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The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell.. Two time Booker finalist Mitchell's shogun-era Japan saga is a romantic novel set in 1799. Though flawed structurally, the story is fantastical enough to carry the premise. Rich characters and language fireworks abound.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"If any readers have doubted that David Mitchell is phenomenally talented and capable of vaulting wonders on the page, they have been heretofore silent. Mitchell is almost universally acknowledged as the real deal.."

The New York Times

"Mitchell situates his reflections on freedom and enslavement, reason and faith, in a fast-verging-on-breathless narrative that makes full and delighted use of the ripping yarn tool kit. ."

The Telegraph

Author bio: David Mitchell was born in Southport, Merseyside, in England, raised in Malvern, Worcestershire, and educated at the University of Kent, studying for a degree in English and American Literature followed by an M.A. in Comparative Literature. He lived for a year in Sicily, then moved to Hiroshima, Japan, where he taught English to technical students for eight years, before returning to England. After another stint in Japan, he currently lives in Clonakilty, Ireland, with his wife Keiko and their two children. More information can be found here:

Book Details: General Fiction; 479 pp. Stimulating read: Kindle/Print editions

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