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Musashi (original 1935; edition 1984)

by Eiji Yoshikawa, Charles Terry (Translator)

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Title:Musashi
Authors:Eiji Yoshikawa
Other authors:Charles Terry (Translator)
Info:Kodansha USA (2012), Hardcover, 984 pages
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Rating:*****
Tags:adventure, japan, historical fiction

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An epic story of one man's transformation from unruly scumbag to a samurai that has total mastery of his sword, this book also provides insight into Japan and its culture. Yoshikawa also gives us good guys that aren't always good and bad guys that are not all bad. This is a very entertaining journey into feudal Japan. ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
Instant classic.

After I finished reading the book, I was wondering if 970 pages were enough to tell Musashi's tale. In spite of the well-fitting ending, I must say that I wouldn't complain if there was more of the story. Musashi's saga is told with lots of details, but still kept very quick to read. And it tells not only of his own story, but also the story of the people who had their lives affected by him, for good or for worse.

Unlike several other books I read before, the chapters do not end "in the best part" so that the reader gets curious and the story lasts longer. In each chapter (and in each of the books within this book) a story begins and ends, so you won't get caught in anxiety to see what's about to happen with any of the characters.

One thing that I absolutely loved in this book: the description of several aspects of the Japanese culture. I only missed a tea cerimony description, but other than this, all the main characteristics of Japan post-Sekigahara war were vividly described.

Highly recommended! ( )
  aryadeschain | Aug 26, 2014 |
Avrei tanto voluto dare il punteggio massimo a Musashi, ma alla lunga le sfide e i combattimenti risultano un po' ripetitivi, ma ho incontrato personaggi meravigliosi, paesaggi maestosi e ho intravisto le tracce di una tradizione pressoché aliena.. È stato un bel viaggio! ( )
  Manua | Apr 10, 2014 |
La burrascosa vita di Musashi è dipinta in maniera sublime da Yoshikawa Eiji. Il romanzo, originariamente pubblicato a episodi sul quotidiano giapponese Asahi Shinbun tra il 1935 e il 1939, narra le gesta di questo famoso guerriero dalla sua giovinezza sino alla piena maturità.
Stile scorrevole, storie accattivanti, azione, amore sofferto: in questo libro c'è di tutto e questo tutto è scritto talmente bene che, nonostante si tratti di quasi 850 pagine, leggere non costa alcuna fatica, anzi. Un libro consigliatissimo.Da questa opera è stata anche tratta la serie manga "Vagabond" di Inoue Takehiko. ( )
  Tonari | May 19, 2013 |
A very weighty historical novel about samurai. I thought I'd like this a lot more than I did. I might try again later. ( )
  HadriantheBlind | Mar 30, 2013 |
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Eiji Yoshikawaprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Terry, Charles S.Translatormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Karlsson, SuneTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Reischauer, Edwin O.Forewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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""E depois de tudo, céu e terra aí estão, como se nada tivesse acontecido. A esta altura, a vida e as ações de um homem têm o peso de uma folha seca no meio da ventania... Ora, que vá tudo para o inferno!", pensou Takezo."
Takezō lay among the corpses. There were thousands of them.
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That's what's extraordinary about him. He's not content with relying on whatever natural gifts he may have. Knowing he's ordinary, he's always trying to improve himself. No one appreciates the agonizing effort he's had to make. Now that his years of training have yielded such spectacular results, everybody's talking about his 'god-given talent.' That's how men who don't try very hard comfort themselves.
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L'intégralité de la série est parue sous la forme de sept livres nommés : Terre, Eau, Feu, Vent, Ciel, Soleil et Lune, La parfaite Lumière.
La Pierre et le Sabre est le nom du premier tome de l'édition francophone regroupant les quatre premiers livres.
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When a Zen priest saves Musashi after the Battle of Sekigahara and confines him in solitude to train and discipline his mind and spirit, Musashi attempts to become the greatest samurai in Japan.

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Musashi Miyamoto fights in 1600 for the losing side of the battle at Sekigahara when the Tokugawa Shogunate begins its reign.This epic recounts the life and times of medieval Japan's greatest swordsman--a man who began life as an over-eager lout but turned himself into a master of his chosen weapon. But his life was spent not only in training to perfect the art of killing, but also in a quest to conquer himself. Unable to settle down, Musashi embarks on the life of a ronin (masterless samurai) as he wends his way through the feudal world of medieval Japan in his search for perfection. In the process he finds a young woman who loves him and many enemies who seek his destruction, including the most feared swordsman of all. The book teems with memorable characters, many of them historical. Interweaving themes of unrequited love, misguided revenge, filial piety and dedication to the Way of the Samurai, it depicts vividly a world Westerners know only vaguely.… (more)

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