Samurai William

Samurai William

by Giles Milton

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ISBN-13: 9780753152270
Publisher: ISIS Large Print Books
Publication date: 09/28/2003
Edition description: Large Type
Pages: 432

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Samurai William 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Jamie638 on LibraryThing 29 days ago
This is the true story of William Adams, the English sailor who was shipwrecked in Japan in 1600. John Blackthorne, the protagonist of James Clavell's Shogun, is his fictional counterpart (just as the fictional Toranaga is the counterpart of Tokugawa). He really was called Anjin-san ("Mr. Pilot") by the Japanese.
Bingobuddy More than 1 year ago
If you like history, this is a very well written book. The author uses information from diaries as well as direct quotes from the diaries. The fun part is to figure out the words that have been misspelled. The detail was very good and if there was missing information then the author made note of this instead of trying to guess what was said or done. Some times the book seems to drag but with a book of this type I would not consider that bad. As a martial artist I was interested in the history of Japan dealing with the samurai but there was vey little information in the book on the subject of the samurai warrior.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a book about the period of first European contacts with Japon in 1600's. The book is non-fiction, but it is as captivating and easy to read as good novel. It leaves a wonderful flavor of the time and the society. Years earlier, I've read and liked Clavell's 'Shogun', and I enjoyed this book as a 'facts behind the story' follow-up on Japon.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Don't be put off by the fact that Milton is a British writer - he can actually write compelling prose. The story itself is fascinating, proving once again that truth is more interesting than fiction - in the right hands. My sole reservation is that the extensive quotation of 17th Century English gets tiring after a while.