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  • ISBN: 0340209178
  • Category: Fiction
  • Subcategory: Genre Fiction
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: HODDER & STOUGHTON LTD; New Ed edition (1994)
  • Pages: 1248 pages
  • FB2 size: 1382 kb
  • EPUB size: 1239 kb
  • Rating: 4.8
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Shōgun is a 1975 novel by James Clavell. It is the first novel (by internal chronology) of the author's Asian Saga. A major best-seller, by 1990 the book had sold 15 million copies worldwide.

Shōgun is a 1975 novel by James Clavell.

Throughout the book, Clavell brings Japan to life. Its people, their customs, the land itself. Clavell allows the people of Japan to speak.

view Kindle eBook view Audible audiobook. Throughout the book, Clavell brings Japan to life.

Shogun: A Novel of Japan. Ending Shogun is like losing a very good friend; there is great sadness in finishing the book. It will move you. It will make you want to learn everything you can about Japan and its people.

and his phenomenal best seller. SHŌGUN James Clavell breathes narrative. shōgun is irresistibl. can’t remember when a novel has seized my mind like this one. Perhaps it was the author’s Hong Kong novel Tai-Pa. .James Clavell breathes narrative. It’s almost impossible not to continue to read SHŌGUN once having opened it. Yet it’s not only something that you read-you live i. ossessed by the Englishman Blackthorne, the Japanese lord Toranaga and medieval Japa.

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Shogun: A Novel of Japan: Wow, what an epic. This book was an incredible ride. It's difficult to put James Clavell's books down. Vintage Book Covers Book Writer Book Authors Great Stories Reading Lists Reading Room Bibliophile Historical Fiction Fiction Books. Title: Gai-JinAuthor: Clavell, JamesPublisher: Random House IncPublication Date: of Pages: Type: PAPERBACKLibrary of Congress: 2009291436. Trying to find time to start this. The whole series is addictive! JAMES CLAVELL-GAI-JIN.

Published by Coronet, London (1976). ISBN 10: 0340209178 ISBN 13: 9780340209172.

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Reviews about Shogun: A Novel of Japan (Coronet Books) (7):
Ferri - My name
Epic historical novel that truly sweeps you off of your feet and takes you to a far away land. Engaging, riveting, gripping, enthralling, powerful, exciting ... and all the other words that fit! I've read and purchased multiple times.

So much has already been written here and so many other reviews already -- suffice to say, I love it, will always love it. Instead of detailing more about the story or writing, I'm going to share some of my favorite passages so you can get an idea of how brilliantly this is written. The first quote is one of my all-time most cherished.

“Leave the problems of God to God and karma to karma. Today you're here and nothing you do will change that. Today you are alive and here and honored and blessed with good fortune. Look at this suset, it's beautiful, neh? This sunset exists. Tomorrow does not exist. There is only now. Please look. It is so beautiful and it will never happen ever again, never, not this sunset, never in all infinity. Lose yourself in it, make yourself one with nature and do not worry about karma, yours, mine, or that of the village.”

“How beautiful life is and how sad! How fleeting, with no past and no future, only a limitless now.”

“Isn’t it only through laughter that we become one with the gods and thus can endure life and can overcome all the horror and waste and suffering here on earth? …Isn’t it only through laughter we can stay human?”

“Always remember, child... that to think bad thoughts is really the easiest thing in the world. If you leave your mind to itself it will spiral you down into ever increasing unhappiness. To think good thoughts, however, requires effort. This is one onf the things that discipline - training - is about.”

“It's a saying they have, that a man has a false heart in his mouth for the world to see, another in his breast to show to his special friends and his family, and the real one, the true one, the secret one, which is never known to anyone except to himself alone, hidden only God knows where.”

I highly recommend all of the other novels in James Clavell's Asian Saga, especially Whirlwind and Tai Pan. The entire Saga spans from 1600 to 1970's and is truly an experience to behold.
Thou. There is a term of endearment said between two characters. It somehow encapsulates the entirety of their emotions for each other. Thou also is how I would address the book Shogun. My absolute love for this sublime historical novel of Feudal Japan. Set in the year 1600, one of our protagonists, John Blackthorne, an English Pilot serving aboard a Dutch ship, shipwrecks onto the coast of Japan. And through him we discover Feudal Japan, a land of samurai and ritual, a land where the Emperor is said to be a scion of the gods but holds only ceremonial power, a land of beauty and ceremony. And oh so different from Elizabethan England. And yet the Pilot from Elizabeth England must somehow navigate the culture of this land.

But really Blackthorne, is not at the center of the book. Both he and his love story are important, But both he and Mariko, a Japanese Christian who speaks Portuguese, Latin, and Japanese and acts as Blackthorne's interpreter for much of the novel, are pawns in a much larger chess game. At the center of the book is Japan and its people. Japan in 1600 is unstable because the former leader - the Taikō - died early and left a too young heir. Now there is a Council of Regents to lead Japan during the youth of the heir, but that Council is divided by men who all claim they do not wish to lead alone. But maybe one does want to lead and not give up power to the Taiko's son? Maybe one wants to be the Commander in Chief of Japan - the Shogun!

Throughout the book, Clavell brings Japan to life. Its people, their customs, the land itself. Clavell allows the people of Japan to speak. Women. Men. Lords. Ladies. Courtesans. And there are a smattering of outsiders such as Portuguese priests who fear the arrival of Blackthorne and what it means for their religious and economic monopoly in Japan. And they fear Spain and its representatives in Japan too for the land of Portugal itself was swallowed up by Spain only 20 years ago and the monopoly the Portuguese hold on Japanese trade is now threatened by Spain and by Blackthorne.

Beginning Shogun is beginning a long journey to Japan. Ending Shogun is like losing a very good friend; there is great sadness in finishing the book. It will move you. It will make you want to learn everything you can about Japan and its people. Clavell truly wrote a masterpiece that will speak across the years.
Longitude Temporary
This is the first of five excellent volumes in Clavell's asian masterworks. It reads well, connects well to the following volumes, and is a significantly weighty read all on its own compared to most works of fiction -- while the series itself is nothing less than massive and marathon-worthy. Highly, highly recommended.

Shogun is an eye-opening window into the world of samurai dominated Japan; the level of intrigue and almost orthogonally different sensibilities as compared to modern western outlooks draw me in, capturing my imagination without fail or surcease. One of my very favorite series, and one of my very favorite books. The kindle version provided me with my fifth read of the work in about 20 years time. Every time was a pleasure, and I expect to read it again, too.

Be sure to read the books in order for the most enjoyment; they're connected although quite distant in time from one another, and by reading them in order, the history of the current book you're reading will be deeper and your comprehension of what is going on, and why, will be much better.. Shogun is first, while the series all told flows in this order:

1) Shogun -- read first
2) Tai-pan
3) Gai-jin
4) King Rat
5) Noble House

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