As reviewed by Toni Whitmont in the Booktopia BLOG: "All praise for The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell"
'This is a marvellously wrought novel, full of fully formed characters and the kind of detail that allows you to sink deep into its imaginary world. I was sorry when I finished...brilliant' - HERALD SUN
David Mitchell's novels have captivated critics and readers alike, as his Man Booker shortlistings and Richard & Judy Book of the Year award attest. Now he has written a masterpiece. The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet is the kind of book that comes along once in a decade enthralling in its storytelling, imagination and scope.
Set at a turning point in history on a tiny island attached to mainland Japan, David Mitchell s tale of power, passion and integrity transports us to a world that is at once exotic and familiar: an extraordinary place and an era when news from abroad took months to arrive, yet when people behaved as they always do - loving, lusting and yearning, cheating, fighting and killing.
Bringing to vivid life a tectonic shift between East and West, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet is dramatic, funny, heartbreaking, enlightening and thought-provoking. Reading it is an unforgettable experience.
About the Author
David Mitchell's first novel, Ghostwritten, was awarded the Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award. His second novel, Number9dream, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize as well as the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. In 2003, his third novel, Cloud Atlas, was shortlisted for six awards including the Man Booker Prize and won the British Book Awards Best Literary Fiction and South Bank Show Literature Prize. His previous novel, Black Swan Green, was shortlisted for the Costa Novel of the Year Award.
Compared with almost everything being written now, it is vertiginously ambitious - and brilliant - The TimesUnquestionably a marvel - entirely original among contemporary British novels, revealing its author as, surely, the most impressive fictional mind of his generation - ObserverArguably his finest . . . It will doubtless earn Mitchell his fourth Man Booker nomination and, if there's any justice, his first win. - Sunday TelegraphHowever densely charted and richly sketched, this sumptuous imbroglio never drags . . . Mitchell flexes his prose virtuosity. More than before, those muscles do the heart's work. - IndependentSpectacularly accomplished and thrillingly suspenseful . . . a narrative of panoramic span. Mitchell fills his pages with a medley of accents, idioms and speech habits. Prodigiously researched, his book resurrects a place and period with riveting immediacy . . . it brims with rich, involving and affecting humanity - Sunday TimesThat rare thing - a novel which actually deserves the accolade "tour de force" - Daily Telegraph Books of the YearMoving, thoughtful and unexpectedly funny - Observer Books of the YearHugely enjoyable . . . the descriptions of Dejima and what life there must have been like are extraordinarily accurate - Literary Review
Number Of Pages: 576
Published: 1st March 2011
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 13.1 x 3.5
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 1