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  1. Rob Rob says:

    So sorry, I am not worthy of the honor of reviewing this novel If however, my Lord insists it, then I shall endeavor to offer up some humble thoughts regarding its mighty, even epic narrative Neh The scope is so vast, the characters and settings are so many, the head is liable to spin at times, so sorry But the arc it follows is like a peregrine s path through the sky long but fast and with vicious twists along what might otherwise have seemed a predictable path I m sure my Lord would agree that parts of the story can become quite tedious I am not speaking of the slow to develop romance between Mariko and the Anjin san nor even of the dueling political machinations of Toranaga and Ishido No, Sire This humble vassal speaks to the text and how Japanese is interwoven with the barbarian words in so many places And then how barbarian words come even to replace Japanese Or barbarian words standing in for the words of other barbarian tongues If you ll excuse this vassal s petulant tongue, Sire, it s enough to make one fart dust, so sorry But these tedious affectations do blend in after a while, neh and the narrative is quite the enjoyable one full of so much intrigue and humor A rousing and enjoyable tale of which I am not worthy to comment further Please, I cannot live with this shame Please allow me to commit seppuku at once.

  2. Julio Genao Julio Genao says:

    As a picture of Japanese history it suffers from what another reviewer hilariously called I paraphrase, here our round eyed western mythologized POV Which, okay it was written in the 70 s, after all.But as a story OMFG what a fucking story.I fell into this book as a teenager and didn t come back out until I d read 600,000 words and had a conversational grasp of transliterated Japanese.Three days Three days of bliss.I dare you to read this and not at the earliest opportunity call someone a gaijin in pitying tones bows stiffly

  3. Manny Manny says:

    Japanese people tell me that it s all nonsense samurai were not in fact ready to commit seppuku at the slightest provocation They had a strong sense of honor, but were also interested in staying alive Well, fancy that Though I m embarrassed to admit that I believed it when I read the book I wish a Japanese author would return the compliment, and write a similarly bogus historical blockbuster about a Japanese hero visiting Europe during the late 16th century and helping Queen Elizabeth I sort out the Spanish Armada, or whatever If it already exists, someone needs to translate it

  4. Fiona Fiona says:

    I have had this book for quite some time in my collection, probably over five years in fact and it wasn t until recently I picked it up, due to a good friend here on GoodReads who prized it as a favourite book Strangely, I d say that I have no real interest in Japan despite having read Memoirs of a Geisha and Tales of the Otori both which are set in Japan or Japanese based I think Shogun has brought me out of the closet in that respect and I m very interested now in reading fiction set in Japan and perhaps also some non fiction I can see the appeal for many people who become obsessed with this side of the world I thought it was a beautifully written book, though at the beginning I thought perhaps the necessary explanations of Japanese things to be a bit heavy handed at times However it has an addictive quality the story never stops, the characters are interesting and unpredictable They say one thing and mean another, always plotting and planning and you can never be sure what will happen in the next few pages.The love story between Blackthorne and Mariko is one of the most beautiful, and best written love stories I have ever read So beautiful, so true and so real that even now thinking of it, I feel personally touched.The characters are so real they live in you It is a story that exists not within the pages but somewhere in that world between book and soul I am so glad I read this Edited to Say Whenever I listen to the soundtracks of Memoirs of a Geisha or The Last Samurai I think of Shogun now, as I read it to that music I am listening to it right now and I feel such longing to be reading this for the first time over again It is strange how music and books and smells and other senses effect your memories.

  5. Hasham Rasool Hasham Rasool says:

    The Asian Saga the bestselling novel of feudal Japan.Oh my What an awesome book Alhamdulillah I would recommend anyone who likes to read historical fiction to read this book Inshallah I find it very fascinating to see and learn about Japanese s culture in the book.James Clavell was one of the great authors That s my opinion.My favourite characters are John Blackthorne and Lord Toranaga Shogun is one of my favourite books I love this book so much Alhamdulillah Shogun is my number one favourite classic book.James Clavell, the son of a Royal Navy family, was educated in Portsmouth before as a young artillery officer, he was captured by the Japanese at the Fall of Singapore He spent the rest of World War II in the infamous Changi that his bestselling novel King Rat was based The interest in Asia, its people and culture continued with Tai Pan, a tale of Canton and Hong Kong in mid 19th century and the founding of an Anglo Chinese trading company, Struan s This was followed by the classic Shogun , the story of Japan during the period when Europe began to make an impact on the island people of the Rising Sun Noble House , the fourth novel in the Asian Saga published in 1981, continued the story of Struan s the Hong Kong trading company, as the winds of change blew through the Far East Whirlwind , set in Iran continued the saga His last novel Gai Jin , is set in Japan in 1862, when the Tai Pan of the Noble House seeks to profit from the decline of the Shogunate James Clavell lived for many years in Vancouver and Los Angeles, before settling in Switzerland, where he died in 1994.

  6. Sophie Sophie says:

    Yes I read 1,152 pages of a book I liked less and less as the pages went by I could have given this 3 stars, maybe, but I was so unsatisfied with it all that I can t do it.It isn t even that it was unreadable considering its size, it was a fast read, even though I had to use some special motivational tricks in the end when I just wanted to get it over with The main problem was that there wasn t a single character I really liked, and god, I hate Blackthorne from the bottom of my very soul It s been a while since a fictional character irritated me as much as he did I should have known when one of the first things we learn about him was that he has a huge cock Ah, I don t know, I m being a bit unfair, maybe, but really I think apart from the permanent POV switches and the weirdly transcribed Japanese and sometimes just plain wrong Japanese correct me if I m wrong, but I doubt that konbanwa ever was used as a morning greeting what annoyed me most that I spent 1,000 pages reading in anticipation of a battle only to realize at page 1,000 that there probably wasn t going to be one I just thought there d be about the actual Torunaga becoming Shogun or whatever, although all the planning and intrigues were somewhat interesting I also suspect my main problem with the book was its length the things I found annoying maybe wouldn t have been as annoying if there had only been 500 pages of them And to be fair, it may have suffered a bit in comparison to Bring up the bodies , one of the most remarkable and well written historical novels I ve read And the latter is written from a single POV, which is much interesting, in my opinion Oh, it s not that multiple POVs are bad, but is it really necessary to the include five sentences from the POV of a Japanese captain we ll never see again just to underscore how awesome Blackthorne is And is it necessary to repeat the part about his cock again and again In the end, if I could turn back time two weeks I d tell myself not to bother The only really memorable scene for me is the one where Mariko talks to him about pillowing a word that had me gnashing my teeth after the 200th time it was used almost as badly as thee First, she suggests he sleep with one or three of the servant ladies in the room, then she suggests a boy He goes apeshit at that suggestion, and then one of the samurai in the room suggests Mariko ask him whether he d prefer a duck or a sheep She doesn t, of course, but even after the fight settles down, the samurai again suggest they could get a duck, just set in the room and see I think that guy was my favourite character.

  7. Mr. Person Mr. Person says:

    This is the Clavell novel that most people have read which is too bad, because in many ways, it is not his best.Which is not to say it s not very good it is It s amazing It s well, just ask anyone who s read it you ll not find someone who didn t like it But the historical anthropology of the book isn t as well integrated into the narrative as it is in, say, Whirlwind or Noble House That being said, this is a remarkable work it is perhaps the most sweeping of Clavell s epics, in that it covers greater distance and time than his other books do And, despite the fact that the cultural anthropology isn t seamlessly welded to the plot, it is certainly always engaging and one of the most rewarding parts about reading the book.It is also remarkable what Clavell the person has done with this work Having learned to hate the Japanese at Changi a WWII POW camp in Malaysia , Clavell set out at the end of the war to try and understand them, and to uncover the cultural roots that would birth the place that gave him rebirth In Shogun, Clavell has stared into the shadowy face of the other, and met it with empathy and understanding And, ultimately, love.

  8. Yona Yona says:

    I ll sum up my review here in the combined edition It s than 1200 pages long and it s not long enough This book can be described with only one word amazing The first page sucks you in and keep you in the edge till the end You never know what will happen next and what awaits in the next corner Shogun showed me a new side of the world, it changed my views on many things, and made me understand just as many things I had one page till the end and I had no idea what will happen, the end was something I didn t expect but in the same time perfect And i wanted to read and and The writing style is amazing You can feel the waves, smell the salty waters, feel the emotions I felt myself smiling in places where in other books I would be crying This will be a book I will be rereading many many times and I know I will love it with every rereading and I will be learning something new And the story will stay with me forever And I will be going to bed tonight with a smile on my face, thinking about this amazing masterpiece I recommend this book to everyone.

  9. Mike Mike says:

    This book struck me as the love child of Game of Thrones and Under Heaven which is tricky since this book was written in the 1970 s I imagine time travel was involved This book had the political maneuvering and fight scenes reminiscent of Game of Thrones and the wide ranging narrative and historical context of Under Heaven In this case early 17th century Japan the Sengoku Period , a time of great uncertainty and flux It is in this heady brew of intrigue and power politics that the story unfolds.This book is populated by a wide range of characters, from John Blackthorne, an English ship pilot marooned in Japan who is based on a historical figure William Adams that Wikipedia article will spoil the conclusion of the book for you, FYI , Toranaga, a Japanese Daimyo engaged in a sort of Cold War with other Regents, Mariko, a wife of one of Toranaga s vassals and fluent in several European languages, Jesuits, samurai friendly and otherwise , consorts, and Portuguese traders to name but a few While one of the main characters is the stereotypical white, strapping, male protagonist this story by no means revolves around him In fact he is often the pawn of others than a force of nature out nativing the natives Each of the characters have their own motivations and goals that at times align with other characters goals and at other times conflicts with them My favorite parts were where the characters were scheming and trying to politically maneuver others to gain an advantage.Clavell does a great job making the reader understand the political dynamics of a damn complicated situation And not just the current conditions, but the history that led the characters to where they are Clavell is able to impart this knowledge in a natural and smooth manner, never resulting to unwieldy info dumps that take the reader out of the flow of the story We learn about the world both as Blackthorne does and in conversations between other characters.I think the strongest aspect of this book was the characters All of them were very vividly realized and you got a very strong understanding of what their motivations were, why they acted the way they did, and what drove their decisions They were all fully formed individuals with virtues and vices that suited their personal histories At no point did I feel Clavell made a character do something that was not informed by that character s nature The story was advanced in line with character developments and choices, not simply because it had to advance And it wasn t a male dominated cast by any means The female characters were just as important and competent as the men if not so in some cases In fact I would put Mariko on my list of top line badass characters for all she accomplishes and does in this book.Now I cannot speak to the accuracy of the Japan Clavell created It was sort of a slight skewing of historical events in a manner similar to Under Heaven Names and places were changed a bit as were some relationships between historically inspired characters, but I don t think this detracted from the story one bit I approached it as a work of pure fiction and accepted the world Clavell laid down without worrying about how authentic his portrayal of Samurai or ninjas or Japanese society was This book isn t meant to be a history book, but a historical fiction with liberties taken to make the story enjoyable and engaging.I will say the first hundred pages were a bit slow, but there was some necessary world and character building in them that set the stage for the rest of the story to build on I found the story itself highly engrossing with all manner of twists and turns coming up and complicated mix of alliances and shared interests shifting over the course of the book It mixed wonderfully with the characters with both reinforcing the best aspects of the other The story had everything humor, tragedy, romance, adventure, and intriguing all woven together with a deft pen.Simply put this was an engrossing if long book that explored some fascinating characters and real world circumstances they found themselves in No character is safe from death and often the best laid plans go awry only to be replaced with best laid plans that, well, also go awry If you enjoy historical fictions or political thrillers this could be right up your alley.

  10. Alex Alex says:

    Here s a book about Japan written 40 years ago by a white guy, and that means we get to play our favorite game Is It Racist And unfortunately you get everyone s least favorite answer Sortof The only really bad part is that all the Japanese ladies are like obsessed with how huge white guys dicks are, sigh The rest of it is pretty much your run of the mill Asian glorification, look how wise and noble they are, do you know they have this thing where they drink tea from an empty cup, so deep, watch me write a haiku You ll live The penis thing is annoying.The book itself is, honestly, it s a fantasy book It s like the Robert Jordan books It s probably like the Game of Thrones books but I ve only seen the show It s one of those sprawling epics with lots of characters and pages and politics and armies and a pawn slowly becomes a queen and it s all a great deal of fun even though it somehow manages to not wrap up any of its storylines I m going to go ahead and call it Game of Thrones with ninjas because let s face it, we ve got to call something that, and did you hear me say ninjas Oh yes, there are ninjas And samurai and geishas and seppuku and just all kinds of Japan crap It sounds like someone s playing Asian Stereotype Bingo but the weird part is, all of this actually happened Around 1600, a superfamous dude named Tokugawa Toranaga in the book tried to unify Japan view spoiler it worked hide spoiler

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Shōgun ➞ [Epub] ❥ Shōgun By James Clavell ➨ – Librarian s note An alternate cover edition can be found hereA bold English adventurer An invincible Japanese warlord A beautiful woman torn between two ways of life, two ways of love All brought tog Librarian s note An alternate cover edition can be found hereA 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.

  • Paperback
  • 1152 pages
  • Shōgun
  • James Clavell
  • English
  • 23 December 2019
  • 9780440178002

About the Author: James Clavell

James Clavell, born Charles Edmund Dumaresq Clavell was a British novelist, screenwriter, director and World War II veteran and POW Clavell is best known for his epic Asian Saga series of novels and their televised adaptations, along with such films as The Great Escape, The Fly and To Sir, with Love James Clavell , November In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.