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Musashi Hardcover – May 15, 1995
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"... A stirring saga ... not only for readers interested in Japan but also for those who simply want a rousing read." -Washington Post
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The second thing I thoroughly enjoyed about the book was the translation. The way the story flows, the vocabulary used as well as the dialogues are very well rendered to the point where I was actually believing the text to be written originally in English. There's also quite a lot of light-hearted, downright comical dialogues, which give the story a lighter tone despite the somber aspect and seriousness of the background story. I actually wonder if this is the work of the translator (by the mere fact that eastern languages are not always easy to transpose into western ones) or if Eiji Yoshikawa himself inserted those funny passages. In any case, this novel was a hidden gem that I would highly recommend to anyone looking for brilliant historical fiction or simply who wants to learn more about Japanese culture during the Edo period.
If the katana is the soul of the samurai, should he let it get tainted by blood? This book raise those kind of question and more. Truly an epic tale both inside and out, a book truly about romance, like in the old medieval romances, with a knight all to human and imperfect, striving for his betterment as a human being. Plus there own spark of romantic love.
Fight to remember and powerful phrases you might find if you dare to read this masterpiece
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