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Shogun (original) by James Clavell
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Shogun (original) (original 1975; edition 1976)

by James Clavell

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Title:Shogun (original)
Authors:James Clavell
Info:Dell (1976), Edition: 2ND, Mass Market Paperback, 1210 pages
Collections:Your library, Read, Wishlist, Lost
Rating:*****
Tags:$gift, #historical fiction, #fiction, evil, haiku, death, torture, feudalism, discipline, love, skill, places: Japan

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Shogun: A Novel of Japan by James Clavell (1975)

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    Musashi by Eiji Yoshikawa (Jannes)
    Jannes: Musashi has been described as "the japanese answer to Shogun". Similar in that is a long and epic historical nove rife with intrigue, violence and, above all, Samurai warriors, but Mushashi i better researched, less stereotypical and is not as full of jarring errors and inaccuracies as Clavell's novel.… (more)
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    A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin (saturnine13)
    saturnine13: If you like gritty, faux historical fiction, how about another with an asian flavor? Shogun, like A Game of Thrones, concerns the byzantine political intrigues of a multitude of different characters painted in moral shades of grey, generously heaped with gruesome action and heart-breaking romance. While Shogun lacks dragons, it does have the added interest of being mostly based upon real events and people.… (more)
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    Samurai William: The Englishman Who Opened Japan by Giles Milton (Cecrow)
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The Dutch ship, The Eramus, is shipwrecked off the coast of Japan and the Captain, John Blackthorne, and his crew are taken captive. While captive Blackthorne encounters the Jesuits who are anything but Christlike, and various war-lords and samurai on the verge of a great war. Blackthorne saves Lord Toranaga's life more than once and is awarded the title Samurai and also awarded 200 Samurai of his own. Thoughout the story Blackthorne loves and loses and is betrayed many times. Finally, when Blackthorne is "given" his freedom, he finds out that his ship has been burned and he and his crew are "stranded" in Japan. The book is violent, bloody, gory, and beautiful at the same time. This is the story of the rich, famous, and elite. Even at that, women are just a commodity and have no value. Feudal Japanese politics were very difficult to grasp. The writing and the actions were abrupt--perhaps that is the only reason it can be read with some ease? As the story line goes, it was superb in 1980+ and just as good in 2016. 1192 pages, 5 stars ( )
  tess_schoolmarm | Jan 10, 2017 |
I loved the world this novel brought me into. I kept having to re-read portions to keep up with the political/strategy details. I attempted the audiobook version twice before giving up and getting the paperback instead. Not only is the plot too thick to follow well in audio, but the reader was quite poor. ( )
  JPOfamily | Jan 7, 2017 |
a dutch sailing crew with an english pilot are shipwrecked in Japan. Follows the pilot as he goes from captive to honored samurai. Around the time of Elizabeth I. Politics within Japan itself, Catholicism and Protestantism, and just plain human beings being human beings.

I enjoyed this, but considering it is fiction, have to wonder how accurate the portrayal of Japanese culture is. ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
This is perhaps the third or fourth time I've read this book but the first time in at least 10 years. I have always enjoyed it and have enjoyed several of Clavell's other books - especially Taipan and Noble House. In the summer, I like to read something just for fun. Now, back to work! ( )
  Luke_Brown | Sep 10, 2016 |
Absolutely amazing book that really submerges you into Japanese samurai culture where it doesn't feel like you are reading about it, but experiencing it. It is written really well, with vivid descriptions and incredible realistic characters. It very much is a discovery book, where an English man experiences Japan for the first time and gets thrown head first into their culture. It also encompasses romance, action, suspense, political intrigue, and history. For a very long book, there wasn't a single spot that I was bored. The story kept moving and when it ended, I only wanted more. The amazing thing is that you really feel for each character. You get to know them really well and sympathize even the ones that have the less agreeable intentions. All around a fantastic book. ( )
  renbedell | Jul 18, 2016 |
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An dieser Stelle
möchte ich all jenen - Toten wie Lebenden - danken,
die mir, in Asien wie in Europa, geholfen haben,
diesen Roman möglich zu machen.

Lookout Mountains, Kalifornien
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For two seafarers, Captains, Royal Navy, who loved their ships more than their women - as was expected of them.
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The gale tore at him and he felt its bite deep within and he knew that if they did not make landfall in three days they would all be dead.
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A bold English adventurer. An invincible Japanese warlord. A beautiful woman torn between two ways of life, two ways of love. All brought together in an extraordinary saga of a time and a place aflame with conflict, passion, ambition, lust, and the struggle for power...

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After John Blackthorne shipwrecks in Japan, he makes himself useful to a feudal lord in a power struggle with another and becomes a samurai.

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