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The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet by David Mitchell
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Jun 29, 11

Read in June, 2011

Wonderful blending of masterful writing and imagination in a historical novel. What was a pleasant surprise in Mitchell's novel was the unpredictability of the storyline. I expected one outcome but a writer like this isnt likely to deliver what might have been obvious in a lesser novel. Set in Japan starting in 1799, the Dutch have replaced the Portuguese as the sole trading partners. Isolated on their small island trading post off Nagasaki, the big events of Clavell's Shogun are missing, but this novel is just as compelling.

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