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"...Шогун беше най-висшия ранг, който някой смъртен можеше да достигне в Япония. Шогун означаваше върховен военен диктатор. Само един от всички даймио можеше да притежава титлата и само негово императорско величество, божественият син на небето, живеещ в уединение в Киото заедно с императорското семейство, можеше да даде титлата. С назначаването си шогунът получаваше абсолю "...Шогун беше най-висшия ранг, който някой смъртен можеше да достигне в Япония. Шогун означаваше върховен военен диктатор. Само един от всички даймио можеше да притежава титлата и само негово императорско величество, божественият син на небето, живеещ в уединение в Киото заедно с императорското семейство, можеше да даде титлата. С назначаването си шогунът получаваше абсолютната власт: печата и правата на императора. Шогунът управляваше от името на императора." "... Торанага се усмихна наум... А аз ще се сдобия с истински трофей в голямата игра, започнала в деня, когато тайко умря - шогуната. За това съм се борил цял живот, за това съм кроил планове цял живот. Аз и само аз съм наследник на тази империя. И ще стана шогун. И ще основа една династия. Вече всичко е възможно благодарение на Марико-сан и странния варварин, който се появи от източните морета. Марико-сан, твоята карма е била славно да умреш и вечно да живееш. Анджин-сан, приятелю мой, твоята карма е никога да е напуснеш тези земи. А моята карма е да стана шогун..." Джеймс Клавел (1924-1994) е един от стоте най-големи писатели на XX век според класацията на "Модърн Лайбръри". Романът му "Шогун" е част от така наречената азиатска сага заедно с "Търговска къща", "Тай-пан" и "Цар плъх".


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"...Шогун беше най-висшия ранг, който някой смъртен можеше да достигне в Япония. Шогун означаваше върховен военен диктатор. Само един от всички даймио можеше да притежава титлата и само негово императорско величество, божественият син на небето, живеещ в уединение в Киото заедно с императорското семейство, можеше да даде титлата. С назначаването си шогунът получаваше абсолю "...Шогун беше най-висшия ранг, който някой смъртен можеше да достигне в Япония. Шогун означаваше върховен военен диктатор. Само един от всички даймио можеше да притежава титлата и само негово императорско величество, божественият син на небето, живеещ в уединение в Киото заедно с императорското семейство, можеше да даде титлата. С назначаването си шогунът получаваше абсолютната власт: печата и правата на императора. Шогунът управляваше от името на императора." "... Торанага се усмихна наум... А аз ще се сдобия с истински трофей в голямата игра, започнала в деня, когато тайко умря - шогуната. За това съм се борил цял живот, за това съм кроил планове цял живот. Аз и само аз съм наследник на тази империя. И ще стана шогун. И ще основа една династия. Вече всичко е възможно благодарение на Марико-сан и странния варварин, който се появи от източните морета. Марико-сан, твоята карма е била славно да умреш и вечно да живееш. Анджин-сан, приятелю мой, твоята карма е никога да е напуснеш тези земи. А моята карма е да стана шогун..." Джеймс Клавел (1924-1994) е един от стоте най-големи писатели на XX век според класацията на "Модърн Лайбръри". Романът му "Шогун" е част от така наречената азиатска сага заедно с "Търговска къща", "Тай-пан" и "Цар плъх".

30 review for Shogun, Part 2

  1. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    I enjoy historical fiction because I can learn about the history of different cultures, and this book didn't fail to deliver in this regard. I found the formalities, "politenesses", and customs in this epic novel of the samurai during 1600 extremely intriguing. Unfortunately, I didn't feel an emotional connection with one of the protagonists, Lady Mariko, as I did with the other characters, John Blackthorne and Toranaga, but that's my opinion. Otherwise, I would have given this saga 5 stars. I d I enjoy historical fiction because I can learn about the history of different cultures, and this book didn't fail to deliver in this regard. I found the formalities, "politenesses", and customs in this epic novel of the samurai during 1600 extremely intriguing. Unfortunately, I didn't feel an emotional connection with one of the protagonists, Lady Mariko, as I did with the other characters, John Blackthorne and Toranaga, but that's my opinion. Otherwise, I would have given this saga 5 stars. I do recommend this novel to anyone who appreciates historical fiction!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Holly

    James Clavell is clearly a gifted writer. His Shogun books have taken me on a journey to far away lands where I've learned about samurai, ninja, ladies of The Willow Word, geisha, karma, daimyos and seppuku, honor and traitors. Clalvell's writing casts a spell over his readers and draws them into long and complicated tales full of so many dually named characters that it can make your head spin. His books take a commitment to read. I enjoyed these first two books of the Shogun series. That said, James Clavell is clearly a gifted writer. His Shogun books have taken me on a journey to far away lands where I've learned about samurai, ninja, ladies of The Willow Word, geisha, karma, daimyos and seppuku, honor and traitors. Clalvell's writing casts a spell over his readers and draws them into long and complicated tales full of so many dually named characters that it can make your head spin. His books take a commitment to read. I enjoyed these first two books of the Shogun series. That said, I didn't love them. I attribute Clavell's art of writing as the reason that I never reached a point where I wanted to give up and put them down for good. I have to respect that when all is said and done.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mădălina Loghin

    “Leave the problems of God to God and karma to karma. Today you're here and nothing you do will change that. Today you are alive and here and honored and blessed with good fortune. Look at this sunset, it's beautiful, neh? This sunset exists. Tomorrow does not exist. There is only now. Please look. It is so beautiful and it will never happen ever again, never, not this sunset, never in all infinity. Lose yourself in it, make yourself one with nature and do not worry about karma, yours, mine, or “Leave the problems of God to God and karma to karma. Today you're here and nothing you do will change that. Today you are alive and here and honored and blessed with good fortune. Look at this sunset, it's beautiful, neh? This sunset exists. Tomorrow does not exist. There is only now. Please look. It is so beautiful and it will never happen ever again, never, not this sunset, never in all infinity. Lose yourself in it, make yourself one with nature and do not worry about karma, yours, mine, or that of the village.” A very very very good one! <3 I took my time to read it, without rushing it, and totally worth it!

  4. 4 out of 5

    XO

    I felt like the end was incomplete, or maybe it was me wanting to read more of the story. You can look up the historical part.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Krisztina

    An enjoyable epic and a brilliant one! Clavell does an excellent job of leading the reader towards seeing the Japanese way, the culture, tradition, way of life and mentality. He succeeds to portray Japanese culture through the lens of a Western explorer and to show how completely one's opinion of a culture can change after exposure and thought. The reader gets into the head of everyone and the story will be deep in the head of one character, hearing their emotions, dreams, perceptions, and then i An enjoyable epic and a brilliant one! Clavell does an excellent job of leading the reader towards seeing the Japanese way, the culture, tradition, way of life and mentality. He succeeds to portray Japanese culture through the lens of a Western explorer and to show how completely one's opinion of a culture can change after exposure and thought. The reader gets into the head of everyone and the story will be deep in the head of one character, hearing their emotions, dreams, perceptions, and then it will be just as deply focused on another character a few paragraphs later, so you can never get bored of one voice . Despite the long-winded writing, I couldn't put it down, the pages flew by for me and I found myself wishing my baby would sleep more so I could read more as well. It's worth reading, surprisingly compelling.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Prateek

    Picked this up out of my interest in philosophy and life in feudal japan. This book indeed does a good job in painting that picture in nice detail though some of it seems exaggerated. Some characters are very well written, I absolutely admired Toranaga and Mariko! It wasn't as gripping as I thought it would be. I had to drag myself through some chapters. Story is slow-paced, and yet some of the major characters in play (Ishido for one) don't get enough spotlight. And the way ending is written is Picked this up out of my interest in philosophy and life in feudal japan. This book indeed does a good job in painting that picture in nice detail though some of it seems exaggerated. Some characters are very well written, I absolutely admired Toranaga and Mariko! It wasn't as gripping as I thought it would be. I had to drag myself through some chapters. Story is slow-paced, and yet some of the major characters in play (Ishido for one) don't get enough spotlight. And the way ending is written is totally unsatisfying. Still, overall a good experience.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Barry

    Seriously epic.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Yigal Zur

    read it years ago great novel and reserch

  9. 5 out of 5

    Thomas Rydder

    Shogun is set in medieval Japan, in the time of warlords and endless battles. The samurai were the "knights" of their day, and reigned supreme in their land. A Lord's ranking and status dictated how many samurai he had at his disposal, and his army would gladly die - sometimes at their own hand - to serve him. The land was divided into provinces and the shifting of power was an endless tide of blood and deception. Into this world walks an English pilot, John Blackthorne, whose ship and crew are Shogun is set in medieval Japan, in the time of warlords and endless battles. The samurai were the "knights" of their day, and reigned supreme in their land. A Lord's ranking and status dictated how many samurai he had at his disposal, and his army would gladly die - sometimes at their own hand - to serve him. The land was divided into provinces and the shifting of power was an endless tide of blood and deception. Into this world walks an English pilot, John Blackthorne, whose ship and crew are marooned by shipwreck and are now at the mercy of Lord Toranaga, in whose province they have come ashore. The rest of his crew suffer the indignities of wartime criminals, but Blackthorne is singled out by Toranaga because of his intelligence and quick thinking. He eventually melds into the Japanese community, and is immersed in the waves of deceit and deception, a pawn in the constant struggle for control. This book is an absolute MUST read to anyone interested in feudal Japan. The historic accuracy is unparalleled, and once you pick it up, you will not put it down.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Peter

    James Clavell is a fantastic writer when it comes to the setting of Asia. Much of the book is based on actual historical events, as are the characters so the story has an authentic feel. Clavell goes into fantastic depth in every aspect and the characters are very well developed. It has an addictive plot and is very hard to put down, though the 1000 pages may be daunting at first if you're one who likes to get started on new books. I couldn't say anything other than I loved it and recommend it to James Clavell is a fantastic writer when it comes to the setting of Asia. Much of the book is based on actual historical events, as are the characters so the story has an authentic feel. Clavell goes into fantastic depth in every aspect and the characters are very well developed. It has an addictive plot and is very hard to put down, though the 1000 pages may be daunting at first if you're one who likes to get started on new books. I couldn't say anything other than I loved it and recommend it to anyone who enjoys japanese history, war, and maritime fiction. The reason it is 4 stars and not 5, is that I wanted it to be relative to another of Clavell's novels Tai-Pan

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jeffrey

    Check out my review for the first book as this is merely a continuation of that book. :P

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    Wow, this is a great book with a look into Japanese culture, comedy, war and culture clashes.

  13. 4 out of 5

    denica Ivanova

    Words are not enough to describe the happines I experienced reding this book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jason McCuiston

    This is actually a review of Parts I and II, as they are one singular story and not a novel and its sequel. In fact, I'm so glad that my copy of Part II came in the day after I finished Part I because the first volume doesn't really end. It just stops. At any rate, this is an epic in every sense of the word with action, adventure, intrigue, romance, heroism, villainy, cruelty, faith, and almost every other conceivable facet of the human experience. And, if you are so inclined, it can even teach y This is actually a review of Parts I and II, as they are one singular story and not a novel and its sequel. In fact, I'm so glad that my copy of Part II came in the day after I finished Part I because the first volume doesn't really end. It just stops. At any rate, this is an epic in every sense of the word with action, adventure, intrigue, romance, heroism, villainy, cruelty, faith, and almost every other conceivable facet of the human experience. And, if you are so inclined, it can even teach you conversational Japanese. There is so much information contained within and threaded throughout this story that the reader cannot help but learn a great deal about this era in Japanese and world history. I love this book so much it took me longer to read than it should have, as I started dragging my feet when I saw how few pages remained. If I had one complaint, it is that the ending feels summarized rather than told as part of the narrative, but this is just because I would have loved to read another 500-1000 pages of Shogun. I believe that this title has usurped the role of My Favorite Book, held until now by the triumvirate of Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front, Dumas's Twenty Years After, and Yoshikawa's Musashi. Long may it reign.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa Jones

    'Yes, that was all my fault and I'm truly sorry, but that was a mistake, not a deliberate choice on my part. It is. So nothing can be done about it. A moment ago we were all almost dead. So all that worry and heartache was a waste, wasn't it? Karma. Yes, I know karma now.' This book centers around the character's karma. I recall a debate in college in regards to religion, and the discussion that religion can be a crutch that people may use so they don't have to deal with reality (i.e 'God's will 'Yes, that was all my fault and I'm truly sorry, but that was a mistake, not a deliberate choice on my part. It is. So nothing can be done about it. A moment ago we were all almost dead. So all that worry and heartache was a waste, wasn't it? Karma. Yes, I know karma now.' This book centers around the character's karma. I recall a debate in college in regards to religion, and the discussion that religion can be a crutch that people may use so they don't have to deal with reality (i.e 'God's will is what will happen, etc.) It brings to mind the repeated use of karma throughout the book. Karma is the answer to everything. Loyalty is another strong force. The loyalty to one's leader, to one's parents. If one dishonors in the slightest way, they beg seppuku- to commit a suicide to preserve their honor. How little their own lives mean, that is quite astounding. Another lesson learned is to become quiet, how to listen to rocks grow. Things that are quite foreign, but some interesting concepts for sure.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mitzis

    I love historical fiction, and this book provided a deep and satisfying exploration of ancient Japanese culture, which I believe provides great insight into more modern experiences with Japan - WWII and even today. I loved, loved, loved learning about ancient Japan; their culture and perspective is fascinating! I enjoyed how the book begins from Blackthorne's perspective and ends with Toranaga's. I didn't give the book 5 stars for several reasons. Although the reader is obviously talented, I fou I love historical fiction, and this book provided a deep and satisfying exploration of ancient Japanese culture, which I believe provides great insight into more modern experiences with Japan - WWII and even today. I loved, loved, loved learning about ancient Japan; their culture and perspective is fascinating! I enjoyed how the book begins from Blackthorne's perspective and ends with Toranaga's. I didn't give the book 5 stars for several reasons. Although the reader is obviously talented, I found his "Blackthorne" voice annoying. And, I found the ending to be rather anti-climatic. After listening for 50+ hours to a very detailed explanation of everything Japanese, I felt a bit cheated at the end with the rushed finale and the vague lack of resolution. That said, I would recommend it to any and all readers - if only to learn more about truly exquisite people.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    James Clavell is an incredibly gifted author who manages to capture what I think is the soul of Japan in this book - Bushido. The story flows naturally and intelligently and the character development is incredibly well done. The descriptions are so vivid that they transpose the reader to the world of Medieval Japan and it makes you feel like you're right next to Anjin-san in the thick of the story. Wish that I had read it sooner... Heartily recommended to all readers out there! James Clavell is an incredibly gifted author who manages to capture what I think is the soul of Japan in this book - Bushido. The story flows naturally and intelligently and the character development is incredibly well done. The descriptions are so vivid that they transpose the reader to the world of Medieval Japan and it makes you feel like you're right next to Anjin-san in the thick of the story. Wish that I had read it sooner... Heartily recommended to all readers out there!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    If you want to get a sense for Japanese history, culture and thinking, this epic is ideal. Be prepared for 1100 pages (parts 1 and 2 together) of intrigue and mystery, a clash of cultures all with a bit of romance thrown in. This is my second read after at least 30 years, I pulled it off the shelf in preparation to a trip to Japan. I was not disappointed to dive into the world of Anjinsan, Toronagosan and Marikosan yet again.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Chris Tschirhart

    A fantastic writer about Asia, book is based on actual historical events, as are the characters. The story feels real. The characters are very well developed. It has an addictive plot and is very hard to put down, though the many pages I found it daunting at first and at times had to put it down for 3-4 days. I loved it and recommend it to anyone who enjoys Japanese history, war, and maritime fiction.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Robert Collette

    I very rarely read a book twice. I read this when I was in high school and revisited now some 30 years later. In high school I had neither the age or wisdom to understand the majority of the themes and ideas of the book. Now I can at least say that I can comprehend the majority of the novel and thankfully can appreciate it for all of it's genius. I'll now have to revise my top ten list of the best books I've ever read, or expand it to a dozen, possibly. Shikata ga nai (仕方がない) , Karma, neh? I very rarely read a book twice. I read this when I was in high school and revisited now some 30 years later. In high school I had neither the age or wisdom to understand the majority of the themes and ideas of the book. Now I can at least say that I can comprehend the majority of the novel and thankfully can appreciate it for all of it's genius. I'll now have to revise my top ten list of the best books I've ever read, or expand it to a dozen, possibly. Shikata ga nai (仕方がない) , Karma, neh?

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    I finally finished reading parts 1 and 2 of Shogun again. My first reading occurred about 40 years ago. I have great admiration for James Clavell's knowledge of Japanese culture and his ability to construct an utterly fascinating story around it. Shogun is detailed, complex, and long, but it provides an incomparable view of a feudal Japan populated with unforgettable characters. I finally finished reading parts 1 and 2 of Shogun again. My first reading occurred about 40 years ago. I have great admiration for James Clavell's knowledge of Japanese culture and his ability to construct an utterly fascinating story around it. Shogun is detailed, complex, and long, but it provides an incomparable view of a feudal Japan populated with unforgettable characters.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Cilian Georgiana

    I loved this book and the way James Clavell writes. I went through the Japanese past and culture in a beautiful way, I may say. I appreciated so much the subjects that were tackled in this book and I feel that I know much more than I did 2 months ago about Japan's culture. I intend to read the other books wrote by him too. I loved this book and the way James Clavell writes. I went through the Japanese past and culture in a beautiful way, I may say. I appreciated so much the subjects that were tackled in this book and I feel that I know much more than I did 2 months ago about Japan's culture. I intend to read the other books wrote by him too.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Cat

    I loved this book from the start! So detailed and wonderful characters! The plot was fabulous and sets amazing. I was so worried when the made for tv event in 1980 came out. BUT_ wonder of wonders! Hollywood did it right! Just that much better to enjoy the story! (But I still love the book more!)

  24. 4 out of 5

    Matthew

    Shogun came out when I was a young boy and was extremely popular as I was growing up. My only regret is that it took me 45 years to discover why. I have seen the mini-series a few times over the years but never truly understood the depth and complexity of the book until now.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Dean Haywood

    Always have thought this was one of the finest books I have ever read.and I've read it 3 times and still think the same. Always have thought this was one of the finest books I have ever read.and I've read it 3 times and still think the same.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ami Toben

    An absolute masterpiece. One of the best books ever written!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Velin

    Definitely more war-orientated than the 1st part and therefore a bit harder to read and understand.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Katie Hass

    A wonderful historical fiction and beautifully written. James Clavell explores this time period in such exquisite detail. If you are looking for an adventure and want an epic one , this is your book.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sheryl McCoy

    Bittersweet, but realistic historical fiction

  30. 4 out of 5

    Katrin

    10 stars!

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