Jacob de Zoet is a clerk with the Dutch East India Trading Company who voyages to Japan in the late 18th Century. There he falls in love with Orito, a midwife with a horrible burn on one side of her face, but whom he finds beautiful nonetheless.
However, relationships between foreigners are frowned upon, and there are others higher up in Nagasaki society who have plans of their own for Orito. This novel is absolutely fascinating in its level of historical detail.
By: Calvin Scholtz, Wordsworth Longbeach