The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

June 2, 2010

David Mitchell, best known for his “Cloud Atlas” turns to historical fiction for his latest, “The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet.”  due out at the end of June, the book has earned 2 starred reviews from Booklist and Library Journal and was a PW pick of the week on April 12th.  the LJ prepub alert summarizes with

Eager to earn the money he needs to marry, Jacob de Zoet heads to late 1700s Dejima, the Japanese empire’s only port and outpost of the Dutch East Indies Company. But he gets his head turned by the island’s wild side and a samurai’s disfigured daughter.

and the verdict on the LJ review is

This painstakingly researched and original novel is hard to pin to any one genre, for it is a historical novel and cultural study with plenty of intrigue and mystery mixed in. It is intelligent and utterly readable at the same time. Highly recommended.

Time also featured it as part of their “Summer Entertainment Preview 2010.”

free arc to the first Sno-Isle Libraries employee to respond.

posting by marin


2 Responses to “The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet”

  1. vstevens7015 Says:

    Sounds good to me. I liked Cloud Atlas

  2. David Says:

    At least this time there won’t be such confusion over the title — there was another “Cloud Atlas” released within weeks of the other one, and I’m sure many people thought “Wow, this is nothing like the review I read!”

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