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Posted March 2, 2009
This book is well written, but fairly inaccurate in its historical content. This is especially true when the examine the Mongol empire and its twice failed attempts to overtake Japan. Otherwise, it is an enjoyable quick read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 17, 2006
My mother got me this book one day out of the blue knowing that i had an interest in the subject so i read it and not only learned alot but enjoyed the whole thing. Buy it and see for yourselfWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 3, 2006
Great book if you want to learn about samurais and their culture. Teaches a lot about the wars and tells some japanese myths about samurais, ninjas, and other warriors. It's a small book, but a great read if you're into learning a new culture.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 22, 2006
The ways of the samurai This book is called the ways of the samurai and was written by Carol Gaskin & Vince Hawkins. This book describes over 700 years of history in Japan and is mainly focused on the samurai. The samurai were always at war and extremely complex. The word samurai means ¿to serve¿, the samurai will have his sword be his life he is sometimes given one at birth and then buried with it in his tomb. Personally I love this book. It had interesting information and you really understand the history of Japan. The only things I didn¿t like were that they kind of started to repeat information throughout the book and it was kind of short. The book wasn¿t exactly exciting to read because they were just giving information but when they were telling stories about famous battles and swordsmen it was interesting. You did feel like you were in the book because of the fact that they tell you almost every aspect of the life of a samurai. The characters in the book were realistic and seemed accurate unless they were telling of legend. The ending was interesting and well put I thought, they did not go through the book chronologically but they did talk about the end of the samurai and the beginning of the modern age. The author uses a 3rd person voice that he uses throughout the book. I was very glad that the author used a lot of Japanese vocabulary and it was interesting to learn what they meant. Something unique about the author was that he didn¿t just talk about their adult life as a solder they talk about how they were children and how they died. There wasn¿t a lot of dialogue in the book, the only time they used dialogue is when they told stories about famous swordsmen. On a scale from 1-10 I would give this book a 9 because it had a lot of interesting information that was thorough and precise but the only down side to this book was that they repeated a lot of the information and it was very short. I highly recommend this book to people of all ages and I think that it really gives you a small insight on Japanese history. I think that the Japanese people were a great people and that they will be remembered throughout historyWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 29, 2006
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