I’ve just finished one of the best novels I have read in a very long time. The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, by British novelist David Mitchell (c. 2010, Random House), tells the story of a young clerk in the service of the Dutch East India Company who lands on the Dejima outside Nagasaki in 1799 to trade with the Japanese. He falls in love with a beautiful, but scarred Japanese midwife, daughter of a samurai. Many complications ensue.
Mitchell, twice nominated for a Booker Prize for past novels, has a remarkable writing style that never fails to surprise. His plot twists seem both unexpected and inevitable.
Now I need to go back and discover Cloud Gate and his other previous novels. Read this book!