Shogun

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A bold English adventuer. An invincible Japanese warlord. A beautiful woman torn between two ways of life, two ways of love. All brought together in a mighty saga of a time and place aflame with conflict, passion, ambition, lust and the struggle for power.
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Overview

A bold English adventuer. An invincible Japanese warlord. A beautiful woman torn between two ways of life, two ways of love. All brought together in a mighty saga of a time and place aflame with conflict, passion, ambition, lust and the struggle for power.
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"Superbly crafted...grips the reader like a riptide...gets the juices flowing!"—Washington Star

"Exciting, totally absorbing...be prepared for late nights, meals unlasting, buisness unattended..."—Philadelphia Inquirer

"Adventure and action, the suspense of danger, shocking, touching human relationships...a climactic human story." —Los Angeles Times

“A tale surging with action, intrigue and love...a huge cast…vast and dramatic ...stunning…savage...beautiful...an extraordinary performance.”
Publishers Weekly

“I can’t remember when a novel has seized my mind like this one....It’s not only something you read–you live it.” –New York Times Book Review

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Reviewers have cited the story itself as the source of Shogun's appeal. Gorney of the Washington Post described it as "one of those books that blots up vacations and imperils marriages, because it simply will not let the reader go," and Library Journal contributor Mitsu Yamamoto deemed it "a wonderful churning brew of adventure, intrigue, love, philosophy, and history." "Clavell has a gift," contended Schott in the New York Times Book Review. "It may be something that cannot be taught or earned. He breathes narrative. It's almost impossible not to continue to read Shogun once having opened it. The imagination is possessed by Blackthorne, Toranaga and medieval Japan. Clavell creates a world: people, customs, settings, needs and desires all become so enveloping that you forget who and where you are."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780440178002
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/28/1986
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 1152
  • Sales rank: 48,686
  • Product dimensions: 6.86 (w) x 4.14 (h) x 1.56 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2010

    The novel is wonderful, but the eBook SUCKS.

    This is my favorite novel of all time. Complex, intriguing, full of highly-developed characters and multiple subplots all intertwined. I never want it to end.

    The reason I am writing this review, however, is to blast the inept editor and publisher of the eBook version. I purchased this book the very first day I got my Nook, and have been reading it steadily since. I should say that I've been SUFFERING through it. It is replete with misspelled words, some of which are complete gibberish. In some cases, entire sections of text have been moved, thus breaking the narrative completely.

    The publisher of this abortion should refund the money of everyone who made the mistake of downloading the eBook, and then either fix the damned thing or else pass it off to someone who will do this great book the simple justice of publishing it CORRECTLY.

    Yes, I recognize the irony in my complaining about misspelled words in a post likely containing many of my own, but I'm not asking anyone to pay me to perform a professional service. The blockheads who published SHOGUN without having even read it WERE.

    44 out of 45 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2010

    Don't let the typos scare you off! They've been fixed!

    I really wanted to read this book, but I almost didn't buy the ebook version of it based on all of the reviews on here saying that it's so riddled with typos that it's unreadable. I was pretty bummed, and I was upset that they would release an ebook in such an unreadable state, so I decided to call customer service and give them a piece of my mind!

    They told me that they have a proof-reading team, and that every time they get a complaint about one of their ebooks they proof-read it and fix it, so she said that this book is likely fixed by now. I purchased it, and am now 100 pages in and haven't seen a single typo yet!

    I almost let all of these negative reviews scare me off, but I am glad I didn't.

    31 out of 31 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 8, 2010

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    A poor edition of a great book

    This is one of my favorite books and was my first purchase on my new Nook. Unfortunately, the electronic edition is quite poor. There are a great many formatting errors and typos.

    12 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 20, 2011

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    Best. Historical. Fiction. Ever.

    I'm not exaggerating when I say that this is possibly the best book I've ever read. Not every book Clavell has written is great, but with Shogun and Taipan, he was not far off perfection. The novel first drew my attention when my parents were watching the miniseries back in 1980. Though only a kid myself, I was permitted to watch it along with them and found it fascinating. It took me two months, but I first read the 1200 page book as a sixth grader and have reread it every two years since.

    Shogun is the story of an Englishman shipwrecked on the shores of feudal Japan. John Blackthorne lands full of European and Christian prejudices and is bewildered by the alien culture he encounters, where peasants aren't given names and samurai ritually disembowel themselves when they fail their lords. He lands in the province of Yoshi Toronaga Minowara, a general who has warred for 30 years without ever losing a battle.

    It is not long before he is swept up in the politics of the country, a great chess game for power wherein his ship and the guns it bears become a piece in the game. The emperor died a decade earlier leaving his child son behind. Before dying, he appointed a Council of Regents headed by Toronaga to keep the peace following his death until young Yaemon comes of age. However, the council has begun to fracture as many fear Toronaga, who has never known defeat. They believe he intends to undermine the council, seize power for himself, and become Shogun, the sole military ruler of all Japan.

    Replete with samurai and courtesans, war and assassination, ninja and espionage, politics and maneuver for power, it's a must-read, particularly for those who love historical fiction. I've never in my life read a better book.

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 26, 2010

    Did B&N do any proof reading on ebook at all?

    I bought ebook - the word "shogun" is spelled "sh?gun" throughout the book.. it is very annoying.

    8 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 8, 2010

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    Until the eBook is properly edited, don't get this version.

    B&Ns was supplied with a terribly edited version of this novel. In the first 100 pages, there was some sort of scanning error on every page. An 'I' is often a 'T'. An apostrophe is often replaced by an 'I'. Punctuation is missing or placed incorrectly. Separate paragraphs of dialogue often run together.

    The book was entertaining but the quality of this text reminded me of a bad Google Book scan. I actually couldn't get through this version.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 9, 2010

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    eBook version is full of typos

    The book is good. Unfortunately, I found several typos in the eBook version, apparently the result of optically-scanned pages (like 'bom' instead of 'born' - page 720; 'mshing' instead of 'rushing' - page 726; etc). After recording an average of one error per page, I had to switch back to the paper book. I would appreciate a revised PROOF-READ version of this book. As it is, I'm going to try to get my money back for it. I recommend ... the Paperback version.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2012

    Fix the typos

    This is oneof the best books I've ever read. However this ebook version is awful. I think BN used a bad OCR(optical recognition) scan. This is riddled with errors like sh?gun for shogun and Tokaid for Tokaido. I wish BN would fix the errors because it is virtually unreadable otherwise. You are better served borrowing the physical book from your library or buying the paperback.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2012

    A peek into feudal japan

    I'm re-reading this, having read it back when I was in high school. Clavell does a great job at immersing the reader into the book's setting. You really identify with Blackthorne, the quintessential stranger in a strange land where political intrigue, romance, eastern philosophy, war and death all intertwine. A must read.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 8, 2011

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    This book had me hooked from Beginning to End!

    I absolutely loved this book! I picked it up based off the high ratings. It is a long read and will at times seem to go slow, but there was nothing about it I would want changed. All the characters kept you interested and wanting to learn more! Loved it and cannot wait to read another of James Clavell's books!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 27, 2009

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    EBook version is a mess

    I just want to warn those who are thinking of buying the EBook version - it's a horrible mess. Apparently no-one checked the transcription, because every page has dozens of mis-spellings, paragraphs moved out of order, even whole pages set out of order throughout the book. I'm going to contact B&N and demand a refund, it's almost unreadable.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 17, 2009

    Amazing Book

    The plot of this novel was not entirely original, but it was well written. The characters were interesting and involving. By the end of the first 100 pages, i had a clear image of exactly what the author wanted me to feel towards each persona. unfortunately, a little research has lead me to believe that much of the culture and behavior presented in this book is false. It is sort of connected, but it has been exaggerated way out of proportion.<BR/><BR/>Sources also seem to indicate that this novel was simply a revision of the actual Japanese events, twisted way out of proportion and given a dramatic twist or two. As far as historical, grammatical, and cultural references go, this book can not be held in high esteem. As a work of fiction in itself, it is seductively addicting. I recommend this book to any avid reader of Historical Fiction. Just don't assume that what your reading is academically correct. Of course, if you were an avid reader of said genre, then you should know not to commit everything you read to memory, if anything. To sum it all up, Historical-C, Fiction A++.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 12, 2010

    A thrilling book that I have read over and over again.

    This book was one my mom suggested to me in high school. I was skeptical at first, mostly because of the size, but once I got past the beginning (which was somewhat slow and creepy to me at the time), I was hooked. I reread this book once a year for several years after I first read it. Despite the size of the book (over a thousand pages with somewhat small print), I reached the end of the book and wished that it would continue on for another thousand pages! My only advice for anyone who is new to this book is to be careful to get past the first part of the book. It is slow at times, and it is very creepy at times, but it really starts to pick up after the first chunk of the book. I almost didn't keep reading, but I am glad I kept going. I would suggest this book for most people because it has multiple story lines and multiple themes. Each time I read the book I find myself focusing on different story lines that I hadn't noticed the first time around.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2012

    Ninja Cole

    Empress Teresa l ask for a higher position

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2012

    A powerhouse of a read! I treated myself to the DVD afterwards...and the unabridged audiobook.

    I rarely put this read to rest; reading it non-stop day and night, at home , work, in the driveway and in bed and also at the dinner table. The intricacies of political strategy likened to chess; the characters be they major, minor or seemingly insignificant all serving with significant purpose. I enjoyed the humor, the banter, gained insight on what was the historical, cultural, economical, spiritual, traditional and future influences that the role of each country being represented within posed everlasting. Read this book, you'll not be sorry.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 19, 2012

    Highly Recommended - Engrossing...a must read!!!

    James Clavell's first in a series of Asian Saga novels is set in 17th century Japan. Clavell allows the reader to become engrossed in early Japanese tradition well beyond mere cultural themes. A love story embedded within a civil war setting, Shogun will mesmerize the reader with historical persepective, an in-depth look at Japanese customs, and of course, the impact and influence of the samurai in this island nation.

    A must read!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2012

    It was difficult to put this book down!

    This book is so good! I read it and, several years later, decided to re-read it and continue reading the series. I plan on reading it again!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2011

    AP World History Review: Insightful and Knowledgeable

    Shogun, written by James Clavell, was written in 1975. It follows the adventures of a European stranded in feudal Japan. The main character is John Blackthorn, pilot of a fleet that is shipwrecked along the coast of Japan. The novel is filled with historical information, and is perseptive. It revolves around many actual events that occurred during the Middle Ages. Not only is Shogun about history, however, it is a tale of friendship, loyalty, love, and war. Blackthorn, during his stay in Japan, learns a lot about life in Japan during this time. He learns about Japanese culture. He learns that the Japanese people highly value repect, honor, as well as how they viewed other cultures. It is discussed in the novel that Japanese during this time saw Europeans as barbarians, because of their conduct and blunt language.
    Shogun also follows a huge historical event of the time. This is the Western Schism. During the 1600's, there was great confict inside the Christian church, as well as conflict between the Christian church and other churches. This is shown through the Jesuit priest at the beginaning of the novel, as well as through the fighting of the daimyos. At the end, Blackthorn is finally respected by the Japanese people, and he shares their view of Europeans. This book is a great read for people looking for historical knowledge. However, I would not necessarily reccomend it to someone looking for a novel to cuddle up with. It's slow-moving and hard to get interested in. If you have interest in the Middle Ages, however, this is the book for you. Shogun is interesting, and action-packed. It teaches readers a lot about Japan, and Japanese politics and culture. Not only that, but is also teaches about people in general, and how cultures see each other.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 21, 2011

    Highly Recommended!

    This is a literary classic and a must read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 22, 2011

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    Highly Recommended

    An epic novel by every definition. On a par with Follet's 'Pillars of the Earth' in terms of scope, and his 'Eye of the Needle' in terms of suspense. Clavell's 'Shogun' and his earlier 'Tai Pan' are studies of Eastern culture through Western eyes with admiration and a studied attention to detail, a translation if you will, that is at once masterful and uncanny in its breadth and insight. It was easy to travel back in time reading this under-appreciated and under-celebrated treasure. Any lover of book-reading,good story and superb writing craftsmanship will be totally adsorbed by this, Clavell's finest novel.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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