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The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet, A Novel

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet, A Novel - David Mitchell The day I discovered that David Mitchell the author was not David Mitchell the comedian I was so miserable I took an immediate dislike towards the fellow (the author that is) and refused to read anything by him for years. I was, no need to be polite about it, the very example of a perfect imbecile.
I arrived to this book out of sheer boredom and in one chapter it had me purring and writhing my toes in delicious bliss. Whatever might be said about the spidery intricacy of the story lines or the sometimes-indecipherable-if-you-don't-have-a-manual-handy names of the characters, this is book will make you want to stare at words and mouth words and sniff words and inject words directly in your veins like a non fatal drug that causes your brain functions to focus only on stories and characters so real and weak and flawed and *there* that you'll want to think and relish no other book or idea for days afterwards.