The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
But Jacob’s original intentions are eclipsed after a chance encounter with Orito Aibagawa, the disfigured daughter of a samurai doctor and midwife to the city’s powerful magistrate. The borders between propriety, profit, and pleasure blur until Jacob finds his vision clouded, one rash promise made and then fatefully broken. The consequences will extend beyond Jacob’s worst imaginings. As one cynical colleague asks, “Who ain’t a gambler in the glorious Orient, with his very life?”
A magnificent mix of luminous writing, prodigious research, and heedless imagination, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet is the most impressive achievement of its eminent author.
1. David Mitchell once stated that his "intention is to write a bicultural novel, where Japanese perspectives are given an equal weight to Dutch/European perspectives." Do you believe he accomplished this goal in The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet? How do you think the perspectives of each culture are...
Winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book (South Asia and Europe)
Finalist for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize
Finalist for the Walter Scott Prize
Longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize
A Globe and Mail Best Book
A New York Times Notable Book
“A page-turner...[David] Mitchell’s masterpiece; and also, I am convinced, a masterpiece of our time.” Richard Eder, The Boston Globe
“An achingly romantic story of forbidden love...Mitchell’s incredible prose is on stunning display.... A novel of ideas, of longing, of good and evil and those who fall somewhere in between [that] confirms Mitchell as one of the more fascinating and fearless writers alive.” Dave Eggers, The New York Times Book Review
“The novelist who’s been showing us the future of fiction has published a classic, old-fashioned tale...an epic of sacrificial love, clashing civilizations and enemies who won’t rest until whole family lines have been snuffed out.” Ron Charles, The Washington Post
“By any standards, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet is a formidable marvel.” James Wood, The New Yorker
“A beautiful novel, full of life and authenticity, atmosphere and characters that breathe.” Maureen Corrigan, NPR