The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet - David Mitchell

If you’ve read David Mitchell’s earlier, Man Booker-nominated novel, Cloud Atlas, you know this writer can do anything—Atlas was romance, history, mystery, science fiction, coming-of-age tale, all in the same book. Mitchell is a writer of phenomenal energy, and his dialogue doesn’t just crackle, it explodes (see Ghostwritten). THE THOUSAND AUTUMNS OF JACOB DE ZOET (Random House, $26) is his fifth novel; Mitchell has matured. He’s honed his prodigious talent, and the craftsmanship is evident throughout this tale of 19th–century trade, love, loyalty, and double dealings among the Dutch of the East India Company and the wary Japanese they do business with. The eponymous Jacob is an earnest, smart, and upright clerk among earthy rogues and greedy colleagues. Always trying to do the right thing, he transgresses one rule after another. His predicaments are by turns funny, rueful, and downright dangerous. He calls his superiors on their fraudulent trading numbers. He falls in love with a Japanese woman. He stands up to a crew of British interlopers who plan to muscle in on Dutch markets in Japan. There’s a lot of history here, well woven into the salty sailor talk, the poker games, and Jacob’s bittersweet dreams of love.

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ISBN: 9780812976366
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - March 8th, 2011