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The Forty-Seven Ronin Story by John Allyn

The Forty-Seven Ronin Story (1970)

by John Allyn

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An interesting read. If anyone can recommend the best movies based on the tale of the {book:47 Ronin story] I would be curious to see the story as a film. ( )
  nkmunn | Nov 19, 2010 |
John Allyn’s The 47 Ronin Story is the reworking of a celebrated Japanese samurai tale, perhaps based on actual history whereby a group of loyal Samurai planned and carried out their revenge on the man who they blamed for the execution of their own master.

Samurai was the highest ranking a warrior could attain in feudal Japan and to be a Samurai one must be in service to one of the noble families. If something happened to that connection, then the Samurai became Ronin, and could not consider themselves men of honor until they found a new connection. Of course, if your master was killed, you were expected to exact revenge.

The main character, Oishi, is the chief retainer under Lord Asano, and it is his duty to hold the Ronin together and figure out how they would take their revenge. Although many of the Ronin wanted to fight right away, Oishi felt the honourable thing to do was first secure the safety of his Lord’s family, and wait for the best opportunity to destroy his Lord’s enemy.

A fascinating story, seeped in the rich Japanese culture, The 47 Ronin Story is a classic tale of honor and revenge. This story illustrates the importance of the Samurai code of honor, Bushido. John Allyn’s version appears to remain faithful to the story that is much honoured in Japan with it’s lessons in loyalty, sacrifice, honor and persistence. An original and stirring rendition. ( )
1 vote DeltaQueen50 | Oct 16, 2010 |
I really liked this book. There are certainly many versions of this story, but I think this book has made a great effort to keep things simple and as accurate to the facts as can be.

Anyone interested in Japanese history, culture, or the samurai should try reading this book first. Great story, easy to read, and you can get a sense of how times past in Japan was like ( )
  Gamble-san | Sep 14, 2009 |
It took me some time to read this book – to be honest, I have finished it from the third run – I was just taken down by the first few chapters were background for the story was given. After that story becomes more interesting and reads very fast.

After their lord is tricked to use force in Shogun’s court and after he was expediently executed (as per law), lord Asano’s samurais find themselves without master and noble house to serve. In the world where there is distinct difference between nobility and commoners (especially visible during the theater performance where samurais just cant believe that common folk can comprehend their ideals) ending up as ronin (masterless samurai) is great embarrassment.

After their petitions for justice are turned down, this brave group decides to take the ultimate step – avenge their late master by taking down the man who brought him (and themselves) demise. They know that at the end they will face nothing else but death but they do not falter – they are ready to follow their ideals to the very end. They start to prepare for their revenge by weaving the masterful plan of deception in order to put their enemies at ease.

This is interesting story from time that seems to be lost now – time when ideals were worth fighting for. It provides great descriptions of human nature and relations (especially how the numbers of eager warriors dwindled by time).

Recommended. ( )
  Zare | Aug 12, 2009 |
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Japan underwent tumultuous changes in the eighteenth century. The merchant class was rising in power, and the privileges of the professional warriors, or "samurai", were disappearing.
The 47 Ronin Story is the classic story of Lord Asano of Ako and one of the bloodiest vendettas in Japan's feudal history. In 1701 in Edo, Japan, Lord Asano of Ako lashed out at a corrupt court official and set in motion a chain of events that shocked the country and brought the Shogun himself to a legal and moral impasse. When it was over, there emerged the most unlikely set of heroes-the forty-seven ronin, or "ex-samurai", of Ako.

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47 Ronin is the unforgettable tale of a band of samurai who defied the Emperor to avenge the disgrace and death of their master, and faced certain death as a result. This set off a chain of events that led to one of the bloodiest episodes in Japanese history. In the process, it also created a new set of heroes in Japan.]In 1701, young Lord Asano is goaded into attacking a corrupt official at the Japanese Court. Although the wound Asano inflicts is minimal, the Emperor's punishment is harsh--Lord Asano is ordered to commit seppuku, or ritual suicide. His lands are confiscated and his family is.… (more)

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