18th century

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet, by David Mitchell

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Oct 1, 2010

thousand-autumns.jpgA sweeping historical novel that captures the readers' imagination and brings them to an intimate relationship with the characters is rare indeed, but this novel achieves just that level of mastery.  David Mitchell combines his meticulous research with his brilliant writing style to tell the story of Jacob De Zoet as he tries to earn a fortune to win his fiancee's hand in Holland.  1799 is the year that De Zoet has signed on with the Dutch East Indies Company as a clerk for the company on the man-made island of Dejima, in Nagasaki Harbor, the single port into Japan,  meant to keep the West at