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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If you compare the TV series with the novel there are obvious shortcomings. I was browsing through my parent’s library and found the book.

It is also remarkable what Clavell the person has done with this work. They also brought with them Catholicism, with the aim of converting the heathens in Japan. Hell, I don’t know, how about you chop off the last pages that include shogjn giant battle you’ve been building up to in the first thousand pages?

Commendable, considering that before arriving in Japan he’d been a raping, murdering and pillaging pirate.

Blackthorne’s plans to attack the ‘Black Ship’ are also complicated by his respect and friendship for his Portuguese colleague, Rodrigues, who is now to pilot the shogub. I like a good adventure story, I also like a good solid novel with engaging characters and a unique narrative: Through his heroism he is made Samurai and becomes a valuable asset to lord Toranaga, a major overlord vying for domination of Japan.

Still, it’s a great book. And when someone’s story-telling is so literal, there’s not much left to look for other than the plot. Too often, it seems that authors who incorporate religion into their stories “pick a team” and then write the story around why their team is the winning team. This book said a lot more about late 20th century America than Imperial Japan at the dawn of the 17th century, but its plot was compelling enough and it gave me enough Richard CHamberlain flashbacks for me to finish.


My favourite characters are John Blackthorne and Lord Toranaga. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Jul 27, Sophie rated it did not like it Shelves: Return to Book Page.

Could that possibly be true? AjiroJapan Tokyo Japan. If you read that, this is actually the first of the series, so you’re not missing anything.

Shōgun (Asian Saga, #1) by James Clavell

I recommend this book to everyone. A co This is The One Lcavell favourite book of all time. He is so multi-faceted and unpredictable that he was a flavell to read.

D The plot is complex and very political I thought I will never find something like Shantaram again but I somehow did find it in Shogun although both have their differences as well as similarities. Galbraith IV, Stuart The penis thing is annoying. It’s more than pages long and it’s not long enough.

Shogun, Part 1

Other books in the series. Articles containing potentially dated englieh from All articles containing potentially dated statements. Books by James Clavell. The author knew Asia and Japan well and describes feudal Japan in wonderful detail. Aug 19, Julio Genao rated it really liked it Recommended to Julio by: Even Ralph Lister’s fan-fucking-tastic reading of this book couldn’t pull those burrs out of my listening saddle.


Some male narrators sound enflish when doing women, not David Case. An invincible Japanese warlord.

As for the broader scope, it seemed to me Clavell took great pains to show the strength of women in the Japanese culture. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide.

By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. Blackthorne soon becomes infatuated with her, but Mariko is already married, englissh their budding romance is ultimately doomed by future circumstances. Pleased to find memory of goldfish so remembered almost nothing from previous read and that had seriously done an injustice with previous rating, The writing isnt always frist class but at the same time Clavell perfectly encaptures the delicacies of the Samurai code of honour and Japanese life at that time.

Feb 27, Velin rated it it was amazing. 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.

Shogun : A Novel of Japan

View all 3 comments. Mom focused on buying big thick books and Shogun was one of those books. Blackthorne supervises the construction of a new ship, The Ladywith funds Mariko left to him in her will for this very purpose. Incredible insight into the Japanese culture before the European invasion.