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Overall, I am greatly impressed by “Cloud of Sparrows” and I look forward to reading “Autumn Bridge” by the same author. Description In the yearin the highest tower of Cloud of Sparrows Castle, a beautiful woman sits by the window, watching as enemies gather below and fires spread through the night. Lord Genji, like one member of each generation in his family, is gifted with prophetic visions and he has foreseen that his life will be saved by an outsider.

Ada 2 wanita dalam hidup Genji di buku pertama ini. There are multiple plots ranging from the questionable loyalty of Genji’s advisors, the bloody past of one of the missionaries, and the relationship between Genji and his geisha. Set at end of the Edo period, the last years of the samurai, the book opens 6 years after Japan opened its borders to foreigners for the first time in Cloud of Sparrows reads like a cross between an action film, a western, and a cheesy melodrama.

The missionaries are also shocked by the violence that the samurai so easily administer, such as seppuku ritual suicide. Siamo nell’annoquando Genji Okumichi, daimyo di Akaoka, riceve nel suo territorio lo sbarco di alcuni missionari cristiani, tra cui si trova Emily, che gli appare immediatamente brutta: The prose is very good for a debut novel, and if it didn’t capture the lyrical nature of the Japanese cultural identity as convincing as I would have liked, it made up for it in historical context and ordinary life details from the period.

It was interesting to read the clash of cultures between Japan and the rest of the world, such as how one would perceive beauty and express its appreciation. It’s worth taking a slow ride. The book also has an element of magic. The biggest strength of the books is having characters that you grow to like commit the worst acts of cruelty because of this class system and their sense of duty.


The book has a nice balance between action, suspense, and subdued peace.

Kastel Awan Burung Gereja (Samurai, #1) by Takashi Matsuoka

The american actors are a fiery pastor trying to establish a Christian mission and convert the “heathens” with the help of his fiance and a new recruit that hides a past career as fast gun and bank robber in Texas.

Published by Qanita first published Looking for beautiful books? Emily, too, soon finds herself at a turning point; courted by two westerners, she knows her heart belongs to the one man she cannot have. I found it interesting how the author used this in conjunction with Zen Buddhism to show how Genji is able to lead and what drives him. Even a daimyo – a Great Lord, who is answerable only to the Shogun and the Emperor – cannot really do what he pleases because he is required to adhere to the unspoken, age-old codes of conduct which have governed the actions of every individual from every social stratum throughout Japan for centuries.

I confess that I am not very fond of novels about Medieval Japan written by westerns. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

The author depicts what the samurai were in interesting ways. The conflict between the Eastern and Western cultures is moved from toand the strongarming of the Tokugawa Shogunate by American and European warships into opening the country for trade or legalized robbery as it turned out.

At the same time, this difference is also balanced by how compromises can be reached, even th In spite of the bloody, brutal and gory scenes, I found myself liking this book. Dispatched from the UK in 3 business days When will my order arrive?


I would mqtsuoka preferred it if the story didn’t have any supernatural elements. masuoka

El honor del samurai / Autumn Bridge

This is definitely a hard concept for the western mind to relate to, but this is where I love to read Japanese historicals and even any Japanese fiction that is written by a Japanese author. A streamlined version of Shogun, sacrificing some of the depth of characterization and subtlety of political power games in favor of extra servings of ninja duels, geisha seductions and personal vendettas.

The author took you back and forth in time flawlessly. In spite of the bloody, brutal and gory scenes, I found myself liking this book. Want to Read saving….

It remains the ideal period setting to reflect upon the str When a psychologically disturbed senior samurai shows up who masters the art of fighting with two katanasyou know you’re in Shogun territory. For some characters, their adventures lead to increased self —knowledge and increasingly, tolerance. There are a few X words to pass over in the beginning only. Other books in the series. Matthew Stark- here to accompany Emily, but is a straight up killer from Texas I think if you had a prior understanding of Japanese culture it would make the story much more interesting as some actions in the story do not fit western culture.

Genji’s subtle attentions towards the well-being of the people around him show life between the lines of history. Before commiting full time to the writing profession, he used to work at a Zen Buddhist temple.

Selama percakapan Genji dengan Heiko, semua aktivitas di sekitarnya berhenti.

To make the story more gripping, Matsuoka inserted an element of the supernatural in the story and this adds suspense to the narrative. And the research seemed very solid, though I’m no scholar of the place or time being honlr.