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Shogun (1975)

by James Clavell

Series: The Asian Saga (1)

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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 a mighty saga of a time and place aflame with conflict, passion, ambition, lust and the struggle for power.
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    The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell (CGlanovsky, PghDragonMan)
    CGlanovsky: A westerner in Japan.
    PghDragonMan: The best, and worst, of feudal Japan through the eyes of a foreigner.
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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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    The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas père (ShaneTierney)
  4. 20
    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)
    Cecrow: Samurai William is a non-fiction work that relates the true story and facts upon which the novel Shogun is based.
  6. 43
    Across the Nightingale Floor by Lian Hearn (leahsimone)
  7. 10
    The Tokaido Road: A Novel of Feudal Japan by Lucia St. Clair Robson (guurtjesboekenkast)
  8. 11
    Under Heaven by Guy Gavriel Kay (ajwseven)
  9. 00
    Silence by Shūsaku Endō (soylentgreen23)
    soylentgreen23: Although not from the same period exactly, Endo's 'Silence' is another great book about the incursion into Japan of foreign culture, this time in the form of the Christian Church, and what happened in Japan when that religion was suddenly rejected by the ruling class.… (more)
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Overall this is an incredible story. Even though it takes 1300 pages for the author to tell us that all Toranaga wanted was a friend. Great history blended with heated emotions, loss, betrayal and lots of daring do. ( )
  Joe73 | Apr 26, 2021 |
Is it fair for me to rate this book? I read it 20 or more years ago... But I still remember passages of it, so the 4 stars... ( )
  RosanaDR | Apr 15, 2021 |
Az öcsém kapta a könyvet még gyerekkorunkban, de nekem lett kedvenc nyári olvasmányom. Színes, érdekes világ, más kultúra, más kor, amivel a lapokon keresztül meg lehetett ismerkedni – még jóval az internet kora előtt… Megbillentette bennem az európai felsőség/elsőségtudatot. ( )
  gjudit8 | Aug 3, 2020 |
Blackthorne is a ship's pilot in the 15th or 16th century. He finds a way to Japan through Portuguese rutters. He makes a considerable influence on many Japanese and vice versa throughout. An extremely long novel that took me about a year to finish reading. ( )
  niquetteb | May 19, 2020 |
The japanese names were confusing in the beginning and therr was a bit much killing going in for my taste. But engaging and epic story. ( )
  kakadoo202 | May 31, 2019 |
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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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