Tokaido Road: A Novel of Feudal Japan

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After the execution of her father, the young and beautiful Lady Asano, who now calls herself Cat, is in grave danger: the powerful Lord Kira's campaign against her family is continuing and she must find Oishi, the leader of the fighting men of the Asano clan. Cat believes he is three hundred miles to the southwest in the imperial city of Kyoto.
Disguising her loveliness in the humble garments of a traveling priest, Cat begins her quest along the fabled Tokaido Road. All she has ...
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Overview

After the execution of her father, the young and beautiful Lady Asano, who now calls herself Cat, is in grave danger: the powerful Lord Kira's campaign against her family is continuing and she must find Oishi, the leader of the fighting men of the Asano clan. Cat believes he is three hundred miles to the southwest in the imperial city of Kyoto.
Disguising her loveliness in the humble garments of a traveling priest, Cat begins her quest along the fabled Tokaido Road. All she has is her samurai training, her deadly, six-foot-long naginata, and her quick wits. And she will need them all, for a ronin has been hired to pursue her, a mysterious man who will play a role in Cat's drama that neither could have ever imagined. . . .
"Breathtaking . . . Intriguing . . . It reminds us that the Japanese regard eroticism as an art, a skill as cultivated as flower arranging and pouring tea." — Boston Sunday Herald

A powerful lord continues to campaign against Lady Asano's family--even after he has Asano's father executed. Asano changes her name to Cat, disguises herself as a priest, and begins her search for Oishi, the leader of the Asano clan. "A sweeping tale of vengeance, mystery, adventure, intrigue, and love set in early 18th-century Japan. . . ."--Rave Reviews. (Historical Fiction)

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Robson bases this romance on an actual feud and steeps it in the customs and culture of 18th-century Japan. Despite the book's impressive historical detail, its young heroine's picaresque adventures lack a vital spark. (May) *CHILDREN'S *BOOKS*
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In 18th-century feudal Japan, 47 former retainers of Lord Asano avenged his forced suicide by killing Lord Kira. Robson embellishes this story, giving Asano a daughter by a second wife. When the novel begins, the daughter Kinume, known as Cat, has become a courtesan in the pleasure district of Edo--later Tokyo--to support herself rather than become a nun as had her mother. Trained in the samurai arts, Cat has vowed revenge on Kira. She sets out to find her father's chief councilor, which means a 300-mile trip to Kyoto. Pursued by Kira's hirelings, she is joined on the Tokaido road by a peasant girl, Kasane, and by Hanshiro, a lordless samurai who had been assigned to find Cat. Replete with hand-to-hand battles, rooftop chases, and perilous escapes, their adventures are also rich in details of customs, attire, ritual, and terrain, punctuated with poetry. Written by a former librarian, this depiction of an era commands interest. Recommended for historical fiction collections, especially those building a Far East segment. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 11/15/90.-- Ellen Kaye Stoppel, Drake Univ. Law Lib., Des Moines
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345356390
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/22/1992
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 494
  • Product dimensions: 4.15 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 1.18 (d)

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