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The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
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The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

Написано David Mitchell

Озвучено Jonathan Aris и Paula Wilcox

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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
ЯзыкEnglish
ИздательRecorded Books Audio
Дата выпуска29 июн. 2010 г.
ISBN9781449828318
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  • Рейтинг: 5 из 5 звезд
    5/5
    Mitchell is a phenomenal author. I discovered his work with Cloud Atlas, and loved the same blend of weighty subject matter and his signature comfortable and uplifting narrative voice. The performance by both narrators really brought the prose to life as well, making for a gratifying listening experience. (I’m still new to audiobooks, but this has been the most enjoyable one so far performance-wise).

    What stuck with me most was the representation of language. With Dutch, English, and of course Japanese, Mitchell launches a compelling narrative of intertwining linguistic capabilities that blends brilliantly with the historical intersection of different cultures.

    Thousand Autumns had a lot to love. I’m glad I got to experience it :)
  • Рейтинг: 5 из 5 звезд
    5/5
    Such a great storyteller. Amazing book. Love everything by David Mitchell. This is one of his best.
  • Рейтинг: 3 из 5 звезд
    3/5
    A page-turner (so to speak, as I listened to it on audio) a much more pleasant read than other David Mitchell novels which I personally have found extremely annoying in their precious conceits. This is a much more regular narrative, and fun, though implausible in parts. Here's an excerpt from the Guardian, which I agree with:
    "The main problem seems to be that Mitchell hasn't decided if he's writing a straight historical novel, a grandly themed fable or a cheerfully trashy romp. Or rather that he's decided to write all three, but without a structure robust and flexible enough to keep the different elements in balance. The basic premise – a colonial-type cultural encounter in one of the few non-European countries that fended off the colonial powers – is a good one. But much of the thematic-looking stuff, such as the repeated images of seclusion and enclosure, turns out to be little more than structural gaffer tape, and more substantive matters are handled simplistically. The European Enlightenment, for example, is served up in two flavours: good, associated with botany and sound midwifery practices, and bad, associated with predatory lending and guns. With one or two exceptions, the characters fall into goodies and baddies as well, and their doings – including the central love story – don't often rise above the needs of the plot.

    All the same, it's hard not to warm to the fluency and copiousness of Mitchell's yarn-spinning. Even – or especially – at his silliest, he keeps the pages turning, effortlessly throwing out each character's back story, setting up cliffhangers and moments of pathos, and, when it's necessary, summoning Abbot Enomoto to kill butterflies by telepathy. Mitchell has been under pressure for a while now to write something tastefully understated, even middle-of-the-road. Sensibly, and perhaps to his credit, he hasn't tried too hard to do so here."
  • Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд
    4/5
    An absorbing historical novel.

    Most of the action takes place in Dejima, off the coast of Nagasaki, Japan, in 1799-1800, and culminates in an actual historical event. Dejima was an artificial island built as a center of Japanese/Dutch trade, and was constructed for the reason that foreigners were not permitted to live on Japanese soil. Creating a canal between the mainland and a peninsula solved this problem to the satisfaction of the Japanese.

    The title character is a young clerk for the Dutch East India Company looking to make his fortune, at least to an extent that would enable his marriage to his sweetheart back home. Complicating this are his innate honesty and his immediate attraction to a young Japanese midwife.

    The storyline takes a somewhat fantastic turn that involves a cult claiming the ability to bestow immortality through horrific means. The actual historical event I mentioned actually took place in 1808, but was moved by Mitchell, presumably for dramatic reasons, to 1800.

    The book is well plotted, but doesn't take you on the path you expect, and there are numerous well-drawn characters, many of an earthy and bawdy nature. I particularly liked the crusty and unconventional Dr. Marinus. There's just the right mix here of adventure, terror, humor, and yes, fun. Yet there's enough ambiguity to satisfy the literary-minded who want some questions to chew on when the book is finished.

    In the final analysis: a cracking good read!
  • Рейтинг: 5 из 5 звезд
    5/5
    I was already a fan, but David Mitchell's newest feels like a major step forward. It combines some of the complexities and esoteric-ism of his earlier work (Cloud Atlas) with the sure-handed narrative of his more recent (Black Swan Green) and wraps it all in an impressively researched work of historical fiction.

    The story follows an ambitious young clerk entering the strange world of a Dutch East India trading post just outside of Nagasaki in 1799. It's an odd no-man's-land that seems like the edge of the world and Jacob has been tasked with ferreting-out the perpetrators of institutional corruption. As such, he doesn't make many friends among the hands (a rogues gallery), officers, interpreters, and warlords that frequent the docks and warehouses.

    Meanwhile, he tries to acclimate himself to the culture shock of his new environs, the rough edges of his new colleagues, and the forbidden attraction he feels for a disfigured midwife.

    Mitchell does a great job of exploring the nooks and crannies of human character and behavior during love, war, and commerce. Within its gritty realism it evokes the best bits of David Liss, Lisa See and even a little Patrick O'Brian. A great read!
  • Рейтинг: 5 из 5 звезд
    5/5
    Thank heavens for advance bookseller copies.
  • Рейтинг: 1 из 5 звезд
    1/5
    I was put off by the hieroglyphics of the characters' names and ship jargon. When the basics require so much of my energy, there is little left for reading the plot.
  • Рейтинг: 5 из 5 звезд
    5/5
    David Mitchell can do no wrong as far as I am concerned. Like an actor who you never recognize because each role is so different, Mitchell's books share nothing except a fascinating slate of distinct characters and a fresh world view that completely engulfs the reader. His books are hard to put down. I loved the Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet.
  • Рейтинг: 5 из 5 звезд
    5/5
    Well crafted. I don't want to ruin a minute of it for a single person. I had a man walk up to me on the street after seeing this book in my hand and inform me that it was the "best book he had read this summer."

    3 chapters from the end was the best chapter I have *ever* read in a book. It was a very duh-Duh-DUH-DUN moment. Worth every moment of me struggling to get thru nautical discussions of ships fighting at sea.