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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Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Shogun, Part 1 by James Clavell. Shogun, Part 1 Shogun 1 by James Clavell. This is James Clavell’s tour-de-force; an epic saga of one Pilot-Major John Blackthorne, and his integration into the struggles and strife of feudal Japan. Starting with his shipwreck shogub this most alien clavfll shores, the novel charts Blackthorne’s rise from the status of revi This is James Clavell’s tour-de-force; an epic saga of one Pilot-Major John Blackthorne, and his integration into the struggles and strife of feudal Japan.
Starting englizh his engkish on this most alien of shores, the novel charts Blackthorne’s rise from the status of reviled foreigner up to the heights of trusted advisor and eventually, Samurai. All as civil war looms over the fragile country. HardcoverBook Club Editionpages. Shogun 1Asian Saga: Publication Order 3, part 1 of 2Asian Saga: Chronological Order 1, part 1 of 2more. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Shogun, Part 1please sign up.
Tara It’s the first in the series. I read “Noble House” and enjoyed it enough to read the entire series. See 2 questions about Shogun, Part 1…. Lists with This Book. Jun 16, Luke Presley rated it really liked it. Shogun is a great read that provides insight into Japanese culture and politics but it isn’t great literature. On a recent episode of This Jamess LifeStephanie Foo tells the story of a Japanese man, Nasubi, who endured 15 months of starvation, deprivation and isolation for a reality TV show.
He could have walked out, called his friends, gone home, jamess dressed and eaten meat but he stayed with it simply because he had verbally committed to do so. The psychological impact was so severe that he Shogun is a great read that provides insight into Japanese culture and politics but it isn’t great literature. The psychological impact was so severe that he lost the ability to maintain prolonged discussions and wearing clothes made him sweaty and uncomfortable.
The show made him wildly famous but the fame faded quickly. It didn’t make him rich. Today, he isn’t significantly better claell than when he started. How could a verbal commitment be so compelling?
Nasubi said it was simply part of the Japanese character. Could that possibly jamess true?
Shogun, a novel about a British pilot marooned in Japan aroundcorroborates Nasubi’s stated motivation. It’s best approached as a fictionalized anthropological text with the adventure and intrigue turned up to The surface focus of the book is on grand, predictable story arcs: On their own, these plot lines and character are enjoyable but thin.
They’re acceptable but not extraordinary summer reading. However, a thorough and compelling exploration of Japanese politics and culture courses through it all and elevates it to a story worth reading. For example, Shogun showed me how important duty was to these Japanese of englissh time. It was expected that a lord would ask his vassal samurai to commit suicide if that vassal failed in a task. It was expected that peasants cllavell be killed in bulk if they failed to meet a quota.
None of this was seen as particularly ja,es or cruel, it was accepted as a necessary ingredient for a successful community. These suicides were predictably tinged clavelk sadness but they were also infused with honor. Did Nasubi inherit some sense of this duty? I’m going to assume so. I doubt he would commit suicide but I’m willing to believe that he’d undergo extreme hardship simply because he felt he was committed to it.
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I don’t know how accurate Clavell was. Wikipedia tells me it was based on the true story of William Adams, the first Englishman to land in Japan whose story shares the same arc as the protagonist of Shogun. Wikipedia also tells me that the novel is frequently used in university courses as source material. I’m inclined to believe that Clavell got his cultural studies right.
If you’re interested in Japan, in how cultures clash or in cultural studies more broadly I’d recommend the book. If you’re looking for compelling plots, rich characters or great literature in general you can pass it up.
Dec 28, James McAllister rated it sshogun was amazing Shelves: The Shogun novels were written by James Clavell who had been a prisoner of war in a Japanese jaames camp Changi- Singapore. His experiences there led him to find out what kind of people the Japanese were clagell 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 clagell place for prisoners but there was honour and duty and ‘a code’ in the Japanese Army.
The book itself is excellent and bu The Shogun novels were written by James Clavell who had been a prisoner of war in a Japanese prison camp Changi- Singapore.
The book itself is excellent and builds the shoguun 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 seppukuthe 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. I remember clavelk I was still in school; there was a question which was occasionally being asked in our exams- Who colonized Kenya?
France Yes, the British colonized Kenya. First they arrived like Missionaries. Their aim, to spread the word of God.
They found our religion, if we had one, apathetic. They wanted to shine sbogun light into our dark hearts, clean us of our cultural filth. Clavel 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?
Salesmen will tell you that, all they need is to get a foot inside the door and they will sell you anything. That was the work of the missionaries. Having established their feet inside the door, it took them no effort before they could have their full body inside.
After the missionaries, came the traders and then the colonialists.
Within no tome, Kenya was declared a protectorate of the majesty, her highness the queen. All land without any semblance of authority belonged to her. The natives were pushed into native camps. Our way of life and culture was eroded. They termed it as backwards. They spread Christianity and some of our leaders were converted to Christianity.
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There was war, to those who dared to rebel. Our leaders, some of them rebelled and they were met with strong opposition from the British. They wanted wealth, minerals and raw products for their factories iames their country. They also wanted slaves for labor back in their country.
So they traded with the locals for these slaves. Long story short, they ended up partitioning Kenya and enforcing their own laws.
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They build schools, hospitals, roads, railway line etc. We gained independence in the year after the Mau Mau war. Reading Shogun, brings back those memories as Japan tries to establish and maintain stability wnglish their leaders, in the lcavell. This, among other challenges facing the empire.
There are also the traders and barbarians in the empire who cannot be trusted. They brought with them guns, gun powder, cannons etc under the cover of trade prospects. They also brought with them Catholicism, with the aim of converting the heathens in Japan. So now, the country has to try and maintain peace among their leaders, keep close watch of the barbarians and Christians, ensure the growth of the empire and maintain their culture.
An epic historical saga! The events take place in Japan! I have so many times wanted to drop this book and get another one because: It’s big, it’s historical, it’s cultural, it’s adventurous, it’s religious etc.