The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet by David Mitchell

David Mitchell reinvents himself with each book, and it's thrilling to watch. His novels like Ghostwritten and Cloud Atlas spill over with narrators and language, collecting storylines connected more in spirit than in fact. In The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, he harnesses that plenitude into a more traditional form, 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.

Review by Tom Nissley for Amazon.com

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  • Alex M.

    I just posted to the message board, but not sure if that sends alerts (so sorry for the duplication)- Anyone up for Santaland Diaries on December 19th?

    December 7, 2012

    • Tom R.

      I'll pass. Saw it years ago

      December 7, 2012

  • Tom R.

    Meeting was great, but sadly, I wasn't able to finish the book...

    December 7, 2012

  • Alex M.

    So, hey, y'all- should we plan on going for holiday drinks after??

    November 30, 2012

    • Wayne

      That would be great -- it would be nice to try Cafe 640 again and hope it's not their holiday party night.

      1 · November 30, 2012

    • Dawn

      Sounds like fun! Count me in.

      December 3, 2012

  • Tom R.

    I am deep inside Cloud Atlas and I am mesmerized. Jacob will have to wait (but with the extra two weeks, that should not be a problem!) One thing is for sure, Wayne...it is TERRITORY UNREAD!

    October 22, 2012

    • Wayne

      If I like this one I plan on reading Cloud Atlas. I almost picked that, but the more traditional storyline of this one appealed to me. More like the Territory Half-Trodden On... :-)

      October 22, 2012

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