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**Con Twomey is revealed to be [[spoiler: actually named Muntervary, an Irish debtor and convict who escaped to Dejima after killing a British officer. His fate is left unstated, but Mitchell's first novel ''Literature/GhostWritten'' prominently features an Irish scientist named Mo Muntervary.]]


This is the fifth novel by {{David Mitchell|Author}}. It was published in 2010 and is a current New York Times Hardcover Bestseller. Well worth reading.

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This is the fifth novel by {{David Creator/{{David Mitchell|Author}}. It was published in 2010 and is a current New York Times Hardcover Bestseller. Well worth reading.


This is the fifth novel by David Mitchell, author of ''Literature/CloudAtlas'' and ''Literature/TheBoneClocks''. It was published in 2010 and is a current New York Times Hardcover Bestseller. Well worth reading.

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This is the fifth novel by David Mitchell, author of ''Literature/CloudAtlas'' and ''Literature/TheBoneClocks''.{{David Mitchell|Author}}. It was published in 2010 and is a current New York Times Hardcover Bestseller. Well worth reading.


** Marinus also appears in Mitchell's follow up, ''Literature/TheBoneClocks'' [[spoiler:where it is revealed that he is an immortal that is reincarnated into new bodies after death]]

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** Marinus also appears in Mitchell's follow up, ''Literature/TheBoneClocks'' [[spoiler:where it is revealed that he is an immortal that is reincarnated into new bodies after death]] death. Marinus also lets drop in that book that he once encountered a mysterious monk in Nagasaki who was found to be using a rudimentary [[SoulEating psycho-decanter]]. It's similar to the Chapel of the Dusk of the Blind Cathar, but ''far'' less dangerous.]]


* ChristianityInJapan: forbidden in Japan at the time, all the Dutch have to surrender their bibles, crosses, and other Christian aritfacts before they set foot on Dejima. Jacob manages to hide his psalter, a fact that becomes important later on in the book


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* UsefulNotes/JapaneseChristian: forbidden in Japan at the time, all the Dutch have to surrender their bibles, crosses, and other Christian aritfacts before they set foot on Dejima. Jacob manages to hide his psalter, a fact that becomes important later on in the book


%%* AllAsiansAreAlike: Completely subverted by the narrative, but the more ignorant white characters tend to view them this way


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%%* IdenticalLookingAsians: Completely subverted by the narrative, but the more ignorant white characters tend to view them this way.


* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: The ''Phoebus'' arc of the British ship under Captain John Penhaligon is clearly based on the ''HMS Phaeton'' Incident in Nagasaki harbor in 1808, though certain differences are clear. The main parts, that a British ship arrives in Nagasaki under Dutch flag, captures representatives of the Dutch, and unsuccessfully tries to bargain with the Japanese and Dutch before [[spoiler: leaving without combat, followed by the suicide of the Nagasaki magistrate]], are unchanged. THe primary differences are the character of the British captain: The real captain Fleetwood Pellew was actually an 18 year old blood knight with a power career, while the captain from the novel is an old tired man, primarily concerned with his retirement. De Zoet is however clearly based on Hendrik Doeff, the Dutch commander at the time of the incident, and the Japanese faces similar problems with lack of preparation on understaffing, though [[spoiler: the novel provides a different reason for the magistrates suicide.]] Also, the British never bombed Dejima in real life, and was not itnerested in negotiating with the Japanese for trade relations, but merely plundering Dutch ships in the harbor.

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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: The ''Phoebus'' arc of the British ship under Captain John Penhaligon is clearly based on the ''HMS Phaeton'' Incident in Nagasaki harbor in 1808, though certain differences are clear. The main parts, that a British ship arrives in Nagasaki under Dutch flag, captures representatives of the Dutch, and unsuccessfully tries to bargain with the Japanese and Dutch before [[spoiler: leaving without combat, followed by the suicide of the Nagasaki magistrate]], are unchanged. THe The primary differences are the character of the British captain: The real captain Fleetwood Pellew was actually an 18 year old blood knight with a power career, while the captain from the novel is an old tired man, primarily concerned with his retirement. De Zoet is however clearly based on Hendrik Doeff, the Dutch commander at the time of the incident, and the Japanese faces similar problems with lack of preparation on understaffing, though [[spoiler: the novel provides a different reason for the magistrates suicide.]] Also, the British never bombed Dejima in real life, and was not itnerested in negotiating with the Japanese for trade relations, but merely plundering Dutch ships in the harbor.


* ButtMonkey: Jacob, especially in Part 1.

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%% * ButtMonkey: Jacob, especially in Part 1.



* CharacterDevelopment: both Jacob and Orito Aibagawa

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%% * CharacterDevelopment: both Jacob and Orito AibagawaAibagawa.
%% * TheChessmaster: Enomoto.



* [[spoiler: DidNotGetTheGirl]]
* DrJerk: Marinus
* [[spoiler: EatsBabies]]: Yeah, [[spoiler: Enomoto]] is just that evil.

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%% * [[spoiler: DidNotGetTheGirl]]
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* DrJerk: Marinus
* [[spoiler: EatsBabies]]: EatsBabies: Yeah, [[spoiler: Enomoto]] is just that evil.



* [[TheChessmaster The Master of Go]]: Enomoto.



* NotGoodWithPeople: Dr. Marinus
* OutGambitted: [[spoiler: Ogawa]].
* [[spoiler: PeopleFarms]]
* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: Jacob again

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%% * NotGoodWithPeople: Dr. Marinus
%% * OutGambitted: [[spoiler: Ogawa]].
%% * [[spoiler: PeopleFarms]]
PeopleFarms
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* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: Jacob again



* SmugSnake: Peter Fischer

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%% * SmugSnake: Peter Fischer



* TouchOfDeath: [[spoiler: Enomoto]] has the unnerving ability to remove the "ki" from lesser creatures, effectively killing them instantly.

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[[spoiler: Enomoto]] has the unnerving ability to remove the "ki" from lesser creatures, effectively killing them instantly.

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* TitleDrop: In chapter 29, of Mitchell's previous work: "like an atlas of clouds".

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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: The ''Phoebus'' arc of the British ship under Captain John Penhaligon is clearly based on the ''HMS Phaeton'' Incident in Nagasaki harbor in 1808, though certain differences are clear. The main parts, that a British ship arrives in Nagasaki under Dutch flag, captures representatives of the Dutch, and unsuccessfully tries to bargain with the Japanese and Dutch before [[spoiler: leaving without combat, followed by the suicide of the Nagasaki magistrate]], are unchanged. THe primary differences are the character of the British captain: The real captain Fleetwood Pellew was actually an 18 year old blood knight with a power career, while the captain from the novel is an old tired man, primarily concerned with his retirement. De Zoet is however clearly based on Hendrik Doeff, the Dutch commander at the time of the incident, and the Japanese faces similar problems with lack of preparation on understaffing, though [[spoiler: the novel provides a different reason for the magistrates suicide.]] Also, the British never bombed Dejima in real life, and was not itnerested in negotiating with the Japanese for trade relations, but merely plundering Dutch ships in the harbor.

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* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: Enomoto truly believes he is 600 years old himself, and is subtly shown removing the life force from small animals, but since supernatural elements are otherwise absent from the extremely realistic novel, and these are never directly stated to be true by other people than Enomoto - whom is decidedly nuts - the question of the truth in his words remain unanswered.


This is the fifth novel by David Mitchell, author of ''Literature/CloudAtlas''. It was published in 2010 and is a current New York Times Hardcover Bestseller. Well worth reading.

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This is the fifth novel by David Mitchell, author of ''Literature/CloudAtlas''.''Literature/CloudAtlas'' and ''Literature/TheBoneClocks''. It was published in 2010 and is a current New York Times Hardcover Bestseller. Well worth reading.



** Marinus also appears in Mitchell's follow up, [[TheBoneClocks The Bone Clocks]] [[spoiler:where it is revealed that he is an immortal that is reincarnated into new bodies after death]]

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** Marinus also appears in Mitchell's follow up, [[TheBoneClocks The Bone Clocks]] ''Literature/TheBoneClocks'' [[spoiler:where it is revealed that he is an immortal that is reincarnated into new bodies after death]]


** Marinus also appears in Mitchell's follow up, {{The Bone Clocks}} [[spoiler:where it is revealed that he is an immortal that is reincarnated into new bodies after death]]

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** Marinus also appears in Mitchell's follow up, {{The [[TheBoneClocks The Bone Clocks}} Clocks]] [[spoiler:where it is revealed that he is an immortal that is reincarnated into new bodies after death]]


** Marinus also appears in Mitchell's follow up, The Bone Clocks [[spoiler:where it is revealed that he is an immortal that is reincarnated into new bodies after death]]

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** Marinus also appears in Mitchell's follow up, The {{The Bone Clocks Clocks}} [[spoiler:where it is revealed that he is an immortal that is reincarnated into new bodies after death]]

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