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The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet (2010)

de David Mitchell

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1799, Dejima in Nagasaki Harbor. Jacob de Zoet, a devout and resourceful young clerk, has 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 fatefully broken--the consequences of which will extend beyond Jacob's worst imaginings.… (més)
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I absolutely loved this book by David Mitchell and am looking forward to discussing it in detail with my book club. Jacob de Zoet arrives in Dejima in Nagasaki's Harbor, the only port that connects an isolated Japan to the Western World. The characters are full and real, the action is non-stop, the history and the imagined characters feel real with a touch of the fantastic. ( )
  auldhouse | Sep 30, 2021 |
I couldn't shake the feeling that the author was simply trying to impress the reader with the scholarship and writing skills. I found obnoxious. The book never grabbed me. ( )
  scottring | Sep 21, 2021 |
Is there a perfect book? I doubt it. Does one have to agree with every word an author writes in order to enjoy the story? I don’t think so. And exactly some of those books – like old acquaintances – one likes to meet over and over. For me, David Mitchell’s “The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet” is such a yarn. Re-reading familiar passages or finding something new one had not been aware of before is delightful. Some might find the many plot strands confusing. I found the warp and weft of love story, historical novel, and metaphysical work with a multitude of characters fascinating all over again.
  audrey0510 | Aug 26, 2021 |
I couldn’t get into this book. I tried really hard, reading, over 100 pages. The author had a nice writing style, descriptive and rich. The problem was I didn’t care for any of the characters.
  janismack | Aug 10, 2021 |
I chose this book because I have been reading about Japanese history and culture and I hoped it might give me a sense of how life was in Japan at that time. The world painting throughout did not disappoint, but aspects of the plot made it extremely difficult to suspend my disbelief. Not just because it seemed inappropriate at the time and culture, but was simply unbelievable. It struck me as coming out of the playbooks of the old "Perils of Pauline" serials, and was simply too hard to swallow. I nearly gave up. The book isn't short and can be a chore to read once you're no longer willing to accept the material. I did stick with it however, and the author did manage to engage my interest again by the end. Knowing what I do about it now, however, I wouldn't choose to read it. ( )
  baobab | Jul 23, 2021 |
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There are no easy answers or facile connections in “The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet.” In fact, it’s not an easy book, period. Its pacing can be challenging, and its idiosyncrasies are many. But it offers innumerable rewards for the patient reader and confirms Mitchell as one of the more fascinating and fearless­writers alive.
afegit per LiteraryFiction | editahttp://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/04/books/review/Eggers-t.html?ref=bookreviews, Dave Eggers (Jul 1, 2010)
 
Another Booker Prize nomination is likely to greet this ambitious and fascinating fifth novel—a full-dress historical, and then some—from the prodigally gifted British author
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For his many and enthusiastic admirers — critics, prize juries, readers — the fecundity of Mitchell’s imagination marks him as one of the most exciting literary writers of our age. Indeed, in 2007, he was the lone novelist on Time’ s annual list of the world’s 100 most influential people. Through five novels, most impressively with his 2004 novel, Cloud Atlas, Mitchell has demonstrated flat-out ambition with respect to testing — sometimes past their breaking points — the conventions of storytelling structure, perspective, voice, language and range. The result, according to Mitchell’s rare detractors, is an oeuvre marked by imaginative wizardry and stylistic showmanship put on offer for their own sake. For most everyone else, however, Mitchell’s writing is notable because its wizardry and showmanship are in the service of compulsively readable stories and, at its best moments, are his means of revealing, in strange places and stranger still ways, nothing less than the universals of human experience.
 
Though direct in its storytelling, Jacob de Zoet marks a return to full amplitude. That means occasionally over-long scenes and one or two rambling monologues. But it also guarantees fiction of exceptional intelligence, richness and vitality.
 
With “The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet,” David Mitchell has traded in the experimental, puzzlelike pyrotechnics of “Ghostwritten” and “Number9Dream” for a fairly straight-ahead story line and a historical setting.

He’s meticulously reconstructed the lost world of Edo-era Japan, and in doing so he’s created his most conventional but most emotionally engaging novel yet: it’s as if an acrobatic but show-offy performance artist, adept at mimicry, ventriloquism and cerebral literary gymnastics, had decided to do an old-fashioned play and, in the process, proved his chops as an actor.
 

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Mitchell, Davidautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Aris, JonathanNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Berri, ManuelTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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1799, Dejima in Nagasaki Harbor. Jacob de Zoet, a devout and resourceful young clerk, has 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 fatefully broken--the consequences of which will extend beyond Jacob's worst imaginings.

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