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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 aThe 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 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. The novel was made into a three-part movie by Director Hiroshi Inagaki. For more information, visit the Shopping area....

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Number of Pages : 970 Pages
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Musashi Reviews

  • Alger
    2019-04-29 08:43

    A breathtaking fictionalization of the life of one of the world's greatest warriors and renaissance men. Yoshikawa takes us on a mezmorizing voyage to a crossroads in Japanese history that changed all the rules and gave birth to a legend. The book opens in the year 1600 at the end of the infamous battle of Sekigahara, where the armies of east and western Japan met to decide who would govern: Toyotomi or Tokugawa. In the end to Tokugawa emerged victorious and the 150 year period of civil war came to an end. The young son of a country samurai, Shinmen Takezo, goes to fight for the Toyotomi at Sekigahara and opens the book prostrate on the ground with two bullets in his thigh. He escapes the carnage of the battle to his home province and emerges from this ordeal not as the noble warrior he intended, but rather as a savage bandit. However, through the intervention of an old friend he is brought to justice and given a second chance and a new name. He is locked in a room of the Lord's castle for three years straight with only treatises on war, religion, and the classics of both Japan and China. From this incarceration he emerged a new man. Musashi is offered a position as reatiner to the Tokugawa governor, but instead decides to journey across Japan to hone his swordsmanship. To do this Musashi does more than practice drawing and swinging a sword. To achieve this he studies calligraphy, painting, sculprture, agriculture, and music, all in the the pursuit of perfection as a swordsman. The book takes us through the highlights of Musashi's career from Sekigahara , to his legendary feud with the Yoshioka sword school of Kyoto to it's culmination at the Duel of the Spreading Pine, finalizing with his infamous duel with the sword saint, Sasaki Kojiro, on Funajima Island. Musashi evolves constantly as a character, as does his rival, Kojiro. Both men are near facsimilies of each other, the difference of which makes the book and the unfolding of both the aforementioned's destinies so tantalizing.

  • aaron
    2019-05-08 05:10

    wow...that is the first thing that came to mind when i finished this book. it is easily the best historical fiction i have ever read. it is also the largest and most difficult book i have ever read. it is very japanese therefore some of the names and places tend to get mixed up in the nearly 1000 page epic. however...that is the only negative i have after reading this book. it will go down as one of my favorite reads of all time. it focuses on the life (very dramatized by the fantastic eiji yoshikawa-san) of musashi miyamoto, a wandering ronin (samurai) during the edo period (1600's) of feudal japan. this is the time when samurai were still prevalent by the advent of muskets was starting to take over. the story the yoshikawa-san unfurls is a fantastic epic of the nature of the way of the sword. it was of fairness, fierceness, and unyielding strength, and musashi was the height of that ideal. i highly recommend this to those (like me) who have a fascination with japanese history and the way of the samurai in general. also, there is a beautiful love story mixed in the pages (also highly dramatized but wonderful non-the-less) that makes one believe that true love may actually exist out there. if you read it...please give it the time because it is slow at points...but the end result is well worth the time and effort...and that is just how musashi would have it!

  • Jasper
    2019-05-20 06:50

    Perhaps my expectations were too high but I was a bit disappointed by this book. I am really interested in (traditional) Japanese culture and looked forward to reading Musashi. Although it is an entertaining read and I did gain some inspiration from it, I found it really missed the depth you'd expect from such a saga.Apart from Musashi himself, all the other characters in the book are fairly one-dimensional and as a consequence, the story does not really seem to progress or unravel after the first few chapters (the meetings with Sasaki Kojirō are probably an exception to this).I realize the simplicity of the writing might fit the underlying Japanese values but I think it really did not reflect the complexities of the society and the characters it is trying to describe. It seems to me people in traditional Japan would have more on their mind than Miyamoto alone... But mostly, after a couple of hundred pages, I became annoyed with the fact that while walking all over Japan, Musashi seems to run into the exact same people everywhere.

  • Olivia
    2019-04-25 02:45

    This is a quick read despite its length. The language is easy and there's plenty of action. Unfortunately I thought the characters are mostly two-dimensional and the plot repetitive. If you're interested in samurais and Japanese culture, give it a try.

  • Terry
    2019-05-04 04:06

    5 stars for sheer enjoyment and immersion in another time and culture. This book has easily landed on my favourites list. Despite its nearly thousand pages I was fully immersed in the story of Miyamoto Musashi and never felt like I was slogging through an enormous tome. To be fair the beginning is a little rough, but Eiji Yoshikawa does an excellent job at keeping things moving as we follow the famous ‘sword-saint’ of early Tokugawa-era Japan in his growth from a callow, bullying youth into a man attempting to attain perfection in both body and spirit through the Way of the Sword.Yoshikawa paints on a broad canvas indeed, immersing the reader into the world of feudal Japan by showing us characters from all walks of life. We meet not only the daimyo and samurai who ruled in this world, but also the merchants, craftsmen, peasants, and priests all of whom gave to the era and country its unique character and flavour. While the story centers on the life and growth of its titular protagonist Miyamoto Musashi it is truly an epic saga, following the intertwined lives of many characters as they criss-cross Japan searching for (or trying to escape from) each other. Indeed there are so many coincidental meetings and near misses that it becomes something of a commonplace in the story. In some ways I was reminded of Dumas while reading this book: both authors first wrote in a serialized format that was later transferred to tomes of kitten-squishing size; many characters walk across the epic stage of history as plots and sub-plots unfold to follow the life of our protagonist; and despite its epic size and scope the prose is eminently readable and it’s definitely a real page-turner of romanticized historical fiction.The characters themselves are varied and colourful, their stories brought to vivid life from the irascible old dowager Osugi and her feckless son Matahatchi who seek Musashi's downfall, to the virginal Otsu and rambunctious Jotaro who become something of a family in their shared devotion to the vagabond swordsman. Then of course there is Musashi himself the man destined to become the great sword-saint and a man of intriguing complexity: at times seeming little more than a ragged vagabond with slight knowledge of the ways of the world, and at others like an insightful philosopher finding wisdom and perceiving connections where others see nothing at all. Of course one cannot fail to mention two of the most colourful characters in the story: Sasaki Kojiro the great swordsman whose cocksure confidence and wily intellect, along with his unequaled martial prowess, make him Musashi's only possible peer and a real threat for the sword-saint; and Takuan the Buddhist monk who at times can seem little more than a carefree and even clownish figure, while at others he exhibits the harsh and uncompromising nature of a man of great intellectual and moral acuity. Both prove to be interesting foils for Musashi and provide an intriguing study in similarity and contrasts to him. As he travels the roads and fields of Japan, Musashi takes advantage of every opportunity he can to learn. He is especially keen to gain from the experiences of those he meets who appear to have sounded the depth of a particular art, whether they be a craftsman obsessed with the creation of ceramics, a courtesan versed in the art of music, or an old woman expert in the niceties of the tea ceremony. All who have viewed some aspect of life and art with honesty and rigour can teach him something which he is able to apply to the of the way of the sword. It is this open-mindedness that allows Musashi to avoid being a slave to any one style of martial arts and only in his eagerness to learn from all of his experiences is he able to overcome his many opponents and develop from nameless vagabond to the 'sword-saint' of legend. While this is ostensibly the story of Musashi he is often absent from the pages for extended periods of time (seemingly deserting the reader as he does the other characters in the story). Luckily for us the characters that take over the narrative at these times are, as noted above, vivid and intriguing making the time spent with them never seem either wasteful or a slog. It is through these absences that we truly come to see the extent of the influence Musashi has on the other characters. Indeed the story is as much about the effect Musashi has on them, both by his presence and his absence (perhaps even moreso the latter), as it is about his life and deeds as such. In this I was reminded of the character of Able from Gene Wolfe's The Wizard Knight. Both men are searchers after truth and wisdom through the way of the warrior, whose actions have a profound effect on the people whose lives they touch. Musashi’s chi or spirit is so strong that not only is he able to master the sword and intimidate his opponents, but he is also able to instill in others a sense of devotion and awe.This makes Musashi sound like little more than a superhero, but this is far from the case. Yoshikawa still manages to make Musashi very human in his foibles and sense of inadequacy. Indeed, despite his prowess Musashi does not come across as very much like a typical action hero at all, that role is reserved for the suave and supremely confident Sasaki Kojiro. Musashi is more like a wide-eyed innocent looking for the path to perfection, but always certain it has escaped his grasp. The book thus treads a fine line between romanticizing the Samurai ideology in the figure of Musashi and portraying some of the harsh realities of the warrior culture that allowed bullies and braggarts to rule. Thus while we see one man’s attempt to achieve the ideal represented by bushido the story acknowledges the harsh truths that were all too often the reality.A really enjoyable book that is recommended to all lovers of historical fiction looking for an immersive and compelling experience of Tokugawa era Japan.

  • Rob
    2019-04-28 10:55

    This is easily my favorite book. It's very long and translated from Japanese resulting in some rough spots, but nevertheless, I could not put this one down. I recommend this to anyone...well, anyone who loves sword fighting.

  • Hadrian
    2019-05-25 10:50

    A very weighty historical novel about samurai. I thought I'd like this a lot more than I did. I might try again later.

  • Sam
    2019-04-26 03:42

    I read this novel about four years ago. At the time, the teacher for whom I was doing a book report on this novel, thought I was insane for picking such a long and complex novel. I vaguely remember someone else in my class reading The Bourne Supremacy.I would have this tied with I, Claudius for the best historical fiction I've yet to read. Telling the tale of Miyamoto Musashi, the sword-saint of Japan, it begins with his rural boyhood and ends with a final showdown between the great warrior and his rival.For such a revered man, the author depicts him as a clear anti-hero, especially during his early years before he officially rose from the peasant class to that of the Samurai. This novel really is a momentous epic, giving the feeling of actually living in Tokugawa-era Japan - something that comes across in a remarkably accessible way to this westerner.

  • Tom
    2019-05-23 05:02

    I am a huge fan of the old Criterion Collection samurai movies and I loved Toshiro Mifune's portrayal of Musashi, so I thought I'd give this a read. I found it VERY slow at the beginning, but I powered through. It took me as long to read this as it did to read Don Quixote….coincidentally, Musashi lived at the same time as Cervantes, so it was interesting to compare what was going on in Japan in the time of Shakespeare and Cervantes. The story is epic in scope and follows Musashi Myamoto's life from the time when he was a 17 year old punk to his final battle with Ganryu, which cemented his fame. It is a great introduction to Japanese history and has me itching to some follow up non-fiction reading on Japan.As far as rating it, I could go anywhere from a 3 to a 5. The story itself is captivating and completely hooks you after a while. The writing seemed immature and choppy at the beginning, but then got more and more sophisticated. I don't know if this is a translation thing, but it kind of works. It seems as if the author or translator used this as a story telling device, that is, as the main characters matured and became wiser, so did the text and the way it was written. Maybe I am imagining this?

  • Riannon
    2019-05-03 03:09

    I didn't like this book. It consisted of boring parts, punctuated by parts where the main character and maybe other characters, would go do something really stupid because of their bizarre moral codes or lack thereof. The book is old enough that the levels of sexism in it are absurd, and parts of it got me so annoyed that I was really distracted from the plot. I suppose it's interesting to get a perspective on a VERY different culture, but half the time I couldn't fathom any conceivable logical or moral reason why the characters would be doing what they were doing, and this only got worse as the book went along. Also, the main character puts himself on too much of a pedestal for my liking (I know some people will want to deny that he does this, but he DOES). That, like pretty much everything else about Musashi (and here I mean both the character and the book itself) was annoying in the extreme.

  • Najamuddin
    2019-05-05 07:58

    Ini buku pertama yang banyak memberikan inspirasi dalam hidup saya. Dimana perubahan 180° bisa terjadi dalam hidup kita.Buku ini tidak semata-mata darah dan pertarungan tapi lebih pada Semangat dalam pencarian dan pengembangan jati diri, Kesetiaan dan Kepasrahan Cinta, Keindahan dan Seni.Saya memberikan rating penuh untuk buku ini, bukan karena akan dusukai oleh semua orang. Tapi lebih banyak ke pribadi saya yang tidak akan melupakan sihir dari buku ini pada kehidupan saya.

  • Jeremy Preacher
    2019-05-15 06:06

    As a fan of epic fantasy, I was surprised by how much this was right in my wheelhouse, and I think this should be better-known among SF fans. It's a classic bildungsroman with epic battles, tragic romances, fun if somewhat archetypal characters, and a tremendous amount of cultural flavor and historical information.It was published serially, and as a result is extremely episodic, which isn't a flaw precisely, although it does slow down the pacing and make it a trifle choppy. It's also got a bit of a problem *ending* things - villains in the first chapter persist through the entire 1000 pages, even though they suffer multiple defeats. (Which is not atypical of epic fantasy - witness Robert Jordan's Incredible Resurrectable Villains, an equally annoying example of the form.)But for its flaws, I found it thoroughly entertaining and totally readable, and would recommend it to anyone who doesn't have an allergy to doorstops.

  • Himawan
    2019-05-15 05:46

    Pertama kali melihat buku ini, kira-kira 2 tahun yang lalu. Ia begitu tebal, dan terusterang itu membuat saya terprovokasi untuk membacanya. Dalam benak saya apa gerangan Gramedia menerbitkan buku yang begitu tebal seperti ini, apa buku ini bagus dan terkenal? Perasaan itu mengemuka, tapi tidak cukup menggerakkan saya untuk membeli. Kemudian, beberapa bulan terakhir, di blog teman saya ada sebuah tulisan mengenai Musashi, kupikir, betapa hebatkah tokoh ini dan bila benar demikian, apakah saya layak untuk mengetahuinya? Akhirnya, penentuan itu tiba. Dua hari yang lalu, di Trimedia Kuningan, saya putuskan untuk memiliki karya Eiji Yoshikawa tersebut. Peristiwanya sendiri agak dramatis sih, dari harga semula 190 ribuan, tapi karena kesalahan label harga, malah dikasih harga 155 ribu. Lumayanlah, dan setelah menamatkannya dalam kurun waktu dua hari tiga malam, sepertinya saya tidak menyesal mengeluarkan uang tadi.Satu yang semestinya dipahami para pembaca adalah buku ini fiksi, walaupun Musashi sendiri merupakan tokoh historis. Meskipun demikian, kehandalah Eiji Yoshikawa dalam meramu cerita begitu kaya akan informasi dan fakta yang terjadi saat itu, sehingga tidak sulit membawa angan kita memasuki dunia keshogunan Tokugawa 400 tahun silam. Dan kekuatan tokoh-tokohnya begitu terasa tanpa membosankan sepanjang 1200-an halamannya. Semua bermula saat Musashi yang saat itu masih dipanggil Takezo bersama Matahaci, bangkit dari sisa-sisa kekalahan di perang sekigahara. Keduanya, bertemu dengan ibu anak, Oko dan Akemi. Dari sini, nasib kedua orang tersebut benar-benar terpisahkan. Takezo dengan segala kepahitan hidupnya, bertemu dengan Takuan, yang memberinya sebuah pencerahan untuk mengikuti jalan pedang dan menjalani takdirnya sebagai samurai sejati. Adapun Matahaci, tenggelam dalam nafsu birahi dengan Oko dan hidup terluntang-lantung tanpa tujuan.Kegalutan Matahachi itu membuatnya memutuskan pertunangan dengan Otsu. Otsu yang patah hati menemukan tambatan hatinya pada Musashi. Sayangnya, kala itu ia sudah berketetapan hati hidup mengikuti jalan pedang, dan penantian Otsu yang tiga tahunpun berlalu sia-sia. Meskipun demikian, cinta Otsu benar-benar murni, dan ia pun berusaha mencari Musashi seantero Jepang. Dalam pengembaraannya, Musashi mengangkat murid pertamanya, Jotaro, yang selama perjalanan hampir tidak pernah diajarkan ilmu pedang, tapi jotaro sangat menghormati gurunya tersebut. Sementara itu Osugi, ibu Matahaci yang kecewa calon menantunya lari bersama Musashi, menjadi berang dan mulai mengobarkan perang pribadinya kepada ronin tersebut.Musashi sangat tertarik dengan kesempurnaan, dan ia berusaha menemui para master ilmu beladiri untuk menguji kemampuannya tadi. Pada masa itu, hal ini sangatlah wajar, meskipun duel-duel penting antar dua samurai sering berakhir pada kematian dan mengakibatkan tradisi balas dendam, tapi hal tersebut diterima sebagai jalan pedang. Duel penting pertama Musashi saat berhadapan dengan perguruan Yoshioka. Ia berhasil mengalahkan seijuro, pemimpin perguruan tersebut. Pristiwa tadi membuat namanya terkenal. Bagi para murid Yoshioka, kekalahan ini merupakan tamparan besar dan mereka kembali menantang Musashi bertanding pada dua duel lanjutan. Jarak antara pertemuan pertamanya dengan perguruan Yoshioka hingga pertempuran terakhir di Ichijoji, menyatukan musuh-musuh Musashi. Yang paling besar adalah Sasaki Kojiro, seorang samurai berdarah dingin, yang ambisius dan iri dengan kemasyhuran nama Musashi. Bersama Osugi yang dendam kesumat, mereka berkampanye negatif terhadap Musashi, sehingga pengangkatannya menjadi pemimpin dojo shogun dibatalkan.Jalinan cerita semakin rumit ketika permusuhan kedua pihak mulai melibatkan friksi-friksi politik yang tengah mengalami masa psywar. Untuk mencegah kerusuhan yang lebih parah, Musashi menyetujui tantangan Kojiro untuk berduel. Dalam duel singkat yang sangat terkenal di Ganryujima, Musashi berhasil mengalahkan Sasaki Kojiro dan membuktikan kemampuan dirinya tersebut.***Buku eiji Yoshikawa ini memang tidak mengisahkan keseluruhan masa hidup Musashi, ia hanya memuat fragmen antara umur 19 hingga 29 tahun. Sebuah masa pencarian jati diri dan pembangunan karakter. Ceritanya mengalir lancar, dengan menggambarkan detil suasana batin setiap tokoh dengan baik. Penggunaan tanda petik pada sebuah statment seseorang yang lalu menghilang kepada deskripsi subjektif orang tersebut, dan tiba-tiba muncul dalam bentuk orang lain, sering mengecoh pembaca untuk membedakan pendapat siapa yang tengah diutarakan oleh si penulis. Namun, dari lontar pendapat yang cerdas antar tokoh, suasana mengambang tersebut terasa menempatkan kita pada sebuah pemahaman, yang bahkan tidak akan terungkap di dunia nyata. Akhirnya, realitas semakin sumir, meski terdapat keengganan dari Yoshikawa sendiri untuk membawa pembacaan Musashi kepada surealisme. Dapat dipahami, karena novel ini merupakan jenis novel koran yang kemudian dibukukan.Unsur cinta merupakan sebuah side story yang menarik. Dalam Musashi, ia dibenturkan dengan cara hidup yang dianut tokoh-tokohnya. Seperti keengganan Musashi menerima cinta tulus Otsu, karena ia hendak menempuh jalan yang memaksanya menyingkirkan cinta. Bahkan, setelah ia benar-benar tersiksa, Musashi tetap tidak jelas mengungkapkan perasaannya tersebut. Di lain pihak, plot-plot baru saling muncul tidak secara liniar dan dipertemukan secara kebetulan pada pertemuan-pertemuan tanpa sengaja antar para tokoh, mirip cerita-cerita silat macam Wiro Sableng. Dengan demikian pencampuran tokoh-tokoh historis dengan fiktif berjalan sempurna tanpa ada perasaan janggal, apakah tokoh ini nyata atau rekaan. Mungkin yang membuat saya curiga adalah kesamaan plot antara Musashi dengan film animasi Samurai X. Mulai dari kehadiran wanita, murid-murid belia, hingga lawan dan kawan. Apa memang, bentuk cerita saga hampir sama? Atau mungkin saya lebih dahulu kenal samurai X daripada Musashi, padahal buku tersebut terbit pertama kali diakhir tahun 1930-an, sehingga pembacaannya membuat pandangan saya soal originalitas terganggu? Dibalik itu semua, penghabisan cerita yang terasa menggantung dan cara sang penulis menggambarkan momen-momen penting seperti pencerahan Takezo, atau kesadaran diri Osugi, dan scene duel, terasa tidak proporsional dengan cerita yang melatarinya. Mungkin memang bukan itu penekanan yang diinginkan sang penulis, yang bagi saya justru terletak pada semangat yang hendak dituju.Dalam sebuah kata pengantar J.B Kristianto, buku Musashi ini memecahkan rekor penjualan sebanyak 120 juta di Jepang. sebuah angka yang fantastik, mengingat penduduk Jepang yang menurut Kristianto kurang dari angka tersebut. Hal ini dapat diterjemahkan betapa kemasyhuran Musashi telah melekat di hati setiap orang Jepang.

  • Pavlovsky
    2019-04-25 07:00

    Ha! Tuhle knihu jsem koupil roku 2007, kdy vyšla… a od té doby jí často bral na dovolenou, s tím, že se tam do ní konečně pustím. Ale nakonec jsme vždycky sáhl po něčem, co nemělo skoro tisíc, hustě popsaných stránek. A teď, konečně, jsem to dokázal. Udělal jsem další pokrok na své Cestě Knihy. Musaši je legendární japonský román, zachycující část života Mijamota Musašiho, slavného bojovníka… a inspirace všech možných dalších knih, filmů (samozřejmě ho hrál i Toširó Mifune), seriálů i komiksů – včetně Usagi Yojimba (který se ostatně jmenuje Miyamoto Usagi). Stejně jako románový hrdina, i on putuje s Jotarem-Džótarem (na rozdíl od Usagiho, tady je to dost nesnesitelný spratek) a jeho přítel je Gennosuke-Gonnosuke. A dost epizod z Musašiho vám budou povědomé. Není se co divit, jsou základem japonské kultury. Kniha obsahuje události, které byly v Mifuneho filmové trilogii… a stejně jako ona končí soubojem s Kodžirem na ostrově. Je to v mnohém fascinující kniha, nejen z hlediska vhledu do historie, ale do japonské duše. Chvílemi jsem měl pocit, že čtu historický román, ve kterém vystupují samé desetileté děti – pro schopnost hrdinů podléhat okamžitým impulzům, obracet se bleskově k dobru či ke zlu, jejich ochotě začít se najednou hlasitě vztekat, brečet či jinak intenzivně projevovat emoce… a pak se zase chovat rezervovaně. I sám Mijamoto funguje zpočátku skoro až náhodně, kdy se vrhá do soubojů a pak z nich utíká, když zjistí, že je soupeřů moc. Stejně tak důvody, proč postavy něco dělají, jsou skoro zanedbatelné. Hlavní protivníci je tu penzistická Osugi, která, přes to, že všechno kolem říká opak, je přesvědčená, že Musaši připravil jejího syna o ženu a je rozhodnutá ho zabít. I životy hrdinů se odvíjejí více náhodně, jak se postavy nechávají často úmyslně unášet světem kolem nich, ovšem osud je stejně opět svádí dohromady. Japonsko je malé.Je to zajímavá knížka ze zajímavého světa, který skoro připomíná cizí planetu. I když některé věci platí stále a pořád: „Neexistuje nic strašlivějšího, než nedopečený dobrodinec, který o světě nic neví, ale ber na sebe úlohu, aby řekl světu, co je pro něj dobré.“

  • Endah
    2019-05-09 03:43

    Juli 2005 lalu, sebuah buku terbit—judulnya Elang Retak. Ditulis oleh Gus Ballon, buku ini menceritakan tentang operasi sebuah pasukan Angkatan Darat TNI di pulau tak bertuan, dekat samudera Pasifik. Pada mulanya, seperti buku-buku baru lain, rasa-rasanya tak ada beda. Tapi ada yang mengusik. Sebuah kalimat terpampang menggelitik di sampul depan: "Mati bukan masalah, hidup itulah persoalan."Itulah kalimat yang pas untuk melukiskan kesan yang saya dapat setelah membaca Musashi. Seluruh apa yang dibicarakan dan dipertanyakan Musashi dalam pengembaraan spiritualnya terangkum padat dalam kalimat itu. "Mati bukan masalah. Hidup itulah persoalan." Ada sebuah nada aneh, dan akan mengendan di dalam benak bila memikirkan seuntai kalimat itu berulang-ulang. Bukankah antara mati dengan hidup seperti hanya terpisah oleh selembar tipis kulit bawang?Sudahlah. Yang jelas, Musashi sendiri diceritakan, memang baru belakangan menyadarinya. Tapi baginya (dan saya kira penulisnya juga), mati tak ada guna sekiranya hidup diobral begitu murah. Yang penting adalah apa yang mesti dilakukan dalam dan/atau untuk hidup. Dan Takuan Soho pernah menandaskan, bila hidup kita anggap murah, maka mati pun percuma.Musashi adalah seorang samurai yang dilahirkan di Miyamoto, Propinsi Mimasaka pada akhir abad XVI Masehi. Kala itu, Jepang adalah wilayah kepulauan tempat berlangsungnya pertikaian antara dua kelompok besar samurai dalam merebut kekuasaan untuk memerintah negeri. Dua kelompok besar itu sebenarnya adalah gabungan dari kelompok-kelompok samurai yang ada. Kaisar berada di atas semua itu tanpa hak penuh untuk mengatasi keadaan.Dalam keadaan yang demikian, Musashi mesti mempertanyakan hidup. Ia mencari jawab tentang hakikat hidup di tengah kematian yang dianggap biasa saat itu. Nyawa memang murah. Pertikaian kecil, apa boleh buat, sering bikin darah tumpah. Begitu saja. Orang-orang banyak maklum tanpa mampu berbuat untuk menghindar dari itu semua.Awalnya, Musashi tak memedulikan antara mati dan hidup. Baginya, sama saja. Sampai akhirnya, ia disadarkan oleh Takuan Soho, seorang pendeta Zen, yang ditemuinya ketika ia kembali pulang dari medan perang dengan membawa kekalahan. Menurut si pendeta, mati pun adalah terserah bila Musashi tak mengubah pandangannya bahwa hidup dan mati tak ada beda. Hidup seharusnya dihargai, karena di sanalah terdapat makna akan mati. Kematian yang terjadi dalam hidup yang begitu dihargai adalah kematian yang tak percuma.Makanya, ujar pendeta itu dalam sebuah nasehat yang diberikannya sengit, banyak samurai yang tak pernah mengerti apa makna jalan samurai yang dijalaninya. Ini ditekankannya, mengingat Musashi memiliki keinginan menjadi seorang samurai. Tentang hidup ke-samurai-an, sebenarnya Musashi telah mengenal lama dari gemblengan ayahnya yang termasuk salah seorang samurai di Propinsi Mimasaka. Tapi tak ada apa-apa , sampai si pendeta menyadarkan dan membangkitkan hasratnya untuk memelajari dan menjalani hidup di atas jalan samurai.Lamat-lamat, menyeruak sebuah kalimat dalam Catatan Pinggir 4 (Grafiti Press, Jakarta, 1994) ke dalam benak saya. "Apa yang sebenarnya brutal," demikian Goenawan Mohamad menulis, "dikemas baik-baik dalam keindahan: indahnya baja yang mengilat putih [...:] terkena cipratan merah setelah menebas leher...".Musashi ini ditulis oleh Eiji Yoshikawa. Sejatinya adalah "cerita bersambung" pada sebuah surat kabar di Jepang sebelum Perang Dunia II yang diterbitkan kembali menjadi sebuah buku tebal. Semangat untuk perubahan demikian terasa pada gagasan-gagasan yang dilontarkannya melalui tokoh Musashi, seorang tokoh bukan-fiktif yang dikenal luas dalam seni beladiri Jepang.Saya sendiri pertama kali tahu ihwal Musashi adalah lewat sosok Lord Shigeru. Ia, paman Genji dalam Samurai (Qanita, Bandung, 2004), diceritakan sebagai seorang pemain pedang terkenal dalam keluarganya. Tak ada yang menyangsikannya. Gaya kuda-kudanya ketika bertarung itulah yang segera mengingatkan banyak orang pada Musashi dengan "Gaya Dua Pedang"-nya. Tak banyak samurai yang seperti itu. Tapi sayang, Shigeru akhirnya tewas oleh musuh-musuhnya ketika coba mempertahankan rombongan keponakannya di dekat kuil pada sebuah musim salju.Lantas, dengan sedikit memaksa, apa hubungannya dengan novel Musashi yang dibicarakan di sini?Sebuah keanehan, sebab ternyata, baik Musashi atau pun Lord Genji yang didukung oleh Lord Shigeru, akhirnya sama-sama sadar. Untuk mengembangkan sebuah peradaban, berarti untuk maju juga, manusia mesti belajar dulu bagaimana mengendalikan alam. Bukan menyerah pada alam. Kesulitan didapat dan diterima be gitu saja hanya membuat manusia mandek, tak berdaya. Apapun hasilnya, pada mulanya adalah usaha. Dan dalam catatannya, usaha yang mesti dilakukan itu bukan dengan memaksakan kemauan begitu saja, tetapi mencari kemungkinan-kemungkinan yang tersedia di tengah keadaan yang terjadi.Ketika melihat novel Musashi yang tergeletak di atas meja baca, tiba-tiba saja saya teringat pada sesuatu yang sempat saya rekam dan saya letakkan dalam ingatan. Dalam sebuah ruangan sederhana dengan interior yang mewah, saya lihat sebuah lemari tersandar di dinding yang bewarna hijau muda. Ada guci-guci Cina di pojokan ruang. Ada meja batu, dan asbak di atasnya. Sebuah vas bunga ditaruh sengaja di atas meja yang dialasi taplak kecil sederhana, sedang kursi-kursi tamu yang empuk di sekitarnya. Di atas kursi-kursi itu, ada bantal-bantal warna-warni pelengkap sekaligus pemanis kursi tamu. Saya ingat bantal-bantal itu ketika melihat Musashi yang terge letak di atas meja baca.Rimbun Natamarga

  • Martha Sockel
    2019-04-28 02:55

    Written in the early twentieth century, this indigenous Japanese novel recounts the life & times of old Japan's greatest swordsman, Miyamoto Musashi -- a man who began life as an over-eager and rather brutish young lout but who, through the discipline of Japan's "way of the sword," turned himself into a master of his chosen weapon. But this tale is not only one of a life spent in training to perfect the art of killing with a sharpened piece of steel. In the venerable Japanese tradition, it is also about a man's search to conquer himself, to become a better man. The Buddhist view cultivated by the Japanese warrior class allowed for a spiritual dimension to their very bloody (in western eyes) enterprise of warfare and killing. And it is this aspect of his training that consumes Musashi, to the detriment of the people he encounters and who seek to attach themselves to him. Unable to settle down in the ordinary way, or to simply join a particular clan as a retainer to some noble lord, Musashi embarks on the life of a ronin (masterless samurai) as he wends his way through the feudal world of medieval Japan in his seemingly endless search for perfection. In the process he finds a young woman who loves him and many enemies who seek his destruction, at least in part in repayment for the damage he does them while on his quest. He also crosses swords with many other experts in Japan's martial arts, but it is his encounter with a Buddhist priest that ultimately puts him on the right path. In the end Musashi finds his grail in a duel to the death with his greatest opponent, the sword master famous for his "swallow cut" -- a stroke so fast and deadly that it can slice a swooping, looping bird out of the air in mid-flight. This alone is a challenge worthy of the master which Musashi has become -- and a match which even he may not be up to, for this opponent is surely the finest technician in his art in all Japan. But there is more to swordsmanship than technical skill, as Musashi has learned, and there is more to living one's life than mere technical proficiency. Musashi attains a sort of peace in preparation for his climactic bout, for he is willing to risk all and even die in order to win against the master of the swallow cut, while applying all the strategy he has learned throughout his tumultuous career to unsettle the man who will oppose him. In the end Musashi lived to a fairly ripe old age and, unlike many of his contemporaries, died in his bed after composing the famous Book of Five Rings -- his own contribution to the art of strategy.

  • Anton
    2019-05-08 07:47

    Yoshikawa was reccomended to me by my uncle, a Japanese History enthusiast. I have an active interest in Japanese culture and ritual, but not even a working understanding of their history. Taiko, the actual novel that was reccomended to me, has a very similar tone and feel as Musashi, but what really interested me in this book is that the politics of ancient Japan is the backdrop for the novel, as Musashi, a maturing Samurai, wanders through the Japanese countryside. Taiko is much more focused on the politics, as Taiko's wanderings take him in that direction, whereas Musashi's wanderings take him towards enlightnement through the martial arts. The Samurai stuff is very cool; as Samurai stuff tends to be. What is really interest is what a VERY flawed character Musashi is. He is a murderer, though a victim of his time I suppose; but beyond that he is a jerk. A real jerk when he is young. Perhaps this is historically accurate but either way it is an interesting choice to focus on his flaws as a catalyst for this learning.I would reccomend this to someone that is interested in Japanese and Samurai culture foremost. Musashi was apparently the first Samurai to fight with two swords at once - if that doesn't sound cool to you then this is NOT the book for you. It also gets very operatic at times (everything going on around Musashi is a Soap Opera) and it is impossible to be fully engaged in some of the characters that Yoshikawa spends a great deal of time on. But he always returns to Musashi's journey, which is the core of the narrative.

  • David
    2019-05-08 07:56

    An incredible, sprawling masterpiece... Yoshikawa tells the story of Japan's greatest swordsman, Miyamoto Musashi, in an awing bildungsroman that sees a young violent punk transformed into a masterful buddhist hero. Inspired the Hiroshi Inagaki Samurai films. Highly recommended.

  • Serazhutdin Khappalaev
    2019-05-01 08:49

    "Мусаси" Ёсикавы, изданный у нас под названием "Десять Меченосцев", повествует об отрезке жизненного пути выдающегося японского фехтовальщика Миямото Мусаси. Хронологически, действие романа начинается практически там же, где заканчивается горячо любимый мною "Сёгун" Джеймса Клавелла (надо перечитать!), однако, в отличие от западного взгляда на знаменательные исторические события в Японии, поступки главных действующих лиц романа куда менее масштабны в контексте геополитики, но намного более подробно рассказывают читателю о Японии того времени.Главный герой - молодой ронин Такёдзо из деревни Миямото, на пару со своим товарищем Матахати оставшийся в живых после проигранного сражения с войсками Токугавы. После сражения Такёдзо поставлен вне закона и вынужден скрытно возвращаться в родную деревню к старшей сестре. В процессе возвращения, занимающего малую часть довольно внушительного по объему романа, читатель знакомится с основными действующими лицами, которые непременно будут досаждать главному герою на протяжении всей книги и многих лет, что выглядит несколько неправдоподобно ну или заставляет считать Японию одной большой деревней. Очищая свой разум через познание и лишения, Такёдзо оттачивает своё мастерство владения мечом, берёт себе имя Миямото Мусаси и начинает странствовать по Японии, бросая вызов известным школам фехтования, чтобы в конечном итоге, сойтись в бою со своим главным оппонентом Сасаки "Ганрю" Кодзиро.На мой взгляд, книга очень познавательна с точки зрения трактовки предназначения Бусидо (Путь Воина Упячки), вложенного в мысли и поступки персонажей, кроме того, художественное изложение последствий реформы Токугавы определенно будет интересно тем, кто читал "Сёгуна". Ну и, кроме того, не забывайте, что это роман о великом фехтовальщике, поэтому готовьтесь узнать многое о стилях, истории их возникновения, развития, применения и всей самурайской философии, которая окружает искусство фехтования и связывает его с прочими культурными явлениями вроде каллиграфии и живописи. Рекомендую.P.S.: название "Десять Меченосцев" выбрано от балды и имеет опосредованное значение к содержанию романа.

  • Monicaa
    2019-05-16 03:04

    Ambientato nel 1600 , il romanzo inizia subito dopo la battaglia di Sekigahara (15/09/1600) e termina con la tenzone fra il protagonista e Sasaki Kojiro (1612).Romanzo storico, ricco di personaggi , alcuni dei quali realmente esistiti e non celati da pseudonimi, narra le gesta del giovane Takezo che solo in seguito prenderà il nome di Musashi Miyamoto. Reduce e superstite dalla battaglia di Sekigahara diviene ronin. Inizialmente un samurai improvvisato, con il passare del tempo giunge alla certezza della necessità di disciplinare lo spirito tramite pratiche meditative Zen e l'imposizione di un particolare stile di vita; indispensabili a trovare la vera Via del samurai.Grazie alla fantasia dell'autore il karma fa sì che i personaggi che animano il romanzo si incontrino e scontrino nelle combinazioni più svariate, contribuendo a conferire alla storia una maggiore "autenticità tutta giapponese".Alla base di questo romanzo c'è la storia del vero Miyamoto Musashi, divenuto famoso per l'uso contemporaneo di due spade. Si attribuisce la sua nascita al 1584, e morì nel 1645. La maggior parte degli avvenimenti narrati sono perciò realmente accaduti; fu grazie a Yoshikawa che Musashi divenne uno fra i più importanti personaggi del folklore giapponese.

  • Filippo
    2019-05-25 10:50

    Shinmen Takezo, che cambierà il suo nome nell'universalmente noto Musashi Miyamoto, è uno di quei personaggi destinato a diventare leggenda.Incarna l'ideale del vagabondo alla perenne ricerca di qualcosa. Un avversario, un'ispirazione, una sfida. Fondamentalmente, alla ricerca di se stesso.Troppo affascinante per non essere preso a modello.La sua "via", il suo lascito, è ben più spirituale che tecnico, a dispetto di quanto potrebbe pensare chi inquadra Musashi semplicemente come "guerriero". Non è un caso che la scuola da lui fondata, "Niten Ichi-ryu" [Due Cieli in Uno], nata come disciplina che fonda il proprio credo sull'utilizzo di due spade in duello, una lunga ed una più corta, sia diventata nel tempo un modello che trascende la sua origine. Una scuola di disciplina militare prima, quasi filosofica poi, tanto da divenire punto di riferimento in ambito manageriale a 360 gradi. Il "Go Rin no Sho" [Libro dei Cinque Anelli], la cui scrittura si attribuisce a Musashi stesso e che racchiude i principi basilari della sua filosofia, è uno dei testi più trasversalmente idolatrati, alla stregua forse solo de "L'arte della guerra" di Sun-Tzu.Dal punto di vista letterario, l'opera di Yoshikawa ha il pregio di incarnare in pieno l'ideale del romanzo di avventura. Avvincente fino all'ultima riga, si fa leggere tutto d'un fiato. Ricco di azione, perfetto nella descrizione dei combattimenti, non tralascia le introspezioni psicologiche ed offre al contempo preziose ricostruzioni di vita quotidiana di un'epoca, il Sengoku jidai, fra le più suggestive della storia giapponese.I personaggi sono ben caratterizzati e la storia, proprio perché romanzata, tende ad entusiasmare.Assolutamente da consigliare.

  • *Giulia*
    2019-04-27 03:04

    Penso questo sia uno di quei libri che parte un po’ in sordina ma che ti vince pagina dopo pagina, poi arrivi alla fine e non riesci più a staccartene. Pur essendo la storia di Musashi, il cast di personaggi è ampissimo, e copre tante tematiche. Ogni storia, anche la più piccola, s’intreccia poi in un disegno più grande. È un ottimo romanzo d’intrattenimento, ma anche un ottimo libro di storia; perché è pieno di particolari, notizie di costume e descrizioni sulla vita in Giappone. Ho imparato senza sforzo un sacco di cose!Scritto da Musashi avevo già letto il Libro dei cinque anelli, e temevo che la rappresentazione romanzata del personaggio non avrebbe corrisposto alla sensazione che dà un testo vero. Invece Yoshikawa è uno splendido narratore, e descrive i caratteri benissimo. Il protagonista non risulta falso. Ed anche i personaggi non esattamente buoni, sono impossibili da odiare; seppur fallaci e cattivi, sono comprensibili e a volte amabili.Una grande pecca è l’edizione. Ora, io ne ho una della bur datata dicembre 2010, che è fatta coi piedi. Le doppie diventano triple, le parole seminano vocali e consonanti a caso, le virgolette si aprono ma non si chiudono, o viceversa. E non sono pochi gli errori, tutto il testo ne è flagellato, soprattutto nella metà.Voglio ben sperare che la nuova edizione sia stata curata (non dico bene, ma curata) come questa non lo è stata affatto. Non so cosa si sono fumati in redazione, ma di certo non stavano bene per fare simile scempio e venderlo pure.Ad ogni modo il libro di per sé è stupendo.

  • Saji Connor
    2019-05-03 09:49

    Eiji Yoshikawa è l'autore di questo lungo, lunghissimo romanzo che mi ha tenuto impegnata per diversi mesi perché conta ben 840 pagine scritte con un carattere piccolo, piccolo, piccolo.Un libro che alle volte sembra quasi infinito, ma se amate il Giappone, quello delle tradizioni, quello della storia, quello dei Samurai, quello che era prima dell'apertura verso l'occidente, allora questa storia che non volgere mai verso la fine, non vi stancherà mai ed avrete sempre voglia di bere da questa sorgente di notizie e nozioni ed informazioni su questo mondo meraviglioso. Tutti i personaggi preenti nel libro sono realmente esistiti.Molto, molto fedele alla realtà storica, Yoshikawa ci narra della storia di Takezo che poi lascerà questo nome per prendere quello poi diventato famoso di Musashi che lo porterà ad essere il samurai più famoso del Giappone. Non propriamente un samurai, ma un ronin, ovvero un samurai senza padrone.Sono gli inizi del 1600, Musashi abbandona la sua precendete vita per intraprendere la via del samurai, la via della spada, ma ci sono sempre tante difficoltà che simettono sul cammino di un uomo. Le motivazioni che spingono ad intraprendere un cammino sono tatne, ma sono tante anche le tentazioni che spingono ad abbandonarlo, quindi si lotta, si medita, si combatte, ci si allena, si dipinge, si scrive, si viaggia, si cercano nemici, si cercano amici, ma soprattutto si cerca la via della verità, si cerca la via suprema, si cerca se stessi.

  • umberto
    2019-05-14 04:07

    Intimidated by its length for such a 7-book novel, I did not think I would finish reading this epic novel of a master samurai named Miyamoto Musashi (c. 1584-1645), one of the great Japanese swordsmen in 16th century Japan ( However, it is not simply a novel of ruthless, gory and god-like fights we might have read in the same genre or guessed from its brutal-looking cover, rather it is a classic samurai novel penned brilliantly by Eiji Yoshikawa since its book titles may suggest its contents and challenge our wonder: Earth, Water, Fire, Wind, Sky, Sun and Moon, The Perfect Light. Typically, we would enjoy its innumerable episodes subtly revealed off and on in terms of the Way of the Sword, the Art of War, and Zen, therefore, this novel is heartily recommended to any Japanophile who may try reading this unique samurai novel and appreciate each chapter, for instance, in BOOK I as follows: The Little BellThe CombThe Flower FestivalThe Dowager's WrathThe Art of WarThe Old Cryptomeria TreeThe Rock and the TreeThe Birth of Musashi

  • Francesco
    2019-05-08 02:43

    Mi è piaciuto:- La trama: un intreccio che tiene incollati al libro, si vuol sempre sapere cosa accade dopo.- Affresco realistico della cultura giapponese non filtrato da occhi occidentali. Mi ha molto sorpreso la concezione dell' "onore" giapponese che traspare dal libro. Finora lo avevo sempre considerato un pregio, qualcosa da imitare e invece questo libro mostra le degenerazioni che tale sentimento può avere.. la filosofia e la profondità di alcuni pensieri che, di tanto in tanto, intervallano l'azione.Non mi è piaciuto:- Troppe combinazioni: personaggi che si incontrano casualmente in continuazione. Ci saranno una decina di personaggi tra principali e comprimari che viaggiano per l' intero Giappone e non fanno altro che incontrarsi casualmente.. Non si parla mai dell' addestramento con la spada. Da un giorno all' altro il protagonista è uno spadaccino provetto. Si lascia intendere che grossi siano stati gli sforzi per migliorarsi nell' arte della spada, ma di fatto non se ne parla mai nel dettaglio.- L'assenza di limiti del protagonista. Egli può uscire indenne da uno scontro contro un qualsiasi numero di avversari.

  • Augusto Saad
    2019-05-05 06:00

    No es un libro fácil. Su lectura se parece a la peregrinación del propio personaje, que camina en búsqueda de la perfección y de la iluminación. La dificultad que muchos pueden encontrar viene, por sorpresa, de la calidad de la traducción y del contenido traducido.Es un verdadero viaje al Japón antiguo. A través de sus detalles nos hacen ver más que los detalles históricos extremadamente apurados, pero también la complejidad del pensamiento y de la cultura del pueblo japonés.Es un libro que a veces parece juvenil, con sus inúmeros personajes y dramas personales. Pero que en otros momentos se asemeja a una película de acción con la descripción minuciosa de las batallas. Hay también las situaciones donde la filosofía oriental (sea a través del budismo, del taoísmo, do bushido, entre otras) hace con que se pare para reflejar sobre su propia existencia.Un viaje fantástico, pero para los que se disponen a caminar por las tierras del Japón antiguo, batallando una aventura en cada esquina de una manera viva y emocionante.Vale la pena probar.

  • Ratna Supartini
    2019-05-14 04:01

    Novel ini bagaimana? Indah dan Keren!!! Dan akan saya taruh di urutan teratas dalam rak favorit.Ketebalan novel yang mencapai 1.247 halaman disertai dengan banyaknya tokoh di sana-sini, yang terpaksa harus saya catat, saking banyaknya, tidak membuat saya urung untuk melahapnya sampai tuntas.Semula saya menduga Musashi hanya menceritakan tentang peperangan dan teknik bertarung, ternyata novel ini lebih banyak memaparkan sifat-sifat manusia, dan semangat mewujudkan impian.Miyamoto Musashi sendiri bukan tokoh fiktif dan dipercaya hidup antara tahun 1584-1645. Setelah mengundurkan diri dari dunia ramai, ia menulis buku berjudul Gorin No Sho. Kalau misalkan sedikit banyak Eiji Yoshikawa terpengaruh buku tersebut dalam penulisan novel ini, maka tak heran kalau masyarakat barat menganggap buku Gorin No Sho sebagai kunci pemahaman manusia dan manajemen Jepang alih alih tentang permainan samurai.

  • Ipeh Alena
    2019-05-25 03:44

    Jujur, untuk versi ini terbitan Gramedia dan yang menjadi alih bahasa adalah Tim Kompas sementara J.B Kristianto sebagai penyunting, membuat saya benar-benar angkat tangan karena terjemahannya bikin saya kurang nyaman. Sepertinya memang publikasi sekitar tahun 80-an (mungkin). Karena bahasa yang dipilih dan digunakan sangat-sangat terasa kental khas melayu. Kiranya dua bintang ini karena saya memang menyukai cerita dari Lord Musashi, tapi terjemahannya membuat saya mempertimbangkannya lagi, mungkin 1,5 bintang untuk tulisan Eiji dan 0,5 bintang untuk terjemahannya.Sepertinya saya memang harus membeli versi lain.

  • Blake Brasher
    2019-05-08 05:07

    Mostly this book is like Pokemon. A young man wandered around the wilderness in his quest to be the greatest samurai/Pokemon master and runs into others who he does battle with to increase his power. He gains new techniques from kindly old masters and visits temples where he participates in more battles. The story does start to be more engaging in about the last third of the book. You can tell that it was originally released serially and should probably be consumed with the attitude one has towards consuming a season of television.

  • Giedrius Padriezas
    2019-05-19 03:42

    Amazing Japanese story about fighter's demeanor, patience, perseverance, rivalries, hard work, which always results in a pay off at a later time. Next to this, there is also love, which follows the characters in every move. Well written, hence, easy to read. Many gems of ideas in this one. Hope to read Shogun soon, expectations are pretty high after this.