By the #1 New York Times bestselling author and unparalleled master of historical fiction, James Clavell’s Shōgun is soon to be a major FX/Hulu TV series!
Shōgun, the classic epic novel of feudal Japan that captured the heart of a culture and the imagination of the world, is now available for the first time in serial format. Part One contains the first half of the complete novel.
After Englishman John Blackthorne is lost at sea, he awakens in a place few Europeans know of and even fewer have seen—Nippon. Thrust into the closed society that is seventeenth-century Japan, a land where the line between life and death is razor-thin, Blackthorne must negotiate not only a foreign people, with unknown customs and language, but also his own definitions of morality, truth, and freedom. As internal political strife and a clash of cultures lead to seemingly inevitable conflict, Blackthorne’s loyalty and strength of character are tested by both passion and loss, and he is torn between two worlds that will each be forever changed.
Powerful and engrossing, capturing both the rich pageantry and stark realities of life in feudal Japan, Shōgun is a critically acclaimed powerhouse of a book. Heart-stopping, edge-of-your-seat action melds seamlessly with intricate historical detail and raw human emotion. Endlessly compelling, this sweeping saga captivated the world to become not only one of the best-selling novels of all time but one of the highest-rated television miniseries, as well as inspiring a nationwide surge of interest in the culture of Japan. Shakespearean in both scope and depth, Shōgun is, as the New York Times put it, “not only something you read—you live it.”
Also available: Shōgun: Part Two
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Get ready for a historical adventure that’s slowly become a stone-cold classic. Around the beginning of the 17th century, John Blackthorne, captain of a fleet of British and Dutch traders, has barely survived Spanish warships and the unforgiving elements on his mission to establish relations with the isolated nation of Japan. With his fleet devastated, Blackthone washes up on Japan’s shores, where he’s quickly taken prisoner. Now he’ll have to negotiate his way through an intricate maze of feuding lords if he wants to survive—let alone complete his mission. From this story’s breathtaking opening sequence, James Clavell gets you fully invested in the clash between these two very different cultures, with each side viewing the other in a negative light. Veteran narrator Ralph Lister vividly portrays every character, from Portuguese sailors to Japanese samurai. As fresh today as when it was published in 1975, Shogun is an adventure for the ages.
Great book! I was able to buy both for the price of $22 but seems now the show is coming out they’ve split it into two books $22 each! Sorry glad I got in before I got America’ed
I remember when my father read ‘Shogun’. He would speak about it with my mother and I would listen.
The story was riveting for an eight year old. Today I am fifty-five and it’s even better.