Shogun by James Clavell

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For 10 days I was immersed in Clavell's world. I learned a lot about Japan, I started thinking about the metaphysical questions and I didn't realize how these nearly 1200 pages flew by me. I would recommend this to anyone.
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A bold English adventurer. An invincible Japanese warlord. A beautiful woman torn between two ways of life, two ways of love. All brought together in an extraordinary saga of a time and a place aflame with conflict, passion, ambition, lust, and the struggle for power...


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About James Clavell

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James Clavell, who died in 1994, was a screenwriter, director, producer, and novelist born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Although he wrote the screenplays for a number of acclaimed films, including The Fly (1958), The Great Escape (1963), and To Sir With Love (1967), he is best known for his epic novels in his Asian Saga.
 
Published February 19, 2009 by Dell. 1010 pages
Genres: History, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Travel, Horror, Romance. Fiction
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All: 7 | Positive: 6 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Good
on Sep 21 2011

With Toranaga as shogun (military dictator), the book ends with the open possibility of a forthcoming sequel. Engrossing, predictable and surely sellable.

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The Japan Times

Above average
Reviewed by WILLIAM BRADBURY on Apr 19 2014

Despite being a rather overweight tome, “Shogun” combines history, entertainment and information in such a way that readers may just get more of a Japanese history lesson than they expected.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by Ari H. on Apr 30 2014

James Clavell's Shogun is a sea adventure and a love story. There is action, romance, and hope. The characters we meet are unforgettable. I recommend this book to anyone wanting a good read. It will be worth your time.

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Confessions of a Bibliophile

Good
on Jan 19 2010

If you’ve never read this, I highly recommend it. It’s definitely a major time-investment (it took me over 3 weeks to read), but well worth it.

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Pat's Fantasy Hotlist

Excellent
on Mar 09 2013

Captivating, exciting, panoramic, dramatic, James Clavell's Shogun is a mesmerizing tale of love and war that deserves the highest possible recommendation.

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Read With Style

Excellent
Reviewed by Lora on Jan 05 2011

For 10 days I was immersed in Clavell's world. I learned a lot about Japan, I started thinking about the metaphysical questions and I didn't realize how these nearly 1200 pages flew by me. I would recommend this to anyone.

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http://jsbangs.com

Good
on Nov 29 2011

If you’re looking for a long (and I do mean long) immersive read, or a friendly way to introduce yourself to a crucial time in Japanese history, I recommend this highly.

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