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For use in schools and libraries only. A narrative of conflicting cultures, loyalties, motivations, and traditions in early seventeenth-century Japan, involving the power-hungry Lord Toranaga, the Lady Mariko, and the ambitious Englishman, Blackthorne.
Born Charles Edmund DuMaresq de Clavelle, the multi-talented James Clavell wrote many successful screenplays (including THE GREAT ESCAPE and TO SIR WITH LOVE), and was a director and producer, but he was best known for his monumental best-selling novels set in Asia. Among them were KING RAT (1962), based on his own experiences as a prisoner of war in Singapore's Changi prison; SHOGUN (1975); and NOBLE HOUSE (1981). Clavell died of cancer at his home in Switzerland, just short of his 70th birthday.
"Clavell offers a wide-ranging view of feudal Japan at a time of crisis... "Scene after scene is given, conversation after conversation reported, with the point not merely of advancing the narrative (which does somehow grind inexorablyforward), but also of imparting to us the peculiar flavor of life infeudal Japan and the unique code of conduct (bushido) which dominatedlife there and then."
"...one of those books that blots up vacations and imperils marriages, because it simply will not let the reader go."
"Clavell has a gift...It may be something that cannot be taught or earned. He breathes narrative. It's almost impossible not to continue to read `Shogun' once having opened it. The imagination is possessed by Blackthorne, Toranaga and medieval Japan. Clavell creates a world: people, customs, settings, needs and desires all become so enveloping that you forget who and where you are."
From the Publisher
A saga of Japan in the 1570s featuring a love triangle composed of the English adventurer John Blackthorne, a Japanese warlord, and a woman caught between two cultures.
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A narrative of conflicting cultures, loyalties, motivations, and traditions in early-seventeenth-century Japan, involving the powerful and powerhungry Lord Toranaga, the ambitious Englishman, Blackthorne, and the Lady Mariko, a Catholic convert in love with the barbarian Englishman.