'Clavell never puts a foot wrong . . . Get it, read it, you'll enjoy it mightily' Daily Mirror
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 hights of trusted advisor and eventually, Samurai. All as civil war looms over the fragile country.
'I can't remember when a novel has seized my mind like this one. It's irresistable, maybe unforgettable. Clavell creates a world so enveloping you forget who and where you are' - New York Times
This merging of historical background and character development is a terrific example of how imagination, historical research and love for the subject matter can be fused together for a shattering tale of Machiavellian manoeuvring, unrequited love and a ‘fish so deep out of water’ tale so powerful that you will scarcely conceive that such an intricate work could be possible.
Excellent novel, this is my third reading of this epic.....fantastic!
Having watched this book as a TV series when I was... so much younger... I actually read in it homage to my late uncle who, as a Karate 4th Dan was into everything Japon.
The TV series was great but now I see what all the real fuss was about...
Probably the best book I have ever read, the most educational, and the most thought provoking, what dirty people we Civilised Europeans were....
Extremely long, you need to have determination to stick with it but it should almost be taught in History classes.