The 47 Ronin Story

The 47 Ronin Story

by John Allyn


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47 Ronin Story is the classic Japanese story of Lord Asano of Ako and one of the bloodiest vendettas in Japan's feudal history. In a shocking clash between the warriors and the merchant class of seventeenth century Japan, there emerged the most unlikely set of heroes—the forty-seven ronin, or ex-samurai, of Ako.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780804838276
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Publication date: 09/28/2006
Series: Tuttle Classics Series
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.13(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Karate historian and authority Patrick McCarthy has spent over twenty years researching and studying the Bubishi and the arts associated with it. He is also the author of Ancient Okinawan Martial Art Volume 1 and Volume 2.

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DeltaQueen50 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
John Allyn¿s The 47 Ronin Story is the reworking of a celebrated Japanese samurai tale, perhaps based on actual history whereby a group of loyal Samurai planned and carried out their revenge on the man who they blamed for the execution of their own master.Samurai was the highest ranking a warrior could attain in feudal Japan and to be a Samurai one must be in service to one of the noble families. If something happened to that connection, then the Samurai became Ronin, and could not consider themselves men of honor until they found a new connection. Of course, if your master was killed, you were expected to exact revenge. The main character, Oishi, is the chief retainer under Lord Asano, and it is his duty to hold the Ronin together and figure out how they would take their revenge. Although many of the Ronin wanted to fight right away, Oishi felt the honourable thing to do was first secure the safety of his Lord¿s family, and wait for the best opportunity to destroy his Lord¿s enemy.A fascinating story, seeped in the rich Japanese culture, The 47 Ronin Story is a classic tale of honor and revenge. This story illustrates the importance of the Samurai code of honor, Bushido. John Allyn¿s version appears to remain faithful to the story that is much honoured in Japan with it¿s lessons in loyalty, sacrifice, honor and persistence. An original and stirring rendition.
nkmunn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An interesting read. If anyone can recommend the best movies based on the tale of the {book:47 Ronin story] I would be curious to see the story as a film.
Zare on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It took me some time to read this book ¿ to be honest, I have finished it from the third run ¿ I was just taken down by the first few chapters were background for the story was given. After that story becomes more interesting and reads very fast.After their lord is tricked to use force in Shogun¿s court and after he was expediently executed (as per law), lord Asano¿s samurais find themselves without master and noble house to serve. In the world where there is distinct difference between nobility and commoners (especially visible during the theater performance where samurais just cant believe that common folk can comprehend their ideals) ending up as ronin (masterless samurai) is great embarrassment.After their petitions for justice are turned down, this brave group decides to take the ultimate step ¿ avenge their late master by taking down the man who brought him (and themselves) demise. They know that at the end they will face nothing else but death but they do not falter ¿ they are ready to follow their ideals to the very end. They start to prepare for their revenge by weaving the masterful plan of deception in order to put their enemies at ease. This is interesting story from time that seems to be lost now ¿ time when ideals were worth fighting for. It provides great descriptions of human nature and relations (especially how the numbers of eager warriors dwindled by time).Recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Three attributes that most people wish they strongly had: Loyalty, Determination, and Trust. Each of the 47 Ronin, or masterless samurai, had each of these traits. They have an undieing loyalty to their master, who didnt deserve his death, they have great determination and let nothing stop them from their duties at all costs. And they have trust, because each of them would trust one another with their life. This is a GREAT book and it describes in detail how real loyalty, determination, and trust should be. I think that there isn't anything bad about this book, and tells a touching story.I never knew samurai cared so much about honor and I wish people today cared about their family's honor. I think the book tells the Ronin story extremely well even though 'many details have been lost to history' says John Allyn, in the summary on the back of the front cover of my book. I recommend this extremely good book to anyone who would like to learn about samurais or honor & duty. I hope the people that decide to read this enjoy it as much as I did.