Musashi Epub å Paperback

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10 thoughts on “Musashi

  1. Alger Alger says:

    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 cam 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 an end The young son of a country samurai, Shinmen Takezo, goes to fight for the Toyotomi at Sekigahara and opens the book prostrate on the ground with two bullets in his thigh He escapes the carnage of the battle to his home province and emerges from this ordeal not as the noble warrior he intended, but rather as a savage bandit However, through the intervention of an old friend he is brought to justice and given a second chance and a new name He is locked in a room of the Lord s castle for three years straight with only treatises on war, religion, and the classics of both Japan and China From this incarceration he emerged a new man Musashi is offered a position as reatiner to the Tokugawa governor, but instead decides to journey across Japan to hone his swordsmanship To do this Musashi doesthan practice drawing and swinging a sword To achieve this he studies calligraphy, painting, sculprture, agriculture, and music, all in the the pursuit of perfection as a swordsman The book takes us through the highlights of Musashi s career from Sekigahara , to his legendary feud with the Yoshioka sword school of Kyoto to it s culmination at the Duel of the Spreading Pine, finalizing with his infamous duel with the sword saint, Sasaki Kojiro, on Funajima Island Musashi evolves constantly as a character, as does his rival, Kojiro Both men are near facsimilies of each other, the difference of which makes the book and the unfolding of both the aforementioned s destinies so tantalizing


  2. Olivia Olivia says:

    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 at best, and the plot is sort of repetitive.If you re interested in samurais and Japanese culture, give it a try.


  3. aaron aaron says:

    wowthat 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 howeverthat 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 yosh wowthat 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 howeverthat 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 musashi miyamoto, a wandering ronin samurai during the edo period 1600 s of feudal japan this is the time when samurai were still prevalent by the advent of muskets was starting to take over the story the yoshikawa san unfurls is a fantastic epic of the nature of the way of the sword it was of fairness, fierceness, and unyielding strength, and musashi was the height of that ideal i highly recommend this to those like me who have a fascination with japanese history and the way of the samurai in general also, there is a beautiful love story mixed in the pages also highly dramatized but wonderful non the less that makes one believe that true love may actually exist out there if you read itplease give it the time because it is slow at pointsbut the end result is well worth the time and effortand that is just how musashi would have it


  4. Jasper Jasper says:

    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 fir 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 few chapters the meetings with Sasaki Kojir are probably an exception to this.I realize the simplicity of the writing might fit the underlying Japanese values but I think it really did not reflect the complexities of the society and the characters it is trying to describe It seems to me people in traditional Japan would haveon their mind than Miyamoto alone But mostly, after a couple of hundred pages, I became annoyed with the fact that while walking all over Japan, Musashi seems to run into the exact same people everywhere


  5. Radiantflux Radiantflux says:

    26th book for 2019.This much loved epic, which originally appeared as a series of Japanese newspaper installments in the 1930s, chronicles the rise of one of Japan s greatest samurai and swordsmen, Miyamoto Musashi Despite it s nearly 1000 page length, I found it a fun, quick ish read, which enriched my understanding of samurai warrior code and culture this grew out of It has influenced numerous films and books relating to Japanese culture even the final battle scene in Kill Bill 1 seems to 26th book for 2019.This much loved epic, which originally appeared as a series of Japanese newspaper installments in the 1930s, chronicles the rise of one of Japan s greatest samurai and swordsmen, Miyamoto Musashi Despite it s nearly 1000 page length, I found it a fun, quick ish read, which enriched my understanding of samurai warrior code and culture this grew out of It has influenced numerous films and books relating to Japanese culture even the final battle scene in Kill Bill 1 seems to mashup homage to various incidents within the book I look forward to reading Musashi s own A Book of Five Rings in due course.4 stars


  6. Terry Terry says:

    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 ma 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 attempting to attain perfection in both body and spirit through the Way of the Sword.Yoshikawa paints on a broad canvas indeed, immersing the reader into the world of feudal Japan by showing us characters from all walks of life We meet not only the daimyo and samurai who ruled in this world, but also the merchants, craftsmen, peasants, and priests all of whom gave to the era and country its unique character and flavour While the story centers on the life and growth of its titular protagonist Miyamoto Musashi it is truly an epic saga, following the intertwined lives of many characters as they criss cross Japan searching for or trying to escape from each other Indeed there are so many coincidental meetings and near misses that it becomes something of a commonplace in the story In some ways I was reminded of Dumas while reading this book both authors first wrote in a serialized format that was later transferred to tomes of kitten squishing size many characters walk across the epic stage of history as plots and sub plots unfold to follow the life of our protagonist and despite its epic size and scope the prose is eminently readable and it s definitely a real page turner of romanticized historical fiction.The characters themselves are varied and colourful, their stories brought to vivid life from the irascible old dowager Osugi and her feckless son Matahatchi who seek Musashi s downfall, to the virginal Otsu and rambunctious Jotaro who become something of a family in their shared devotion to the vagabond swordsman Then of course there is Musashi himself the man destined to become the great sword saint and a man of intriguing complexity at times seeming littlethan a ragged vagabond with slight knowledge of the ways of the world, and at others like an insightful philosopher finding wisdom and perceiving connections where others see nothing at all Of course one cannot fail to mention two of the most colourful characters in the story Sasaki Kojiro the great swordsman whose cocksure confidence and wily intellect, along with his unequaled martial prowess, make him Musashi s only possible peer and a real threat for the sword saint and Takuan the Buddhist monk who at times can seem littlethan a carefree and even clownish figure, while at others he exhibits the harsh and uncompromising nature of a man of great intellectual and moral acuity Both prove to be interesting foils for Musashi and provide an intriguing study in similarity and contrasts to him As he travels the roads and fields of Japan, Musashi takes advantage of every opportunity he can to learn He is especially keen to gain from the experiences of those he meets who appear to have sounded the depth of a particular art, whether they be a craftsman obsessed with the creation of ceramics, a courtesan versed in the art of music, or an old woman expert in the niceties of the tea ceremony All who have viewed some aspect of life and art with honesty and rigour can teach him something which he is able to apply to the of the way of the sword It is this open mindedness that allows Musashi to avoid being a slave to any one style of martial arts and only in his eagerness to learn from all of his experiences is he able to overcome his many opponents and develop from nameless vagabond to the sword saint of legend While this is ostensibly the story of Musashi he is often absent from the pages for extended periods of time seemingly deserting the reader as he does the other characters in the story Luckily for us the characters that take over the narrative at these times are, as noted above, vivid and intriguing making the time spent with them never seem either wasteful or a slog It is through these absences that we truly come to see the extent of the influence Musashi has on the other characters Indeed the story is as much about the effect Musashi has on them, both by his presence and his absence perhaps even so the latter , as it is about his life and deeds as such In this I was reminded of the character of Able from Gene Wolfe s The Wizard Knight Both men are searchers after truth and wisdom through the way of the warrior, whose actions have a profound effect on the people whose lives they touch Musashi s chi or spirit is so strong that not only is he able to master the sword and intimidate his opponents, but he is also able to instill in others a sense of devotion and awe.This makes Musashi sound like littlethan a superhero, but this is far from the case Yoshikawa still manages to make Musashi very human in his foibles and sense of inadequacy Indeed, despite his prowess Musashi does not come across as very much like a typical action hero at all, that role is reserved for the suave and supremely confident Sasaki Kojiro Musashi islike a wide eyed innocent looking for the path to perfection, but always certain it has escaped his grasp The book thus treads a fine line between romanticizing the Samurai ideology in the figure of Musashi and portraying some of the harsh realities of the warrior culture that allowed bullies and braggarts to rule Thus while we see one man s attempt to achieve the ideal represented by bushido the story acknowledges the harsh truths that were all too often the reality.A really enjoyable book that is recommended to all lovers of historical fiction looking for an immersive and compelling experience of Tokugawa era Japan


  7. Tom Tom says:

    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.coincidentally, 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 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.coincidentally, 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 the time when he was a 17 year old punk to his final battle with Ganryu, which cemented his fame It is a great introduction to Japanese history and has me itching to some follow up non fiction reading on Japan.As far as rating it, I could go anywhere from a 3 to a 5 The story itself is captivating and completely hooks you after a while The writing seemed immature and choppy at the beginning, but then gotandsophisticated I don t know if this is a translation thing, but it kind of works It seems as if the author or translator used this as a story telling device, that is, as the main characters matured and became wiser, so did the text and the way it was written Maybe I am imagining this


  8. Malum Malum says:

    A great novel that reads easier than its length or age might make you believe The epic sword fights didn t hurt, either The only negative that I found was that it has Walter Scott syndrome, where the main and thus most interesting character disappears for long stretches of time throughout.


  9. Rob Rob says:

    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.


  10. Riannon Riannon says:

    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 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 moral reason why the characters would be doing what they were doing, and this only got worse as the book went along Also, the main character puts himself on too much of a pedestal for my liking I know some people will want to deny that he does this, but he DOES That, like pretty much everything else about Musashi and here I mean both the character and the book itself was annoying in the extreme


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Musashi ❮Epub❯ ➜ Musashi Author Eiji Yoshikawa – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk Uimitoarea poveste a lui Miyamoto Musashi, cel mai faimos samurai din istoria JaponieiMusashi este o saga tulburatoare, care i va captiva nu doar pe cititorii care indragesc istoria Japoniei, ci pe to Uimitoarea poveste a lui Miyamoto Musashi, cel mai faimos samurai din istoria JaponieiMusashi este o saga tulburatoare, care i va captiva nu doar pe cititorii care indragesc istoria Japoniei, ci pe toti cei care si doresc o lectura trepidanta Washington Post Book World Musashi este o poveste de care nu te mai poti desprinde Atlanta Journal Musashi este un roman in marea traditie a naratiunii japoneze O carte vie, rafinata si plina de imaginatie, abundind in personaje memorabile, multe dintre ele reale Impletind dragostea neimpartasita cu razbunarea si cu daruirea absoluta fata de Calea Samuraiului, cartea zugraveste in chip remarcabil o lume care ne este foarte putin cunoscuta New York Times.

  • Paperback
  • 1272 pages
  • Musashi
  • Eiji Yoshikawa
  • Romanian
  • 10 February 2019
  • 9736815005 Edition Language Romanian URL

About the Author: Eiji Yoshikawa

Pen name of Yoshikawa Hidetsugu Yoshikawa is well known for his work as a Japanese historical fiction novelist, and a number of re makes have been spawned off his workIn , he received the Order of Cultural MeritEiji Yoshikawa , August , September , was a Japanese historical novelist Among his best known novels, most are revisions of older classics He was mainly influenced by classics such as The Tale of the Heike, Tale of Genji, Outlaws of the Marsh, and Romance of the Three Kingdoms, many of which he retold in his own style As an example, the original manuscript of Taiko is volumes Yoshikawa took up to retell it in aaccessible tone, and reduced it to only two volumes His other books also serve similar purposes and, although most of his novels are not original works, he created a huge amount of work and a renewed interest in the past He was awarded the Cultural Order of Merit in the highest award for a man of letters in Japan , the Order of the Sacred Treasure and the Mainichi Art Award just before his death from cancer in He is cited as one of the best historical novelists in Japan.