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Top 40 Book Club : 2011
30 31 ‘ .. .Jacob is caught between the entrenched corruption of the company and his desire for a young Japanese midwife ... ThE Thousand auTumns oF jacoB dE ZoET // david Mitchell In 1799 a young Dutch East India clerk, Jacob de Zoet, arrives on the tiny man made island of Dejima in Nagasaki harbour. The Dutch East India Company is trading with Japan but all staff are confined to the island. Jacob is hoping his five year tenure with the company will make his fortune and thus prove himself a worthy potential husband to his love Anna, who he left behind in Holland. As the son of a minister, de Zoet’s moral world is as clear cut as his planned return to Zeeland however life on Dejima is not so simple. Jacob is caught between the entrenched corruption of the company and his desire for a young Japanese midwife. Greed, love, isolation, truth and loyalty will test Jacob’s ability to survive the collision of cultures. F