"If any readers have doubted that David Mitchell is phenomenally talented and capable of vaulting wonders on the page, they have been heretofore silent. Mitchell is almost universally acknowledged as the real deal. His best-known book Cloud Atlas is one of those how-the-holy-hell-did-he-do-it? modern classics that no doubt is -- and should be -- read by any student of contemporary fiction...[The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet] confirms Mitchell as one of the more fascinating and fearless writers alive."
"By any standards, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet is a formidable marvel."
"Mitchell's rightly been hailed as a virtuoso genius for his genre-bending, fiercely intelligent novels ... The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet is a dense and satisfying historical with literary brawn and stylistic panache."
"It's as difficult to put this novel down as it is to overestimate Mitchell's virtually unparalleled mastery of dramatic construction, illuminating characterizations and insight into historical conflict and change. Comparisons to Tolstoy are inevitable, and right on the money."
"Very few people can write novels as ambitious and crowd-pleasing as David Mitchell's. In what might be his boldest book yet, the author of Cloud Atlas delivers a historical epic about a Dutch accountant's adventures in feudal Japan."
"Those looking for the summer's big historical novel, look no further,"