Musashi: An Epic Novel of the Samurai Era

Musashi: An Epic Novel of the Samurai Era

Hardcover

$35.00
View All Available Formats & Editions
Choose Expedited Shipping at checkout for guaranteed delivery by Thursday, April 25

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781568364278
Publisher: Kodansha USA
Publication date: 09/14/2012
Pages: 984
Sales rank: 59,004
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

EIJI YOSHIKAWA was born in 1892 in Kanagawa Prefecture, near Tokyo. He began his literary career at the age of twenty-two. During his thirties he worked as a journalist while continuing to write stories and novels, reaching a large and appreciative readership through having his work published, often serially, in newspapers and popular magazines. At the time of his death in 1962, he was one of Japan's best-known and best-loved novelists. He received the Cultural Medal, the highest award for a man of letters, and other cultural decorations, including the Order of the Sacred Treasure.


CHARLES S. TERRY, the translator, was born in Mississippi in 1926 and graduated from Duke University. He first studied Japanese in the U.S. Navy during WW II and after the war received a master's degree from Columbia University in Japanese history. Resident in Japan since 1952, he also received a master's degree in Chinese history from the University of Tokyo and has since been active as a translator of works on Japanese art, architecture and history. He died in 1982.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

Musashi;An Epic Novel of the Samurai Era 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
_007_himself_ 4 days ago
Musashi was a very interesting read into the life of old Japan's samurai culture. Miyamoto Musashi's journey from a young footsoldier to an enlightened ronin was very interesting. Stopping along various teahouses, exploring the recently united Japan proved a unique experience in the life of average citizen during the 1600s and the influence of samurai in the country. I've given this book a 4/5 because, it was very entertaining, with it's historical places and intense duels. It had a very good mix of moral questioning and intense fighting between men. Musashi's various phases between being locked up in a room for 3 years and openly exploring the world with new eyes kept the book entertaining to read. The way of the samurai is an interesting one, and the first book in the musashi series proved to be an awesome story about a samurais discovery of what it actually means to be a true samurai.
IanMcCann__ 4 days ago
Musashi is a book about a young, arrogant Samurai developing into a master of the bade. It follows his journey across Japan, searching for ways to better himself. He betters himself and changes how he acts, fights and how he thinks showing major character development. The people he meets are unique and interesting and In enjoy reading about what they do and how they interact with him. Takeout becomes a master swordsman and it is a must read. I decided on a 4.5 review for this book for its excellent insight into Japanese Samurai culture in the 17th century. There way of life was obsolete at the turn of the century and it was exciting to see how they adapted and overcame that. The politics that happens going on in the background are very interesting in how they interact with the story and the character and how they change how he acts. I very much enjoyed the books and it is a must read. A true epic.
PainFrame More than 1 year ago
Go without regrets.  Musashi is the most famous of samurai, having won renown by traveling the country perfecting his skills as a swordsman (with a wooden sword!), developing the two-handed style, and remaining undefeated his entire life. This book tells his story, and a wonderful story it is. The most memorable thing to me is the vivid and living portrayal of each and every character. By the end you will come to love, respect, despise, pity or admire almost everyone. This is a story that sticks with you. I would compare it to my favorite western novel, Lonesome Dove, which won the Pulitzer. It’s a world that fully envelops you and affects you long after you’ve read it.
Anonymous 3 days ago
Musashi is a very good book. It shows true value in the amount of events that take place. The book does a great job of explaining the path of a person developing into a true samurai. Musashi develops into a man and as he is doing so he has to go through the history to find out about events that had taken place. The book does an amazing job of showing the Japanese culture in the ancient times. I give this book 4 stars due to it's excellence in boosting the amount of entertainment. The best part in my opinion is the house cleaning part. It was very entertaining to read about the culture and what everyone had back then. I recommend this book to you if you love adventure. Especially mythical powers like a "special sword". A true great story.
Miyamoto_Musashi 4 days ago
Musashi was a book made around the person Miyamoto Musashi. Book 1 start at 17 year and the battle of Segegohara and has him and his friend Matahachi blacked out and wakening up. They are then almost trampled and the go to the house of Oko and Akemi. They spend around 3 month before Musashi leaves for their home town... This book was wrote by the critiqued acclaimed Eiji Yoshikawa. It was translated by Charles Terry. It was called gone with the wind in Japan. The story fallows Musashi as he slowly get retaught after captured.
Minihawkeye 4 days ago
This was an amazing book! There was lots of action and plot twists to make this book entertaining. In this book Musashi goes on a log journey creating countless enimies and friends while learning what it takes to be a samurai. When things seem to be going downhill he somehow comes out on top proving he is not the person he was believed to be. I highly recomend this book because of how well it is written and the content of it. When you think you know what will happen next I always seem to be wrong the author wrote this in a way that is unpredictable in the best way. I was able to learn through this book how the Japanese culture was during this time while not being bored. As a person who doesn't read much for fun this book is now one that will always be one of my favorites!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Perfect endinga.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
IanMcCann__ 4 days ago
Musashi is a book about a young, arrogant Samurai developing into a master of the bade. It follows his journey across Japan, searching for ways to better himself. He betters himself and changes how he acts, fights and how he thinks showing major character development. The people he meets are unique and interesting and In enjoy reading about what they do and how they interact with him. Takeout becomes a master swordsman and it is a must read. I decided on a 4.5 review for this book for its excellent insight into Japanese Samurai culture in the 17th century. There way of life was obsolete at the turn of the century and it was exciting to see how they adapted and overcame that. The politics that happens going on in the background are very interesting in how they interact with the story and the character and how they change how he acts. I very much enjoyed the books and it is a must read. A true epic.