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Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai Hardcover – Deluxe Edition, August 30, 2002
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"A Classic of Japanese thought
a feast of aphorisms and martial anecdotes." -- New York Review of Books
"A fascinating glimpse into another place and time." -- Library Journal
"A guidebook and inspiration for ... anyone interested in achieving a courageous and transcendent understanding of life." -- East West Journal
"HAGAKURE became a kind of magical discovery for me, and hidden under its leaves were some important gifts." -- Jim Jarmusch
"The most influential of all samurai treatises ever written. " -- Prof. Ivan Morris
"Yamamoto brought together three temperaments: loyalty to his master, a literary sensibility, and the enlightenment of Zen." -- Choice
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I could recommend this to serious martial artists who really want to immerse themselves in the "old ways," historians, philosophers.
Some parts of the book will sound exceedingly misogynistic and weird to our ears, but those are the parts you should pay attention to if you deal with the Japanese. Others are rather entertaining, and yet other are off the wall.
In summary, if you are interested in an unfiltered glimpse into the mind of a samurai turned clerk and in getting some insight into the way the Japanese view the world to this day, Hagakure is definitely worth your time!
Also note, as stated in the front of the book, this is not the entire Hagajure, but I am not even sure if there is any full version, at least as far as English translations go. But this has many many quotes and readings for you to enjoy.
If you read the entire thing in one day, you are not reading it correctly or as intended. With these types of books it is wise to read a passage, and sit there and think on what you just read. What it truly means.
All in all, this is a great book, especially for the price! Enjoy!
The reason I'm giving this edition of Hagakure 3 stars instead of 4 or 5 is that it has a lot of typos and translation errors. Adding to that it seems to lack any footnotes to explain the more obscure terms used within the book.
The upside is, of course, the extremely low price. If you can look past the problems I mentioned above you should still have a good time. If anything it might convince you to get one of the more polished editions.
Thank You! A Must Read for Everyone