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Publisher Description

The Sunday Times Number One Bestseller, from the author of CLOUD ATLAS and THE BONE CLOCKS.

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2010

Be transported to a place like no other: a tiny, man-made island in the bay of Nagasaki, for two hundred years the sole gateway between Japan and the West. Here, in the dying days of the 18th-century, a young Dutch clerk arrives to make his fortune. Instead he loses his heart.

Step onto the streets of Dejima and mingle with scheming traders, spies, interpreters, servants and concubines as two cultures converge. In a tale of integrity and corruption, passion and power, the key is control - of riches and minds, and over death itself.

Fiction & Literature
May 13
Hodder & Stoughton

Customer Reviews

MCoda ,

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

An extraordinary tale fired by the author's wonderful imagination and underpinned by thorough research. The tale is set in 18th century Japan and is a love story set against the background of the seemingly irreconcilable cultures of the Dutch and Japanese. I have to confess that it sagged a bit in the middle but it was well worth persevering. I am looking forward reading it again. It was also a joy to read an entire novel by this brilliant author written in the same style. So often, in his other books, he has offered pieces of exquisite writing with fascinating characters only for them to be dropped or replaced. Given that the replacement character/story was equally fascinating, it seems something of a churlish criticism. But it created in this reader a sense of "look what I can do next".

Anyway that is simply not an issue here - it is great novel, with rounded characters and with a great plot.

Electric Nag ,

Why give one star to a book just because it's expensive?

Surely that is not the issue when rating a book you dunderhead. And the dullard who gave it one star with an arrogant 'enough said' is clearly a moron without the ability to enlarge on his brief, witty and incisive opinion.
Its a wonderful, beautiful book, that I didn't want to end. Read it - you'll love it unless you are a dunderhead, dullard or smug moron.

kwooders ,

Book of a thousand memories

A wonderful and gripping story. The book ebbs and flows with natural rhythm, complete characters and masterful literacy.

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