The 1000 Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell

About the book

In your hands is a place like no other: a tiny, man-made island in the bay of Nagasaki, for two hundred years the sole gateway between Japan and the West. Here, in the dying days of the 18th century, a young Dutch clerk arrives to make his fortune. Instead he loses his heart.

Step onto the streets of Dejima and mingle with scheming traders, spies, interpreters, servants and concubines as two cultures converge. In a tale of integrity and corruption, passion and power, the key is control – of riches and minds, and over death itself.

 

Reviewed by CC Readers

“Not an easy read but many found this book impressive and ultimately a page turner. Wonderful writing, evocative descriptions of places, period, people, emotions, nature, etc. Poetic and memorable. On the minus side – too dense and wordy but worth persevering

 

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