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July 18, 2010

25 Down, 27 To Go "The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet" (52 Books, 52 Weeks)

When I previewed 2010's new book releases, two books held my highest expectations, Daniel Clowes' graphic novel Wilson and David Mitchell's novel The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet. Wilson impressed me so much it made my favorite books of 2010 (so far) list. David Mitchell's also did not disappoint.

David Mitchell is one of my favorite authors. His novels Cloud Atlas and Black Swan Green are among my personal favorites, and to say I anticipated his new novel would be an understatement.

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet is a historical novel set in early 19th century Japan. Mitchell doesn't recount this world, he immerses the reader in their lives and experiences. The cast of characters is vast, and Mitchell is talented enough to give each a surprising depth of personality. Once again Mitchell's storytelling skills are center stage and make for an unforgettable work.

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet is the book I have recommended most to family and friends this year, and is the perfect choice to sneak some literature on fans of historical fiction.

My next book is Mary Mac's Tea Room: 65 Years of Recipes from Atlanta's Favorite Dining Room, by John Ferrell.


also at Largehearted Boy:

other 52 Books, 52 Weeks reviews

Online "best of 2009" book lists
Online "best of 2008" book lists
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)


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