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Musashi: An Epic Novel of the Samurai Era Kindle Edition
Miyamoto Musashi was the child of an era when Japan was emerging from decades of civil strife. Lured to the great Battle of Sekigahara in 1600 by the hope of becoming a samurai--without really knowing what it meant--he regains consciousness after the battle to find himself lying defeated, dazed and wounded among thousands of the dead and dying. On his way home, he commits a rash act, becomes a fugitive and brings life in his own village to a standstill--until he is captured by a weaponless Zen monk.
The lovely Otsu, seeing in Musashi her ideal of manliness, frees him from his tortuous punishment, but he is recaptured and imprisoned. During three years of solitary confinement, he delves into the classics of Japan and China. When he is set free again, he rejects the position of samurai and for the next several years pursues his goal relentlessly, looking neither to left nor to right.
Ever so slowly it dawns on him that following the Way of the Sword is not simply a matter of finding a target for his brute strength. Continually striving to perfect his technique, which leads him to a unique style of fighting with two swords simultaneously, he travels far and wide, challenging fighters of many disciplines, taking nature to be his ultimate and severest teacher and undergoing the rigorous training of those who follow the Way. He is supremely successful in his encounters, but in the Art of War he perceives the way of peaceful and prosperous governance and disciplines himself to be a real human being.
He becomes a reluctant hero to a host of people whose lives he has touched and been touched by. And, inevitably, he has to pit his skill against the naked blade of his greatest rival.
Musashi is a novel in the best tradition of Japanese story telling. It is a living story, subtle and imaginative, teeming with memorable characters, many of them historical. Interweaving themes of unrequited love, misguided revenge, filial piety and absolute dedication to the Way of the Samurai, it depicts vividly a world Westerners know only vaguely. Full of gusto and humor, it has an epic quality and universal appeal.
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A captivating work.-- "Atlantic Journal-Constitution"
A stirring saga and one that will prove popular not only for readers interested in Japan.-- "Washington Post Book World"
Dramatic and exciting.-- "Philadelphia Bulletin"
Listeners will be enthralled by this classic tale of feuding samurai locked in battle. Narrator Brian Nishii's performance is epic, giving life to the novel's sprawling cast of characters...Yoshikawa's imagery is steeped in historical Japanese environs, which alone make this immersive audiobook captivating. Nishii's tone is often playful and fun yet provides the necessary gravitas to carry listeners through this long, rewarding adventure set in ancient Japan.-- "AudioFile"
The Gone with the Wind of Japan.-- "Edwin O. Reischauer, former United States ambassador to Japan" --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
About the Author
Eiji Yoshikawa (1892-1962) was a Japanese historical novelist. Among his best-known novels, most are revisions of older classics. He was mainly influenced by classics such as The Tale of the Heike, Tale of Genji, Outlaws of the Marsh, and Romance of the Three Kingdoms, many of which he retold in his own style. He was awarded the Cultural Order of Merit in 1960, the Order of the Sacred Treasure, and the Mainichi Art Award just before his death from cancer in 1962. He is cited as one of the best historical novelists in Japan.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B00CD428BU
- Publisher : Kodansha International; 1st edition (August 10, 2012)
- Publication date : August 10, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 2036 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 984 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #47,054 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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By Kevin on November 17, 2018
The second thing I thoroughly enjoyed about the book was the translation. The way the story flows, the vocabulary used as well as the dialogues are very well rendered to the point where I was actually believing the text to be written originally in English. There's also quite a lot of light-hearted, downright comical dialogues, which give the story a lighter tone despite the somber aspect and seriousness of the background story. I actually wonder if this is the work of the translator (by the mere fact that eastern languages are not always easy to transpose into western ones) or if Eiji Yoshikawa himself inserted those funny passages. In any case, this novel was a hidden gem that I would highly recommend to anyone looking for brilliant historical fiction or simply who wants to learn more about Japanese culture during the Edo period.
Really...I love this book. I'm going to make my kids read this book. I'm giving it out as Christmas gifts. It's a book I know I'll be reading again, over and over, for a very long time.
I made it a goal to finish the book. I wanted to hurry, read through it and just finish the book. Page after page of reading I was hooked. It became a huge part of my life. I read it morning, midday, and night. The story of Musashi was so well written in this book, it was hard to put down. When I came to the end of the book, I was happy I completed one of the greatest novels ever written. Days later I was sad the journey was over. I wanted to finish the book so bad, when I did, I was sad the amazing story was over. I will be reading this book over and over, throughout my life.
I didn't give detail on the story, so I wont take away anything form the book until you read it. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book to your collection. I believe everyone should add this book to their collection. A MUST READ for everyone!