As DATo says I think you will love this book & certainly we'll be looking forward to your input & to signing you up as a "Mitchell geek"
Uh oh. The pressure's on.
-- 10 Dec 2012, 17:23 --
I'm on page 300 and really liking it so far. It's a slower read in that the Japanese names and words slow me down, but what a story. I can't wait to go back and read the rest of the comments in this thread when I'm done. I don't want to yet in case there are any spoilers.
-- 16 Dec 2012, 17:26 --***Spoilers***
Finally finished the book. Beautifully written, and I can't imagine the amount of research involved to write it. The characters were rich, and the settings so descriptive. That being said, I was a bit frustrated by the point of view changes. I got so caught up with Jacob, and then suddenly it's Orito's story. And that was great, because, what a story. But then there were more point-of-view changes, including a new character, Captain Penhaligon, introduced as far as page 326 of the book. At this point, it was hard for me to switch gears; I wanted to continue on with the Jacob/Orito story.
Had the book not been so masterfully written, I might not have had the patience to plow through this new storyline of Penhaligon and his crew. But Mitchell did such a fine job drafting Penhaligon--in fact, that may have been his richest character, what with the death of his son and his horrible gout--that my interest to see how it all tied together was maintained.
All in all, an ambitious book that makes a writer envious of such gifted talent. Thanks for pointing me in its direction.