The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet  by David Mitchell was recommended enthusiastically by some of our members. 

“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

"A historical novel set in Japan at the turn into the 19th century, when the island nation was almost entirely cut off from the West except for a tiny, quarantined Dutch outpost. Jacob is a pious but not unappealing prig from Zeeland, whose self-driven duty to blurt the truth in a corrupt and deceitful trading culture, along with his headlong love for a local midwife, provides the early engine for the story, which is confined at first to the Dutch enclave but crosses before long to the mainland. Every page is overfull with language, events, and characters, exuberantly saturated in the details of the time and the place but told from a knowing and undeniably modern perspective. It's a story that seems to contain a thousand worlds in one." - Amazon best book of the month July 2010 review.

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  • Joan P.

    Please see this note on our message board about Mitchell's new book:­]

    August 30

  • obewan

    I just want to go on record to say that this meeting was all I'd hoped for and more. I apologize for my Ludditism trying to make sense of the Meetup interface. In fact I'd given 5 stars to the group and 4 to the book but it's looking like the "book" was actually the name of that particular meeting. oops.
    So FIVE STARS for the Jacob de Groet meeting and I hope nothing requires me to miss because this group is as addictive as the book's Serenity Drug.

    2 · August 25

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you, Joan and Ellen, for organizing and hosting!

    August 25

  • obewan

    Ptrce nailed it for me, to paraphrase: appreciated it vs. loving it.

    August 24

    • Janine A.

      Nice to have met you obewan! I just wanted to share, because this confused me at first, that when we rate here, it's rating the meet up gathering itself, not the book. I know, confusing, right? If that's helpful... Cheers.

      1 · August 25

  • Christine O.

    This was an enriching and engaging discussion, as usual, with this great group. I appreciate everyone's observations, input and questions. Thank you to all who showed up. (I can't get the stars to fill in, but if I could, it would be another 5-star meet-up).

    1 · August 24

  • Martha S.

    Dear All,

    Not sure whether it's the earthquake or just me, but I woke up feeling a little queasy this morning, so I'll have to miss the group this afternoon. Hoping that folks post a few comments here so I can live vicariously.


    August 24

    • Joan P.

      If you're sure, please change your RSVP. It still says you're coming.

      August 24

    • Janine A.

      Hope you feel well soon, Martha!

      August 24

  • Melissa M.

    Sorry, read the book, but now am unable to make it. Hopefully someone else gets a chance to go discuss it now!

    August 20

  • Leslie M.

    I had the same problem, nancy... See you next time!

    August 20

  • Nancy R.

    I'm so sorry, but I've been trying to get into this book, with little success, and have given up on finishing the book by Sunday. I'm looking forward to hearing about the conversation in the group.

    August 20

  • Joan P.

    If you've finished the book, it's not too late to put yourself on the wait list for this meeting. We usually get some last-minute changes.

    August 20

  • Joan P.

    I emailed Ellen's address today. It looks like everyone on the wait list is now on the "going" list. Whew.

    August 19

  • Leslie M.

    Sorry I cannot make it. This was the first book I could not get through in time. Will read reviews from you all!

    August 18

  • Laura Maslin B.

    So wish I could join you, but with school starting on Tuesday, I am swamped! Hope to be back with you all soon.

    August 16

  • Hatice K.

    Hi Joan, I am on the WAIT list and I am changing RSVP to "No" . I am going to New York soon and will be back on end of October. My father doesn't feel that good. Have fun everybody it's a good book. Hatice

    1 · August 12

  • obewan

    I just read a book by Preston L. Allen called Every Boy Should Have a Man (2013) that I would recommend for the group to consider in future.

    1 · August 6

    • Joan P.

      Would you put your recommendation on our discussions page --­ -- and include a few sentences about the book and why you recommend it? Thanks!

      August 7

  • Joan P.

    If you signed up for this meeting, please check that your RSVP is up to date. We have 3 people on the waitlist right now.

    August 6

  • Joan P.

    Two important things:

    1. We need a host for this meeting. If you can accommodate 15 people comfortably, please email me directly: [masked].

    2. It's only 7/31, and this meeting is already full! We decided to cap attendance at 15, and I've set up MeetUp to do this automatically and give people the option to put themselves on a wait list if they try to RSVP after the meeting is full. Since we're at 15 with weeks to go before our meeting date, it's especially important that if you RSVPed "yes" already, you check that you can definitely attend and will have the book read by 8/24. If not, please change your RSVP to "no" so that someone else can have your spot.

    July 31

    • Joan P.

      Thank you, Ellen, for volunteering to host this meeting!

      2 · August 1

  • Christine O.

    I am SO sorry, everyone! I am not going to be able to offer my Petaluma home for the August gathering after all. Can someone else offer theirs? My sincere apologies. I will definitely host in the future, just not this time.

    July 30

  • Joan P.

    Ann tells me that 10 copies of the Thousand Autumns are now at the Sebastopol Library, reserved for members of the Novel Lovers of Sonoma County. Members can identify themselves verbally, and check out a book for five weeks. That means beginning today, a member can have it through the 24th, the time of the August meeting. Thank you, Ann, for setting up this terrific service!

    1 · July 23

    • Janine A.

      Thank you Ann and thank you, Joan! That rocks!

      July 28

  • Joan P.

    From now on, I'm capping attendance at 15. If you try to RSVP after 15, you can put yourself on a waiting list to be notified when a spot is available. If you RSVP early and then realize that you can't come, please change your RSVP to make room for someone else. Thank you!

    1 · July 27

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