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"Sean Michael Wilson uses the story line of a young apprentice who seeks to learn the Bushido spirit and the way of the samurai. Each lesson of the samurai code in "Hagakure" resonates, and Sean Wilson balances the romantic vision of the life of a samurai warrior with s...
"Sean Michael Wilson uses the story line of a young apprentice who seeks to learn the Bushido spirit and the way of the samurai. Each lesson of the samurai code in "Hagakure" resonates, and Sean Wilson balances the romantic vision of the life of a samurai warrior with such shocking samurai practices as teaching a 5-year-old apprentice how to kill by practicing on puppies. "Hagakure" is superbly illustrated by Chie Kutsuwada. The lines and shading exude an artistic grace, while the graphic images of gore and spurting blood reveal the stark and brutal code of the samurai. Her images also evoke an ironic humor, such as the chapter on a cuckold samurai who contemplates his revenge while sitting by a pond populated by a pair of frisky fornicating frogs. "Hagakure" -- with its captivating storytelling and imagery -- offers readers a wonderful initiation to the evolving genre of English manga." - Kris Kosaka, Japan Times "Hagakure: The Code of the Samurai (The Manga Edition) is a worthwhile read. The interpretation seems honest and unconcerned with conforming itself and its idealism to the expectations of the modern day. It is, however, important to distinguish between drawing and storytelling. The drawing of the manga, while it has impressive moments, fails to give testament to the inner workings of the characters. The storytelling does succeed in creating a pace that is contemplative yet engaging, and that fills in the gaps left by the drawing. The intention of this manga was to use a modern storytelling medium to help the reader connect and empathize with a people and a tradition of the past. When all is said and done, and the dust clears, this Hagakure accomplishes its intention." - Chris Jamison, Washington Independent review of Books "It is no small irony that in the 21st century, Hagakure is now circulated freely in the form of this new manga edition and has come to define orthodox samurai ideals for so many readers.' - Paul Schalow Washington Independent review of Books I actually asked one of my students to read it and he came back very excited about it. He gave a glowing recommendation and told me to read it too." - Anna M, Librarian.

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Phooy

Does anyone have trouble getting this book to open on their nook?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2013

    Phooy

    Does anyone have trouble getting this book to open on their nook?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2013

    Arr

    This bookie wee no work on me nook

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2011

    Some excellent reviews I've noticed for this book:

    "Sean Michael Wilson uses the story line of a young apprentice who seeks to learn the Bushido spirit and the way of the samurai. Each lesson of the samurai code in "Hagakure" resonates, and Sean Wilson balances the romantic vision of the life of a samurai warrior with such shocking samurai practices as teaching a 5-year-old apprentice how to kill by practicing on puppies. "Hagakure" is superbly illustrated by Chie Kutsuwada. The lines and shading exude an artistic grace, while the graphic images of gore and spurting blood reveal the stark and brutal code of the samurai. Her images also evoke an ironic humor, such as the chapter on a cuckold samurai who contemplates his revenge while sitting by a pond populated by a pair of frisky fornicating frogs. "Hagakure" -- with its captivating storytelling and imagery -- offers readers a wonderful initiation to the evolving genre of English manga." - Kris Kosaka, Japan Times "Hagakure: The Code of the Samurai (The Manga Edition) is a worthwhile read. The interpretation seems honest and unconcerned with conforming itself and its idealism to the expectations of the modern day. It is, however, important to distinguish between drawing and storytelling. The drawing of the manga, while it has impressive moments, fails to give testament to the inner workings of the characters. The storytelling does succeed in creating a pace that is contemplative yet engaging, and that fills in the gaps left by the drawing. The intention of this manga was to use a modern storytelling medium to help the reader connect and empathize with a people and a tradition of the past. When all is said and done, and the dust clears, this Hagakure accomplishes its intention." - Chris Jamison, Washington Independent review of Books "It is no small irony that in the 21st century, Hagakure is now circulated freely in the form of this new manga edition and has come to define orthodox samurai ideals for so many readers.' - Paul Schalow Washington Independent review of Books I actually asked one of my students to read it and he came back very excited about it. He gave a glowing recommendation and told me to read it too." - Anna M, Librarian.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2014

    Riddled with typos

    This edition is almost unreadable.

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  • Posted May 6, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    Hagakure: Book of the Samurai was written by Yamamoto Tsunetomo,

    Hagakure: Book of the Samurai was written by Yamamoto Tsunetomo, a samurai who lived from 1659-1719. The version that I read was translated by William Scott Wilson.

    The book was written in short thoughts and anecdotes, this combination gives the reader a look into not only the mind of the samurai but it also helps the reader understand the times and the culture of the samurai.

    As one would expect there are many thoughts and stories about what death and honor meant to the samurai. But it also covers some less expected subjects, such as education, religion, compassion, politeness, and even thoughts on homosexuality (seemed that sexuality wasn't nearly as important as duty).

    There are many things in the book for the reader to think about and several may be a bit difficult for people of modern times to understand, like the fact that by the age of 15 a samurai was expected to go to where the condemned prisoners are kept and practice decapitation. Or committing ritual suicide to follow their retainer into the afterlife. One of the things that really made me stop and think; loyalty equals sincerity.

    Even though there are things that might be difficult for people of today to relate to there are several thoughts that people of today would be all the better if they incorporated into their lives.

    Yamamoto Tsunetomo tells his thoughts on the younger samurais of his day compared to the older samurai of just 50 yrs before and the story reminded me that the more things change the more they stay the same. I can't remember his exact words, so I'll paraphrase: “Damn kids today have no respect or idea of how things should be done” (and yes I even pictured him shaking his fist in the air as he said it).

    Overall I enjoyed the book and it did give me a lot to think about and a better understanding of a people. Highly recommend Hagakure to anyone interested in samurai, the people or the philosophy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2013

    Excellent

    Great time reading this book. It was time well spent .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2012

    Hardcore

    Live by this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2012

    Best book

    Cool

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2012

    Awesome.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Code of samurai

    You get to the 4th page and all ready start looking at things different awesome book

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