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The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet Summary
David Mitchell (author)

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The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet: A Novel Summary

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"The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet" is a novel by David Mitchell which is an account of the life of Dutch clerk Jacob de Zoet on the man-made island of Dejima in Japan between 1799 and 1817.

Jacob de Zoet, seeking to advance himself and marry his beloved, Anna, travels to Japan with the Dutch East India Company to work at the trading town on a man-made island, Dejima, in Nagasaki Harbor. Jacob is a devoted Christian, and prays daily using his family Psalter. He is abhorred by the corruption of the island, the black market trade, and the ill-practices of the Europeans around him. Jacob nevertheless befriends a Dutch physician, Dr. Marinus, and earns the respect of the people who work for the trading company. Jacob falls in love with a beautiful Japanese girl named Orito Aibagawa, who is studying medicine under Dr. Marinus. But due to Japanese...

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