Shogun : The First Novel of the Asian Saga Paperback
Part of the The Asian Saga series
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.
Both entertaining and incisive, SHOGUN is a stunningly dramatic re-creation of a very different world. Starting with his shipwreck on this most alien of shores, the novel charts Blackthorne's rise from the status of reviled foreigner up to the heights of trusted advisor and eventually, Samurai.
All as civil war looms over the fragile country.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 1136 pages
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
- Publication Date: 02/12/1999
- Category: Historical fiction
- ISBN: 9780340766163
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Review by DRFP
I first read this book in my mid-teens and thoroughly loved it. These days I tend to read slightly more "serious" authors but I can't deny that this book remains one of my favourites.I think this book is Clavell's best because of the historical facts that it is based upon (otherwise the book would be completely unbelieveable). As ever with Clavell's novels I (still) find Shogun a wonderfully easy book to read and could happily spend all day caught in its story.It's no Crime And Punishment but Shogun is still a great read, that's tremendously entertaining, and ultimately, at the end of the day, that's all that mattters.
Review by tzeskimo
This book has some great action scenes. It's long, but an easy read. My only complain is that the ending seems sudden, as though Clavell one day decided he was tired of writing.
Review by furriebarry
An interesting plot marred by POV shifts, strange chapter structures and poor characterisation. Also contains a huge info dump for the first 150 pages. A let down.