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The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet (Digital Audiobook)

By David Mitchell, Jonathan Aris (Narrator), Paula Wilcox (Narrator)

Publication Date: June 28, 2010

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (3/8/2011)
Hardcover (6/29/2010)
Paperback (12/1/2011)
Paperback (3/1/2011)
Paperback (3/1/2011)
Hardcover, Large Print (1/5/2011)
Paperback, Large Print (4/3/2012)

Summer '11 Reading Group List

“Honest, forthright Jacob de Zoet, the nephew of a Dutch preacher, journeys to the Nagasaki of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, at the peak of Dutch trade with Japan. Through his eyes, we see this absorbing tale of the clash of cultures, replete with political machinations, plots within plots, graft and corruption, unrequited love, and the struggle of the 'good' to persevere throughout it all. A thoroughly satisfying read!”
— Lynne Almeida, Spellbinder Books & Coffee Bar, Bishop, CA
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July 2010 Indie Next List

“Honest, forthright Jacob de Zoet, the nephew of a Dutch preacher, journeys to the Nagasaki of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, at the peak of Dutch trade with Japan. Through his eyes, we see this absorbing tale of the clash of cultures, replete with political machinations, plots within plots, graft and corruption, unrequited love, and the struggle of the 'good' to persevere throughout it all. A thoroughly satisfying read!”
— Lynne Almeida, Spellbinder Books & Coffee Bar, Bishop, CA
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Description

A Booker finalist and Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize winner, David Mitchell was called "prodigiously daring and imaginative" by Time and "a genius" by the New York Times Book Review. With this sweeping work of historical fiction, he confirms his place among the world's greatest novelists. In 1799, the artificial island of Dejima lies in Nagasaki Harbor as the Empire of Japan's de facto gate blocking Western influence. Here, at the farthest outpost of the Dutch East Indies Company, Jacob de Zoet comes to make his fortune before reuniting with his fiancEe in Holland. But fate takes a dangerous turn when Jacob-who, like all outsiders, is not allowed to set foot on the mainland-falls hopelessly in love with a young Japanese woman. Filled with lush imagery and populated by authentic characters, this epic novel is beautifully complemented by the dual performance of narrators Jonathan Aris and Paula Wilcox. "Comparisons to Tolstoy are inevitable, and right on the money."-Kirkus Reviews, starred review ". a dense and satisfying historical with literary brawn and stylistic panache." -Publishers Weekly, starred review