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Comrade Loves of the Samurai (Tuttle Classics) Paperback – April 15, 2007

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Ihari Saikakku (1642-93) was one of the most illustrious writers of Japan's seventeenth century literary revival. Money and love predominates in most of his incomparable stories.
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  • Series: Tuttle Classics
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing (April 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 4805307714
  • ISBN-13: 978-4805307717
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,013,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Donald E. Gilliland on June 11, 2012
Format: Paperback
First warning: this is a VERY short book. The advertised title, "Comrade Loves of the Samurai" accounts for a mere 97 pages. The supplement, "Songs of the Geishas" takes up another 30 pages. Thrown in some illustrations, and notes, and you still only have a grand total of 135 pages. So, for the money, I didn't think this was a very good deal. As described on the back cover, this book covers the history of "alliances" between older samurai and young men, where "in traditional Japan, homosexual love among the samurai was encouraged." You can read about this tradition in James Clavell's "Shogun" and other historical novels about Japan, but that only gives the reader superficial details. Sadly, this book doesn't go into much depth either, focusing too much on tragic relationships that end in death by suicide or some guy lopping off his lover's head. Granted, this is a translation of work from a 17th Century writer, so I wasn't expecting heavy duty erotica or anything. But I feel the publisher could have supplemented this edition with more background on this fascinating subject. This book does have an informative 10-page introduction, but even that works more as a teaser than anything that goes into real depth.
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Unfortunately the Kindle version of this otherwise intriguing book is badly marred by frequent OCR errors, and other technical issues. It really seems as if no one proofread the ebook before release. I have a lot of respect for Tuttle, who publish many hard-to-find titles, but they've done a poor job with this one. Even a brief editorial review would have caught a lot of these mistakes. Too bad.
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