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Shogun (The Asian Saga Chronology) Paperback – May 19, 2009
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"Superbly crafted. . .grips the reader like a riptide. . .gets the juices flowing!"--Washington Star.
"Exciting, totally absorbing. . .be prepared for late nights, meals unlasting, buisness unattended. . ."--Philadelphia Inquirer.
"Adventure and action, the suspense of danger, shocking, touching human relationships. . .a climactic human story."--Los Angeles Times. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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And it is his portrait of the Japanese, his lovingly detailed characterizations of Toranaga, Mariko, Omi and their deeply intertwined interactions with the English pilot Blackthorne that defines and breathes life into this breathtakingly large and complex story of love, war, and political intrigue. And these characters are not static. Each grows and changes as events unfold, most especially Blackthorne himself, growing from a totally self-centered 'barbarian' of unclean habits to a person who can appreciate the beauty, intelligence, and moral rectitude of others, who comes to care deeply for those around him, who comes to understand a philosophy of life totally different from that of his own culture. The reader will eventually take each of these characters into his heart, will live right along with them and their problems, cares, successes, and failures, until they are almost more real than the mundane world the reader inhabits.
Is this book totally historically accurate? No, but it doesn't really need to be.Read more ›
For some reason this statement, made by Japanese christen monk perfectly sums up the awesome book that is shogun. I don't mean awesome in the sense of "dude, that was awesome", I mean it in the sense that this book is awe inspiring, mind blowing and devastatingly emotional and good.
This is a book about a man named John Blackthorn, English pilot of the Dutch ship Erasmus who was washed ashore with what was left of his crew in the small Japanese village of Anjiro. His tale is amazing, for Blackthorn will become the man who brings Japan into the 17th century, introduces them to guns, and totally decimates the Portuguese Jesuit hold over Japan. None of this sounds good of course, but that's because this book isn't really about Blackthorn.
I've always avoided Asian fiction and history, so I have no idea how accurate this book is. But, even if it's all total hooey, this book is amazing. It brings to life the Japan of flying cherry petals, green bamboo, samurai honor and wild mountain peaks. This is a book about honor and love and crossing cultural boundaries. It's a book about duty and karma and everything that is noble in life.
Written in the style of Michener, only with more emotion, I can only say that this is one of the best books I have ever read. It's so good in fact, that I don't think I can ever read it again.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book's name should give the reader the key for the story. It is not a book about the English pilot, nor about his Japanese lover. It is a story about a Japanese Lord, Toranaga. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Marçal Justen Filho
One of my favorites. Epic historical fiction. Anyone with an interest in Japanese culture (especially Samurai culture) should take a shot at this book. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Ben Hunter
Nice adventure story with some interesting information on Japanese culture. Although the story remained entertaining, it could have been a bit faster.Published 3 days ago by Roeland
I've read this book over and over; enjoying it countless times. It has the wonderful ability to be "opened" anywhere and magically cast its spell. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Historian
This novel is compelling - riveting plot, fascinating, well developed characters. One of those books that will keep you reading late into the night. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Alex Doyle
A compelling read, and acute insight on a culture hidden for centuries. It was also refreshing to have a novel that celebrates the inclusion of women as equals - as much as can be... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Dana M. Starr
One of the best books I've ever read. Very well written, very interesting characters, and a very well thought out story line. My only negative is that the story came to an end. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Stephen F.
I bought this book so I read on a trip to Korea and Japan. Little did I realize that this books observations about Japanese life, order, class, honor and duty would deeply impact... Read morePublished 15 days ago by J Lopez