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Shogun: A Novel of Japan [Hardcover]

James Clavell
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June 1975
A bold English adventurer. An invincible Japanese warlord. A beautiful woman torn between two ways of life, two ways of love. All brought together in an extraordinary saga of a time and a place aflame with conflict, passion, ambition, lust, and the struggle for power...
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"Superbly crafted...grips the reader like a riptide...gets the juices flowing!"—Washington Star

"Exciting, totally absorbing...be prepared for late nights, meals unlasting, buisness unattended..."—Philadelphia Inquirer

"Adventure and action, the suspense of danger, shocking, touching human relationships...a climactic human story." —Los Angeles Times

“A tale surging with action, intrigue and love...a huge cast…vast and dramatic ...stunning…savage...beautiful...an extraordinary performance.”
Publishers Weekly

“I can’t remember when a novel has seized my mind like this one....It’s not only something you read–you live it.” –New York Times Book Review
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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 saga of a time and place aflame with conflict, passion, ambition, lust and the struggle for power.

"Superbly crafted. . .grips the reader like a riptide. . .gets the juices flowing!"--Washington Star.

"Exciting, totally absorbing. . .be prepared for late nights, meals unlasting, buisness unattended. . ."--Philadelphia Inquirer.

"Adventure and action, the suspense of danger, shocking, touching human relationships. . .a climactic human story."--Los Angeles Times. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Epic, Page-Turning, Masterpiece Aug. 13 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I read Shogun within months of arriving in East Asia to work. Having recently graduated college, I finally had time for recreational reading. With Shogun, be prepared to make time as you'll end up missing meals, meetings and sleep. Clavell transports the reader to feudal Japan over 400 years ago and never lets you leave! I can't remember another book ever having the same impact on my relationship to reading. I guarantee you'll be rewarded immensely for buying this book! It's an epic, page-turning masterpiece.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shogun Jan. 19 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
One of the greatest book of all time. This is the third time I read this book since it came out in 76-77. Everytime is different and better. What a great writer
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5.0 out of 5 stars My all time favorite novel!!! May 5 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The best book I've ever experienced!!! note:There are some historic inconsitincies such as the name of Toranaga is actually named Tokugawa. The clash of western civilization and eastern civilization in the beginning of the 17th century is told very well in this story. It is a very long read but, by the time you finish you want more!! It is an epic, action, suspense, romance novel, filled with all the elements of a great read. ---the greatest novel I've read so far!!!!!!
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By NeuroSplicer HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
This is the novel that introduced the Samurai's bushido, daimyos rivalries and the bakufu Shogunate to the average westerner. Through the eyes of a shipwrecked navigator, Blackthorn, a previously hermetically closed world is revealed.

From battle ethics and sepuku to hygiene and tea ceremonies, the interwoven narrative lines flow harmonically, like carps in a Zen rock garden pool. Beautiful, economical and seamless, Clavell's insights on human nature have produced another Masterpiece.

Like most of James Clavell's novels, SHOGUN is a thinly veiled historical story. There was a "Blackthorn" (English pilot William Adams), as well as a "Torenaga" (Shogun Tokugawa whose dynasty ruled Japan for over 200 years). However, like most James Clavell's novels, the story comes alive in some many ways it is pure enjoyment!

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

PS:
There is a 1980 TV mini series based on this book - of comparable merit. Casting Toshiro Mifune and Richard Chamberlain was just the tip of the iceberg. Truly beautiful production.
Nevertheless, my advice is to first read the book and only THEN watch the TV version.
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By NeuroSplicer HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
This is the novel that introduced the Samurai's bushido, daimyos rivalries and the bakufu Shogunate to the average westerner. Through the eyes of a shipwrecked navigator, Blackthorn, a previously hermetically closed world is revealed.

From battle ethics and sepuku to hygiene and tea ceremonies, the interwoven narrative lines flow harmonically, like carps in a Zen rock garden pool. Beautiful, economical and seamless, Clavell's insights on human nature have produced another Masterpiece.

Like most of James Clavell's novels, SHOGUN is a thinly veiled historical story. There was a "Blackthorn" (English pilot William Adams), as well as a "Torenaga" (Shogun Tokugawa whose dynasty ruled Japan for over 200 years). However, like most James Clavell's novels, the story comes alive in some many ways it is pure enjoyment!

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

PS:
There is a 1980 TV mini series based on this book - of comparable merit. Casting Toshiro Mifune and Richard Chamberlain was just the tip of the iceberg. Truly beautiful production.
Nevertheless, my advice is to first read the book and only THEN watch the TV version.
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By NeuroSplicer HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
This is the novel that introduced the Samurai's bushido, daimyos rivalries and the bakufu Shogunate to the average westerner. Through the eyes of a shipwrecked navigator, Blackthorn, a previously hermetically closed world is revealed.

From battle ethics and sepuku to hygiene and tea ceremonies, the interwoven narrative lines flow harmonically, like carps in a Zen rock garden pool. Beautiful, economical and seamless, Clavell's insights on human nature have produced another Masterpiece.

Like most of James Clavell's novels, SHOGUN is a thinly veiled historical story. There was a "Blackthorn" (English pilot William Adams), as well as a "Torenaga" (Shogun Tokugawa whose dynasty ruled Japan for over 200 years). However, like most James Clavell's novels, the story comes alive in some many ways it is pure enjoyment!

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

PS:
There is a 1980 TV mini series based on this book - of comparable merit. Casting Toshiro Mifune and Richard Chamberlain was just the tip of the iceberg. Truly beautiful production.
Nevertheless, my advice is to first read the book and only THEN watch the TV version.
Was this review helpful to you?
By NeuroSplicer HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the novel that introduced the Samurai's bushido, daimyos rivalries and the bakufu Shogunate to the average westerner. Through the eyes of a shipwrecked navigator, Blackthorn, a previously hermetically closed world is revealed.

From battle ethics and sepuku to hygiene and tea ceremonies, the interwoven narrative lines flow harmonically, like carps in a Zen rock garden pool. Beautiful, economical and seamless, Clavell's insights on human nature have produced another Masterpiece.

Like most of James Clavell's novels, SHOGUN is a thinly veiled historical story. There was a "Blackthorn" (English pilot William Adams), as well as a "Torenaga" (Shogun Tokugawa whose dynasty ruled Japan for over 200 years). However, like most James Clavell's novels, the story comes alive in some many ways it is pure enjoyment!

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

PS:
There is a 1980 TV mini series based on this book - of comparable merit. Casting Toshiro Mifune and Richard Chamberlain was just the tip of the iceberg. Truly beautiful production.
Nevertheless, my advice is to first read the book and only THEN watch the TV version.
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2.0 out of 5 stars 1st time, last time??
The book was advertised as having "light wear, in good condition". True
I would've appreciated a dust cover, or being aware it would come without. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Warren Bates
5.0 out of 5 stars TRIUIMPH OF STORYTELLING
This novel of over a 1000 pages is the first in a series of Asian sagas by John Clavell. It was Clavells' first novel, & in my opinion his best. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Jerlaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Became one with the story
I know this is an old book by contemporary standards, but I just read it. WOW! I became one with the book as Blackthorne, and the story and all the love and excitement and you... Read more
Published on July 17 2004 by Dave
5.0 out of 5 stars The Conversion of Master Pilot Blackthorne.
I was first attracted to "Shogun"'s world by the TV series. First puzzled, then absorbed, waiting each week for the next step. Read more
Published on July 16 2004 by Maximiliano F Yofre
1.0 out of 5 stars beep
This was by far the best historica.l fictional book of all tombs
Published on July 9 2004 by Rita Coderre
5.0 out of 5 stars "Is this the Japans????"
Epic tale of a seafaring Englishman who gets shipwrecked in 17th century feudal Japan and caught up in the local struggles and intrigues. Read more
Published on June 29 2004 by Johnny Zhivago
5.0 out of 5 stars A great tale
I gets convuluted along the way, but when I first read it, I couldn't put it down. I think I read it a 2 or 3 days. The mini-series didn't do it justice. Read more
Published on June 11 2004 by Jorge Barbarosa
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