Shogun vol. I James Clavell


Published: 2008

Leather Bound

848 pages


Shogun vol. I  by  James Clavell

Shogun vol. I by James Clavell
2008 | Leather Bound | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 848 pages | ISBN: | 6.57 Mb

The Shogun novels were written by James Clavell who had been a prisoner of war in a Japanese prison camp (Changi- Singapore). His experiences there led him to find out what kind of people the Japanese were and how they could be so cruel to their prisoners. To some extent his books answer his question in a way that I thought would have surprised him - the Code of Bushido has no place for prisoners but there was honour and duty and a code in the Japanese Army.The book itself is excellent and builds the world of ancient Japan extremely well with memorable characters.

I still remember the samurai who was so dangerous that even as he prepared himself for ritual death at his own hands (seppuku), the ring or warriors kneeling around him gripped the handles of their swords tightly in case he attacked. The rituals, manners and attitudes I assume were properly researched, they had a ring of authenticity about them.Well worth a read even 30 years on.

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