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Shogun Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 1986
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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 ›
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If you haven't read this book, you need to drop whatever you're reading and start on this immediately! Read morePublished 2 days ago by Beth Bowling
This is probably my fourth or fifth reading of this magnificent novel. A timeless classic. It gets better with each successive read.Published 6 days ago by K. Reader
I believed I ordered a regular sized hardback and received a trade size book in a library cover. I also ordered it twice trying to get a regular hardback.Published 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
Book lived up to the hype. I will make this short and sweet, if you want to experience feudal Japanese culture, much of which still exists today, read this bookPublished 15 days ago by Jordan
I last read it 20 years ago- Still wonderful and I was sorry to have the book end (again).Published 17 days ago by Ed
One of my personal favourites! A must-read for everyone that is into adventurous stories. Plenty to learn about the far easterners' way of life.Published 19 days ago by Philip Kirilov