"Dispatched to the influential Japanese port of Dejima in 1799, ambitious clerk Jacob de Zoet resolves to earn enough money to deserve his wealthy fiancée, an effort that is challenged by his relationship with the midwife daughter of a Samurai."
In his fifth lucid and allusive literary endeavor, David Mitchell temporarily suspends his trademark structural inventiveness to display his considerable abilities in the more traditional form of the historical novel, as he inhabits the 18th-century Japanese island of Dejima, where a tiny community of Dutch traders represented the only contact between Japan and the rest of the world. One of the Dutch sojourned on Dejima is Jacob de Zoet, who has naively accepted his alienated post in order to amass enough money to marry his beloved back in Europe, but his precisely configured plans begin to unravel after he becomes enamored with Orito Aibagawa, an indentured midwife who has unintentionally witnessed the results of a series of perverse Shogun rituals. Mitchell is quite simply one of our most creative and perceptive writers, and this masterful epic, suffused with cultural and period detail, represents the fifth consecutive pinnacle of his exemplary career. Selected by the New York Times Book Review as a Notable Book of 2010 and by Publishers Weekly as a 2010 Top 100 Book.
- Fiction + Literature Genres, Fiction + Literature Themes
- Romance, Love + Relationships + Sex, Historical Fiction, Peoples + Cultures, Settings, Literary Genres + Types of Novels, Conflicts + Dualities
- June 29, 2010
- June 29, 2010
- David Mitchell