The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell

$ 14.00

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell is a 479-page hardcover published by Random House New York, 2010, stated first US edition.  There's minor shelf wear to the dust jacket.  The inside condition is very good with clean pages and tight binding. 

Book Summary

In 2007, Time magazine named him one of the most influential people in the world.  He has twice been short-listed for the Man Booker Prize.  The New York Times Book Review called him simply "a genius."  Now David Mitchell lends fresh credence to The Guardian's claim that "each of his books seems entirely different from that which preceded it."  The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet is a stunning departure for this brilliant, restless, and wildly ambitious author, a giant leap forward by even his own high standards.  A bold and epic novel of a rarely visited point in history, it is a work as exquisitely rendered as it is irresistibly readable.

The year is 1799, the place Dejima in Nagasaki Harbor, the "high-walled, fan-shaped artificial island" that is the Japanese Empire's single port and sole window onto the world, designed to keep the West at bay; the farthest outpost of the war-ravaged Dutch East Indies Company; and a de facto prison for the dozen foreigners permitted to live and work there.  To this place of devious merchants, deceitful interpreters, costly courtesans, earthquakes, and typhoons comes Jacob de Zoet, a devout and resourceful young clerk who has five years in the East to earn a fortune of sufficient size to win the hand of his wealthy fiance back in Holland.

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 faithfully 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?"

ISBN:  978-1-4000-6545-5

 


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