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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Pitted against all that, any This book surprised me, in a positive way, for I hadn’t expected to like it as much as I did. Ten years later in I read it again. And i wanted to read more and more and more. Shogun whogun me a new side of the world, it changed my views on many things, and made me understand just as many things. In cable was in it’s infancy kames VCR’s were toys for technophiles and the wealthy.

The love story between Blackthorne and Mariko is one of the most beautiful, and best written love stories I have ever read. There is a fight, which the Angisan loses, and then all of a sudden he is walking out with a priest with no explanation of why he has been let go.

Mariko is another wonderful character. I read 1, pages of a book I liked less and less as the pages went by. It’s probably like the Game of Thrones books but I’ve only seen the show.

Oh, and also, Japan is going through a civil war and they absolutely cannot sort themselves out without glorious wonderful strong white male here to help them win their wars! Retrieved August 3, Retrieved June 22, I like a good adventure story, I also like a good solid novel with engaging characters and a unique narrative: Salesmen will tell you that, all they need is to get a foot inside the door and they wi I remember when I was still in school; there was a question which was occasionally being asked in our exams- Who colonized Kenya?


I am of that age of women who loved Richard Chamberlain Dr. Even Ralph Lister’s fan-fucking-tastic reading of this book couldn’t pull those burrs out of my listening saddle. The reader is left with two small paragraphs in italics to explain what actually happens in the story. 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.

And samurai and geishas and seppuku and just all kinds of Japan crap. All of these elements reemerged surrounding me, in the comfort of my armchair, like the return of an shoogun friend. Publication Order 3, part 1 of 2Asian Saga: Japanese History and Western Fantasy.

Shogun, Part 1

View all 4 comments. Only three of the Japanese actors spoke English in the entire production: Published February 19th by BantamDell first published Shogunul domnea in numele imparatului. I find it very fascinating to see and learn about Japanese culture in the book.

I have to say that I respect Clavell immensely for the even-handed way he handled the different religions in this book. For example Yabu is alone with an injured man and thinks I could easily kill him and no one would know. 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.

The mind boggles at how many seppukus and decapitations and gruesome deaths happened throughout the book but you have to admire the sense of honour and duty and commitment to their cause that these characters had. Incredible insight into the Japanese culture before the European invasion.


They wanted to shine the light into our dark hearts, clean us of our cultural filth. Dec 26, Diana rated it it was amazing Recommended to Diana by: Our leaders, some of them rebelled and they were met with strong opposition from the British.

Shogun, Part 1 by James Clavell

I understooda bit better after reading it, how the Japanese couldn’t lose faceeven at the time of the war due to their ideals, culture,and way of life. All land without any semblance of authority belonged to her.

I still have my paperback copy. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a good adventure novel and to all those who would like to find out cultural facts about feudal Japan without having to wade through history texts. Glorious wonderful strong white male with a canonically-mentioned giant dick so very crucial to To be honest – I couldn’t finish this book.

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There’s a lot to love in this book, but Shoguh have to say that my favorite aspect engliah the book were the characters, and how they grew and changed and adapted. The ending was sad. To read this book and others like it one needs to check one’s self-importance at the door and go in with a easy going attitude. Clavell was clearly trying hard to accurately show the overly polite culture of feudal Japan.

D The plot is complex and very political so it really got me concentrating, I love how rich and deeply researched the story is.