The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
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The Sunday Times Number One Bestseller, from the author of CLOUD ATLAS and THE BONE CLOCKS.
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2010
Be transported to a place like no other: a tiny, man-made island in the bay of Nagasaki, for two hundred years the sole gateway between Japan and the West. Here, in the dying days of the 18th-century, a young Dutch clerk arrives to make his fortune. Instead he loses his heart.
Step onto the streets of Dejima and mingle with scheming traders, spies, interpreters, servants and concubines as two cultures converge. In a tale of integrity and corruption, passion and power, the key is control - of riches and minds, and over death itself.
From Publishers Weekly
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Why give one star to a book just because it's expensive?
Surely that is not the issue when rating a book you dunderhead. And the dullard who gave it one star with an arrogant 'enough said' is clearly a moron without the ability to enlarge on his brief, witty and incisive opinion.
Its a wonderful, beautiful book, that I didn't want to end. Read it - you'll love it unless you are a dunderhead, dullard or smug moron.
It's a grate read. So cleverly written. Don't want to spoil what happens but the story line is grate.
Best book I have seen in a long long time. Strongly recommended .
I finished reading this amazing novel tonight. A novel that builds into a fast-paced adventure from carefully constructed beginnings as a work of political/ historical intrigue, David Mitchell once again shows his playfulness with genre and his sensibility as a storyteller who takes you on a journey. There are moments of heart-stopping drama but it is the writer's ability to convey the thoughts of his characters that will stay with me for a long time. I loved his other novels but this is superlative. A Booker winner?