A Booker finalist and Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize winner, David Mitchell was called "prodigiously daring and imaginative" by Time and "a genius" by the New York Times Book Review. With this sweeping work of historical fiction, he confirms his place among the world's greatest novelists. In 1799, the artificial island of Dejima lies in Nagasaki Harbor as the Empire of Japan's de facto gate blocking Western influence. Here, at the farthest outpost of the Dutch East Indies Company, Jacob de Zoet comes to make his fortune before reuniting with his fiancEe in Holland. But fate takes a dangerous turn when Jacob-who, like all outsiders, is not allowed to set foot on the mainland-falls hopelessly in love with a young Japanese woman. Filled with lush imagery and populated by authentic characters, this epic novel is beautifully complemented by the dual performance of narrators Jonathan Aris and Paula Wilcox. "Comparisons to Tolstoy are inevitable, and right on the money."-Kirkus Reviews, starred review ". a dense and satisfying historical with literary brawn and stylistic panache." -Publishers Weekly, starred review
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"This utterly original and wildly satisfying new novel gets such a dazzling performance here that you are torn between wanting to know how it ends and hoping it never does. On the cusp of the nineteenth century, Jacob de Zoet--hoping to earn enough to marry his sweetheart in Zeeland--arrives on the island off Nagasaki, where the shogun sequesters the trading partners of a closed and essentially medieval Japan. In the ensuing symphony of clashing cultures, Jonathan Aris plays all the instruments--from the comic/despicable Dutch and English adventurers to the smoothly confusing Japanese voices. His timbre and range are truly remarkable, his pacing irresistible. Paula Wilcox is equally good in the smaller women's world of the fascinating midwife, Orito Aibagawa. An embarrassment of riches. B.G. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine"
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