|Musashi by Eiji Yoshikawa (1995, Hardcover) : Eiji Yoshikawa (1995)|
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The classic samurai novel about the real exploits of the most famous swordsman. 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 inMusashiher 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. Musashiis 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. The novel was made into a three-part movie by Director Hiroshi Inagai. For more information, visit the Shopping area.
This work tells of the legendary samurai who was the greatest swordsman ofll time.
|Number Of Pages||984 pages|
|Publisher||Kodansha America, Incorporated|
|Number of Volumes||1 vol.|
|Foreword by||Edwin O. Reischauer|
|Translated by||Charles S. Terry|
Average review score based on 4 user reviews
I'm a huge lover of Japan. It's a personal hobby of mine to learn about the culture, history, and language of the Japanese people. So when I discovered a novel centering around the historic exploits of one of Japan's most famous samurai, I naturally had to buy it.
I was NOT disappointed. Musashi is a wonderfully written historical fiction novel that tells the story of Miyamoto Musashi, the same samurai who wrote The Book of Five Rings. Eiji Yoshikawa threads a wonderful line that will keep you engaged from beginning to end. If it weren't for college, I'd never would have put it down! And even then it was hard...(Study? Book? Study? Book...? ARGH!!!)
If you like or even have the slightest interest in Japan or samurai, you must read this book! If you're NOT into Japan or samurai, READ THIS BOOK!!! Not only is the plot line riveting, but the characters are engaging, the scenes captivating, and the action...well, let's just say if this were made into a movie, it would probably resemble something like a mix of Kill Bill, Saving Private Ryan, and Lord of the Rings.
Musashi is a story for the ages and has lasted as long. If you read it, you will not be disappointed. Don't let the pronunciation of names or places discourage you. After reading the first amazing, captivating pages, you won't even care.
A great read. Musashi is a story of a rogue samurai finding his place in early Japan. A swordsman onto himself challenging anyone who stands in his way of becoming the best.
I found this a challenging book to read trying to pronounce all the Japanese names and places mentioned throughout this story, but do not let this stop you from reading it, it is well worth the effort…and the price tag!
Filled with history and culture this book has something for everyone, but readers be warned there is a lot of blood and guts in this story so if you have a weak stomach watch out.
Musashi’s story is not just about the life of a swordsman but also a life of honor and code, mentor and disciple relationships, love, betrayal and yes even humor.
This book will keep you on the edge of your seat with a roller coaster ride of emotions you will find it hard to put down. As you read the book and drift along with him you will find yourself laughing with him and crying with him. Loving him and hating him and when he is fighting you are pinned to your seat with anticipation and awe.
If you have the opportunity to buy this book I highly recommend it!
My son had wanted this book and I had never heard of it. The easiest way for me to find out about it was to search it on the internet. It is a very big book and my son is living in Japan right now and he says it is one of the best books ever written.