The Next Chapter regularly asks Canadian musicians what books are on their bedside. On the July 9 episode, Owen Pallett stopped by and shared his love for The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell. Owen Pallett is a composer and musician based in Toronto. He won the 2006 Polaris Prize for his album He Poos Clouds and has worked with acts like Arcade Fire, Stars and the Arctic Monkeys.
Here's what Owen had to say about his favourite bedside book:
"I just finished a copy of the new David Mitchell book, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet. I've been a fan of David Mitchell's stuff. I really liked his last two books. He's a bit of a pastiche artist. Like, he'll have one part of his book written in the style of Melville and another part written in the style of a satirical John Grisham."
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The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
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"The year is 1799, the place Dejima, the 'high-walled, fan-shaped artificial island' that is the Japanese Empire's single port and sole window to the world. It is also the farthest-flung outpost of the powerful Dutch East Indies Company. To this place of superstition and swamp fever, crocodiles and courtesans, earthquakes and typhoons, comes Jacob de Zoet. The young, devout and ambitious clerk must spend five years in the East to earn enough money to deserve the hand of his wealthy fiancée. But Jacob's intentions are shifted, his character shaken and his soul stirred when he meets Orito Aibagawa, the beautiful and scarred daughter of a Samurai, midwife to the island''s powerful magistrate. In this world where East and West are linked by one bridge, Jacob sees the gaps shrink between pleasure and piety, propriety and profit. Magnificently written, a superb mix of historical research and heedless imagination, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet is a big and unforgettable book that will be read for years to come."
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