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Imagine a nation banishing the outside world for two centuries, forbidding its subjects to leave its shores on pain of death, and harbouring a deep mistrust of European ideas.
Set in Japan in 1799, a young Dutch clerk, Jacob de Zoet, is about to embark on a strange adventure of duplicity, love, and murder - and all the while the axis of global power is turning.
©2010 David Mitchell (P)2010 WF Howes Ltd
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By Rattle on 05-31-17

Enjoyed this immensely

This story does a great job of conveying the historical context of 18th century colonial life, I'm looking forward to reading up on where the history finishes and the fiction begins.

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By Elrond on 03-26-15


Masterfully written, beautiful, adventurous, intelligent! I highly recommend it for those who love intelligent historic fiction. This was a pleasure to listen to.

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By Robin B on 07-27-10

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet

What a marvellous tale - beautifully written and beautifully read. I was 'transported' in my mind to historical Japan and absolutely hooked throughout, waiting to see whether or not Jacob De Zoet would eventually succeed against all the odds being united with the Japanese lady he fell for early in the story. I have been listening to Audible books for well over a year and this is the best book yet - as a literary work and as compulsive listening - by far. I was so pleased to spend about 5 hours driving by myself so I could listen to the third and final part uninterrupted! Oh for more by this amazing author.

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By Andy on 12-23-10

1000 Autumns is a 1001 Delights

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed this audio novel. At first sight it seems quite a strange story yet it is absorbing and intriguing from the very start and one is quickly transformed. The writing is superb. Wonderful characters in cultural juxtaposition are vividly and lovingly brought to life by the narrators. We have played bits over again for the pure enjoyment and not because we fell asleep while listening! This is our book of the year.

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