A bold English adventuer. An invincible Japanese warlord. A beautiful woman torn between two ways of life, two ways of love. All brought together in a mighty. Librarian’s note: An alternate cover edition can be found here. A bold English adventurer. An invincible Japanese warlord. A beautiful woman torn between two . The Shogun novels were written by James Clavell who had been a prisoner of . The main character is John Blackthorne, an English pilot of a dutch ship who is.

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Lord Toranaga modeled from 16th century shogun Tokugawa leyasu is an encyclopedia of leadership, strategy and the art of living in a destined job. Speaking of which, I have to mention that I feel like I know a million times more about feudal Japan after claell this book than I did before. I still remember the impact of the TV series. View all 3 comments.

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The author knew Asia and Japan well and describes feudal Japan in wonderful detail. A major best-seller, by the book had sold 15 million copies worldwide. Today, he isn’t significantly better off than when he started. Kildareso I had to watch the made for TV movie after completing the book.

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Duty-bound and honor-bound, she finds a way to have her cake and eat it too. Goodreads helps engllish keep track of books you want to read. Noble House James Clavell.

Shogun : A Novel of Japan

The English words that she could not pronounce were substituted or overdubbed in post-production. The events take place in Japan! But later I found him excellent. I feel so enriched by so many things I’ve learned about Japan and its history that Clavell so well documented and even if I was intereste This is one of the books I don’t know how I’ve lived without having read it. I have no idea how much is true, but it is all completely believable and plausible, without feeling like I’ve just read a textbook.

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A turning point is Blackthorne’s attempt at seppuku upon finding out that Yabu has threatened the peasants with death if Blackthorne does not learn Japanese within six months.

His characters were some that I felt like I knew, or was getting to know. The heir to the Taiko Regent is too young to rule, and the most powerful five overlords of the land hold power as a Council of Regents.

Shōgun (Asian Saga, #1) by James Clavell

Here they will encounter the Jesuit Spanish and Portuguese priests who want to Christianize the whole country and the Japanese daimyo and samurai who are preparing for war. As for the broader scope, it seemed to me Clavell took great pains to show the strength of women in the Japanese culture.

I like a good adventure story, I also like a good solid novel with engaging characters and a unique narrative: This book had the political maneuvering and fight scenes reminiscent of Game of Thrones and the wide ranging narrative and historical context of Under Heaven. Cllavell didn’t make him rich. I feel so enriched by so many things I’ve learned about Japan and its history that Clavell so well documented and even if I was interested in it before, my hunger is even bigger now.

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This is one of these books… There are some books that may influence your life and the way you think. Toranaga orders Yabu — who he learns had helped the attack in Osaka with the aim of being on the winning side — to commit seppuku for his treachery. Adams is portrayed as sexually frustrated by the morals of his time and seeks freedom in the East, where he has numerous encounters. This book is the standard white male fantasy. If you compare the TV series with the novel there are obvious shortcomings.

So far this book has been one giant Orientalism fetish, and I cannot believe I’ve wasted all these hours reading it. They wanted wealth, minerals and raw products for their factories and their jxmes.

Dec 28, James McAllister rated it it was amazing Shelves: Blackthorne’s transformation from brute to sensitive soul seems to come in service of immediate dramatic requirements, rather than kames. I chose my timing poorly with this book, deciding to read it right before leaving for a major vacation, which meant that I had little to no time to read.

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I liked his voice for women. Shogun was such an experience reading just for the sheer pleasure of a great read. Historical fiction based on actual leaders in Japan. If you liked this, you’ll love Tai-Pan. They spread Christianity and some of our leaders were converted to Christianity.