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The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet (2010)

por David Mitchell

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1799, Dejima in Nagasaki Harbor. Jacob de Zoet, a devout and resourceful young clerk, has a chance encounter with Orito Aibagawa, the disfigured daughter of a samurai doctor and midwife to the city's powerful magistrate. The borders between propriety, profit, and pleasure blur until Jacob finds his vision clouded, one rash promise made and then fatefully broken--the consequences of which will extend beyond Jacob's worst imaginings.… (mais)
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I chose this book because I have been reading about Japanese history and culture and I hoped it might give me a sense of how life was in Japan at that time. The world painting throughout did not disappoint, but aspects of the plot made it extremely difficult to suspend my disbelief. Not just because it seemed inappropriate at the time and culture, but was simply unbelievable. It struck me as coming out of the playbooks of the old "Perils of Pauline" serials, and was simply too hard to swallow. I nearly gave up. The book isn't short and can be a chore to read once you're no longer willing to accept the material. I did stick with it however, and the author did manage to engage my interest again by the end. Knowing what I do about it now, however, I wouldn't choose to read it. ( )
  baobab | Jul 23, 2021 |
Edel's review: Is there a perfect book? I doubt it. Does one have to agree with every word an author writes in order to enjoy the story? I don’t think so. And exactly some of those books – like old acquaintances – one likes to meet over and over. For me, David Mitchell’s “The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet” is such a yarn. Re-reading familiar passages or finding something new one had not been aware of before is delightful. Some might find the many plot strands confusing. I found the warp and weft of love story, historical novel, and metaphysical work with a multitude of characters fascinating all over again. [May 2016]
  HenrySt123 | Jul 19, 2021 |
What a beautiful and haunting piece of literature. I've adored Mitchell's work since his first novel, "Ghostwritten", and this is probably my favourite of his since then. It's too late in the evening for coherent thought, but yes, yes, a thousand times, yes. ( )
  therebelprince | Jun 24, 2021 |
As a picture of Japan in its transitional state between cloistered isolation and worldly dominance, this was excellent. I enjoyed the main plot of morally upright trader Jacob de Zoet and his unconsummated infatuation with blushing native Orito Aibagawa, and Mitchell really did his research with respect to 1799-era Japan. While the final resolution isn't really very emotionally satisfying, the main love story is compelling, and the insight into Japan's awkward metamorphosis from potential colony to modern nation is beautifully sketched. I also liked his ending essay on the nature of historical fiction. ( )
  aaronarnold | May 11, 2021 |
A very dense book which was hard to get into, but ultimately worth it. Based on historical trading post in the port of Nagasaki when Japan was closed to foreigners. ( )
  ZachMontana | Mar 2, 2021 |
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There are no easy answers or facile connections in “The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet.” In fact, it’s not an easy book, period. Its pacing can be challenging, and its idiosyncrasies are many. But it offers innumerable rewards for the patient reader and confirms Mitchell as one of the more fascinating and fearless­writers alive.
adicionada por LiteraryFiction | editarhttp://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/04/books/review/Eggers-t.html?ref=bookreviews, Dave Eggers (Jul 1, 2010)
 
Another Booker Prize nomination is likely to greet this ambitious and fascinating fifth novel—a full-dress historical, and then some—from the prodigally gifted British author
adicionada por sturlington | editarKirkus Reviews (May 1, 2010)
 
For his many and enthusiastic admirers — critics, prize juries, readers — the fecundity of Mitchell’s imagination marks him as one of the most exciting literary writers of our age. Indeed, in 2007, he was the lone novelist on Time’ s annual list of the world’s 100 most influential people. Through five novels, most impressively with his 2004 novel, Cloud Atlas, Mitchell has demonstrated flat-out ambition with respect to testing — sometimes past their breaking points — the conventions of storytelling structure, perspective, voice, language and range. The result, according to Mitchell’s rare detractors, is an oeuvre marked by imaginative wizardry and stylistic showmanship put on offer for their own sake. For most everyone else, however, Mitchell’s writing is notable because its wizardry and showmanship are in the service of compulsively readable stories and, at its best moments, are his means of revealing, in strange places and stranger still ways, nothing less than the universals of human experience.
 
Though direct in its storytelling, Jacob de Zoet marks a return to full amplitude. That means occasionally over-long scenes and one or two rambling monologues. But it also guarantees fiction of exceptional intelligence, richness and vitality.
 
With “The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet,” David Mitchell has traded in the experimental, puzzlelike pyrotechnics of “Ghostwritten” and “Number9Dream” for a fairly straight-ahead story line and a historical setting.

He’s meticulously reconstructed the lost world of Edo-era Japan, and in doing so he’s created his most conventional but most emotionally engaging novel yet: it’s as if an acrobatic but show-offy performance artist, adept at mimicry, ventriloquism and cerebral literary gymnastics, had decided to do an old-fashioned play and, in the process, proved his chops as an actor.
 

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Berri, ManuelTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
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1799, Dejima in Nagasaki Harbor. Jacob de Zoet, a devout and resourceful young clerk, has a chance encounter with Orito Aibagawa, the disfigured daughter of a samurai doctor and midwife to the city's powerful magistrate. The borders between propriety, profit, and pleasure blur until Jacob finds his vision clouded, one rash promise made and then fatefully broken--the consequences of which will extend beyond Jacob's worst imaginings.

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