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Short notes on my travels through the Universe of Books. 

Serious reads

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet - David Mitchell The Magus - John Fowles

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet - It was my first encounter with David Mitchell although I have seen and loved the movie "Cloud Atlas" (I definitely have to read this novel). I can`t compare if Thousand Autumns is better or worse than Cloud Atlas, but I enjoyed it a lot. Writing style is quite laconic, but deep, because Mitchell has the talent to draw pictures in reader`s mind with few short sentences. It`s not an easy read, but I felt enthralled and intrigued all the time. Besides the plot deals with interesting and poorly known historical circumstances - European merchants in closed Japan. I would recommend this book to those who seek a serious historical novel with adventures. 4.5 stars

 

The Magus - I`m so happy I got this novel for last Christmas. I fell in love with it and can`t get it out of my mind. Fowles deals with so many moral and philosophical questions that it`s hard to explain this novel without giving away too much. Besides I`m not sure I understood everything he wanted to say. I wasn`t happy with parts about Nicholas and Alison`s relationship but these parts are important for the plot and everything that happens with Nicholas in Greece. I just didn`t want the Greece period to end. Definitely gonna re-read The Magus one day. 5 stars