The classic samurai novel about the real exploits of the most famous swordsman 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 SamuraiThe classic samurai novel about the real exploits of the most famous swordsman 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.
Musashi The classic samurai novel about the real exploits of the most famous swordsman Musashi is a novel in the best tradition of Japanese story telling It is a living story subtle and imaginative teeming
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 [...]
wowat 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 howeverat 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 musa [...]
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 f [...]
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.
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 att [...]
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 anyonewell, anyone who loves sword fighting.
A very weighty historical novel about samurai I thought I d like this a lot than I did I might try again later.
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 [...]
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 incidentally, 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 th [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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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 dibicarak [...]
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 [...]
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 focused on the p [...]
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.
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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 prender 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 del [...]
Shinmen Takezo, che cambier il suo nome nell universalmente noto Musashi Miyamoto, 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, ben pi spirituale che tecnico, a dispetto di quanto potrebbe pensare chi inquadra Musashi semplicemente come guerriero Non un caso che [...]
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 pi a staccartene Pur essendo la storia di Musashi, il cast di personaggi ampissimo, e copre tante tematiche Ogni storia, anche la pi piccola, s intreccia poi in un disegno pi grande un ottimo romanzo d intrattenimento, ma anche un ottimo libro di storia perch pieno di particolari, notizie di costume e descrizioni sulla vita in Giappone Ho imparato senza sforzo un sa [...]
Eiji Yoshikawa l autore di questo lungo, lunghissimo romanzo che mi ha tenuto impegnata per diversi mesi perch 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 stancher mai ed avrete sempre voglia di bere da questa sorgent [...]
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 enpedia wiki Miyamoto 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 sugges [...]
Mi 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 pu avere la filosofia e la profondit di alcuni pensieri che, di tanto in tanto, intervallano l azione.Non [...]
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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 buka [...]
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 [...]
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 battles The story does start to be 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 consumin [...]
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.