside, in England, raised in Malvern, Worcestershire, and educated at the University of Kent, studying for a degree in English and American Literature followed by an M.A in Comparative Literature He lived for a year in Sicily, then moved to Hiroshima, Japan, where he taught English to technical students for eight years, before returning to England After another stint in Japan, he currently lives in Ireland with his wife Keiko and their two children In an essay for Random House, Mitchell wrote I knew I wanted to be a writer since I was a kid, but until I came to Japan to live in 1994 I was too easily distracted to do much about it I would probably have become a writer wherever I lived, but would I have become the same writer if I d spent the last 6 years in London, or Cape Town, or Moose Jaw, on an oil rig or in the circus This is my answer to myself Mitchell s first novel, Ghostwritten 1999 , moves around the globe, from Okinawa to Mongolia to pre Millennial New York City, as nine narrators tell stories that interlock and intersect The novel won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize for best work of British literature written by an author under 35 and was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award His two subsequent novels, number9dream 2001 and Cloud Atlas 2004 , were both shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize In 2003, he was selected as one of Granta s Best of Young British Novelists In 2007, Mitchell was listed among Time Magazine s 100 Most Influential People in The World Mitchell s American editor at Random House is novelist David Ebershoff.

363 thoughts on “The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet”

  1. In this historical novel, an unassuming Dutch bookkeeper named Jacob de Zoet falls in love with a beautiful midwife in 18th century Japan When Miss Aiba gawa is spirited away to a mountain monastery, Jacob finds the heroism in his soul Here is a bygone secret world full of charm and horror Mitchell is best known for Cloud Atlas, which was a literary stunt in this correspondent s opinion The Thousand Autumns is far better.


  2. I ve spent a week reading this very fine novel and a weekend attempting to unpack it, and I have little doubt I ll spend a good few years thinking about it from time to time If one measure of a novel is its ability to simultaneously inspire and confound engagement, then Mitchell has once again turned it up to 11.Most of the reviews I ve been reading have remarked that this is Mitchell s most formally conventional novel linear, third person narrative , and that his often scintillating prose has b [...]


  3. Remember Dr Seuss s words, children Oh, the Places You ll Go In the case of wunderkind writer David Mitchell s THE THOUSAND AUTUMNS OF JACOB DE ZOET, you ll set your time machine dial for 1799 and a makeshift Dutch port called Dejima on the shores of Nagasaki, Japan But let s take it down another level You ll start at the port and live with old salts that ll make the Pirates of the Caribbean look like so many Lord Fauntleroys You ll visit the homes of the secretive Japanese magistrates You ll do [...]


  4. A shooting star lives and dies in an instant.I first read this when it was published in paperback, just because it was by Mitchell I admired the craft of the writing, but overall, I did not enjoy it as much as I hoped I m not a huge fan of historical fiction, and this seemed a very straightforward narrative in comparison with three of his four preceding books.Now in 2014, after reading The Bone Clocks, I discover that is the second in the Marinus trilogy and this was the first Almost immediately [...]


  5. Since discovering David Mitchell a little over a year ago, I have devoured all five of his novels to date Yet I still cannot say what it is that keeps me impatiently coming back for He is a master of voices He breathes life into characters quickly and effortlessly He is not afraid to dive into the unknowable mysteries embedded within us Time, life, dreams, death Without the crutches of belief or disbelief, he dances around questions of the soul His villains are ofttimes as compelling as his her [...]


  6. THE APPRENTICEWEEK 6 THE SEMI FINALVoiceover Lord Sugar is looking for a historical novelist to invest in He scoured the country for the very best Twelve were selected to begin the process After six weeks of hard battling, only three are left It s the Apprentice Week Six We see a montage of the three remaining contestants, David Mitchell, Hilary Mantel and Sarah Waters frantically typing away on laptops.This week s task to write a complete historical novel in only seven days All the sleepless ni [...]


  7. A transient, dubious point of intersection with a secluded, floating world Two disparate spheres of influence navigating a treacherous turn of the century wherein the actions of either will determine the course of future events A clash of civilizations where all involved parties are unwilling to cede even something as basic as acknowledgement to the other Races laboring under the virulent delusion that skin color predetermines superiority or inferiority Love in the time of prejudice and mutual s [...]


  8. Rating two headachey stars out of fiveThe Publisher Says In 1799, Jacob de Zoet disembarks on the tiny island of Dejima, the Dutch East India Company s remotest trading post in a Japan otherwise closed to the outside world A junior clerk, his task is to uncover evidence of the previous Chief Resident s corruption.Cold shouldered by his compatriots, Jacob earns the trust of a local interpreter and, dangerously, becomes intrigued by a rare woman a midwife permitted to study on Dejima under the co [...]


  9. David Mitchell and I had not been introduced before I knew he had written something about clouds and dreams and this looked pretty so I took it home with me.It is a book about Jacob de Zoet, who in 1799 arrives as a clerk on Dejima, an artificial island near Nagasaki and the only point of contact between Japan and the outside world It is also a book about an English ship and a mountain shrine and secret religious cult It is a book about Orito, Japanese midwife whose face is half burnt but the bo [...]


  10. The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet is witty fascinating surprising magnificent Dejima Island where the action takes place Note This review is no than an opinion For an excellent and thoroughly comprehensive review, may I suggest that you read Cecily s review review show


  11. Exit Only Through the Sea Gate The Thousand Autumns is set in Nagasaki over a period of almost 20 years beginning in 1799 Dutch traders are restricted to an island in the harbour called Dejima From the Japanese perspective, its name reflects the fact that it is an exit island Dutch ships arrive at and depart from the sea gate, while the Japanese officials and traders access the island through a land gate The Dutch are not permitted to enter Japan proper under the isolationist Sakoku policy Thus, [...]


  12. On Mitchell s WritingMitchell is one of my favourite writers, and I really have to squee about how masterfully he uses words Here s an example of his writing in this novel Mitchell is setting a scene where Jacob is waiting in the antechamber to his new boss s office Along the walls of the antechamber are displayed specimens of exotic animals preserved in formaldehyde As he looks at the specimens, Jacob recalls the events that led him to this place Now Mitchell could have written it rather conven [...]


  13. Last month I was visiting the MFA in Boston After an hour or two of wandering through rooms sporting giant, bombastic 19th century American paintings, I came upon a dim hall with small, colorful prints hanging from the wall, like this one This was my first taste of Utagawa Hiroshige s One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, and I was immediately transfixed Although the Edo referred to in the Hiroshige prints is a place a city later to be renamed Tokyo , Edo also refers to the period of Japanese history [...]


  14. Is there anything David Mitchell can t do Dazzling is the word for this 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 You ll have to read it to find out James Wood, a critic who I admire greatly, h [...]


  15. The story of star crossed lovers on two sides of a divide during a turbulent historical period is the staple of many an historical novel The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, at first glane, is just that however, the author has entered uncharted waters by venturing into an area which is seldom explored in historical novels, by choosing Japan during her international isolation as the venue and making the clerk of the erstwhile Dutch East India company, the unlikely hero.Jacob de Zoet has joined [...]


  16. Right in the testicles That s where this book kicked my suspension of disbelief, landing a crunching, foetal position inducing blow that was all the painful for being unexpected.I m a big fan of David Mitchell s work I love Cloud Atlas and I ve given it as a birthday gift to several friends Ditto for Ghostwritten, a book I greatly respect for it s blend of narratives and voices, and genres I enjoyed Numberninedream, and thought Black Swan Green was, well, OK I dig Mitchell s ability to write in [...]


  17. 3.5 stars A fascinating historical novel centering around the idea of translation and the suspension between two cultures, two worlds, two loves I thought it excelled, as Mitchell always does, at witty, realistic dialogue What it lacked in movement, it made up for in deep character study and a compelling main character Not my favorite Mitchell, but certainly not my least favorite.


  18. I was happy to see Mitchell try his hand at historical fiction While he s always been considered an immensely skilled writer and a superb storyteller, it s his inventive structuring that seems to bring forth the highest praise Read Cloud Atlas to see if you agree With this most recent work, as he said in a post publication interview, he was trying a straightforward narrative form one without gewgaws I think that was the word he used, or maybe it was jiggery pokery I m pleased to report that he [...]


  19. Giving this book three stars doesn t adequately represent its melange of 1 star and 5 star elements The prose here walks a line between vivid and so purple that it s gushing persimmon juice over your lips no, that s not quite a direct quote 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 The entire middle section of the book rests on a fantastical plot element an evi [...]


  20. I really enjoyed this book immensely, probably a 4.5 of 5 It s so close to a 5 and someday I may return and decide it is.The story grabbed me from the start and I believe that has to have some connection to Mitchell s skills as a writer and story teller as well as the story itself as tales of the sea and exploration are usually of no interest to me His picture of the cultures of the time, both Japanese and the transplanted Europeans, captured my interest from the first pages and always had a fee [...]


  21. David Mitchell s Cloud Atlas was perhaps my favorite book from last summer It was an ambitious effort, with multiple genres interwoven, and some really marvelous writing within each segment It was brilliantly executed, and made me a big fan of Mitchell Hence I was eager and curious about this novel.The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet is nothing like Cloud Atlas It is simply a wonderfully crafted piece of historical fiction, set in a small trading post of the Dutch East Indies Company on a cons [...]


  22. 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.Set in Nagasaki, Japan on the artificial island of Dejima, the plot revolves around the titular Jacob de Zoet, a clerk with the Dutch East India Company, and Orito, the slightly scarred midwife whose beauty and intelligence captivate Jacob and other characters besides But the secondary and peripheral characters are all deeply and carefu [...]


  23. Exquisite.I am fascinated by language, translating and crossing cultures, and this book was very rich in examples of all these Some of the most fascinating details were discussions between Jacob de Zoet and his interpreters as they worked to find the right word, often in Japanese The Dutch and the Japanese were well matched both demonstrating ruthlessness, and secretiveness The Japanese knew that the Europeans did not arrive simply to trade, but to potentially colonize and own all They know they [...]


  24. David Mitchell s forte is the creation of fully formed worlds with numerous living, breathing characters, all written in beautiful, engaging prose I didn t think the subject matter of this novel would interest me at all a trading post a naval battle not for me but I was happy to live in this world with these characters while I was reading it The plot is intricate but not cumbersome details have meaning.As in Cloud Atlas, there are recurring phrases and images that echo poetically throughout the [...]


  25. I enjoyed this one I definitely preferred it to Cloud Atlas, the only other Mitchell novel I ve read It s certainly straightforward, structurally speaking there is no jumping about in the timestream here 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.Mitchell s writing is engaging There is romance, scandal, action, adventure, betrayal, conspiracy, corruption, heroism and loss to be had here much like [...]


  26. Despite my great love for Cloud Atlas also by Mitchell , The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet did not quite do it for me 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 w [...]


  27. This is the fourth book of Mitchell s I ve read, and from what I know of his books, I d say they re all vastly different from each other in style, arrangement, content, and tone But they all have one thing in common Mitchell s great talent behind them Some of them also have characters in common which is the main reason why I chose this book to read next I wanted to visit again with a great character I first read about in The Bone Clocks, then in Slade House But was I ever surprised to see how th [...]


  28. There is an art to consuming a cup of coffee, particularly if it is the first of the day, when your sleep fuzzed brain and sluggish muscles yearn for the rush of caffeine Drink it too quickly, you will burn your tongue and throat and negate the pleasure of its rich warmth curling thickly through your blood Drink it too slowly and it will cool to a flaccid, bitter memory of what coffee could be Reading David Mitchell s The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet is like consuming that first, vital coff [...]



  29. First I won this book on a Firstreads offer which is really cool Thanks to and Random House I ve been hooked on David Mitchell ever since he began Who was blowing on the nape of my neck Who indeed And since then every book has been an event What will he do this time The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet is both historical and imagined It s different of course from his other novels One comes to expect and await that in Mitchell But there is a common thread I think, which might help explain Mitche [...]


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