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The Samurai Banner of Furin Kazan (1959)

by Yasushi Inoue

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This is a difficult book to rate because the language is quite stilted, perhaps a fairly literal translation from the Japanese, but the story and the history are fascinating and once I got accustomed to the language it was difficult to put down.

The story is one of an advisor and samurai, Kansuke, to a young warlord, Takeda Shingen, during the time in Japan's history prior to unification. The book covers the time frame 1540 to 1560 and is a work of historical fiction. Most of the characters are real people and events, particularly the battles, actually happened. As with all heroes, Shingen has his weaknesses and as with many similar figures, real and fictional, his weakness is women. I found the most interesting parts of the story to be the old bachelor, Kansuke, trying to negotiate his way between Shingen, two princesses, and a wife unable to tell who is telling him the truth while trying to protect the bests interests of the Takeda line. I'm sure any movie made in Japan would use these encounters for mild comic relief.

Riley helpfully includes footnotes, maps, a genealogy, and timeline. ( )
  Maya47Bob46 | May 30, 2014 |
This is a dramatic story filled with intense action. ( )
  methodz1218 | Dec 16, 2009 |
Inoue is well known for his historical novels and this one does not disappoint. Covering the same period of time and several of the same characters as Kurosawa's Kagemusha, Inoue focuses the story of one of Takeda Shingen's senior retainers. Full of several sweeping battles, the story is really one of political intrigue, of loyalty. and honor. ( )
  kewing | May 23, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0804837015, Paperback)

Originally published in Japanese in 1959, this classic novel by Yasushi Inoue takes place during the Japanese Warring Era (1467-1573)-a time when Japan was ruled by three young powerful warlords: Takeda Shingen, Iwagawa Yoshimoto, and Hojo Ujiyasu. The story focuses on Takeda Shingen and his one-eyed, crippled strategist, Yamamoto Kansuke. The brilliant strategies of Kansuke, inspired by his passion for war and his admiration for his enemies' war tactics, are beautifully expressed throughout this book.

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This classic Japanese novel takes place during the Japanese warring era - a time when Japan was ruled by three young powerful warlords. The story follows Takeda Shingen and how he explored and extended his territory through the assistance of his one-eyed, crippled strategist, Yamamoto Kansuke.… (more)

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