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Cloud of Sparrows was a satisfying read, but it was not the best book that I’ve ever read. The plot and writing style were gripping and easy to read, and I learned a lot about feudal Japanese culture. I was, however, disappointed by the remaining loose ends at the conclusion of the book. The multiple plots did not all finish at the same time, and the last one seemed like a hasty ending. It was fascinating to read the differences of culture between matsuola American missionaries and the feudal Japanese.
It was fascinating to read the differences of culture between the American missionaries and the feudal Japanese lords. One of the missionaries, Emily, is considered beautiful to Americans, but hideous to the Japanese. The edl are also shocked by the violence that the samurai so easily administer, such as samuri ritual suicide. The vast difference in rank between the daimyo and ordinary peasants is another foreign custom.
In return, the Japanese are confused by western homor, mentality, and even chairs. The book also has an element of magic. The family of the main character, Lord Genji, is cursed to see the future. Through out the story, Genji’s advisors and enemies question the legitimacy of his powers. Some people see it as a symbol of his power, others regard fakashi as a falsehood. I would have preferred it if the story didn’t have any supernatural elements.
It makes tkashi wonder if the novel was aimed at being historical or magical. The book has a nice balance between action, suspense, and subdued peace.
There are multiple plots ranging from the questionable loyalty of Genji’s advisors, the bloody past of one of the missionaries, and the relationship between Genji and his geisha. The plots are nicely woven together takashk all seem to connect in the end. As I said, the end of the book seems not as thought out as the rest of it, but it was still an acceptable ending. Overall, Cloud of Sparrows was a very nice historical novel.
It is evident that the author is knowledgable about feudal Japan. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in Japanese history. Zamurai helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.
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Tahu kapan untuk tahu dan kapan untuk tak tahu,sama pentingnya dengan pedang yang tajam. Suzume-no-Kumo Apakah kemampuan mengetahui masa depan bisa menguntungkan, atau justru membawa malapetaka? Mampukah pengetahuan seperti itu melahirkan seorang samurai sejati, yang tabu mengeluh ketika mengalami siksaan fi Pengetahuan bisa menghambat.
El Honor del Samurai : Takashi Matsuoka :
Mampukah pengetahuan seperti itu melahirkan seorang samurai sejati, yang tabu mengeluh ketika mengalami siksaan fisik paling hebat sekalipun, yang rela mati menjunjung tinggi kehormatan dan kesetiaan, namun tetap dianggap wajar untuk menangis tersedu-sedu saat merasakan keharuan dan kebahagiaan? Kastel Awan Burung Gereja adalah kisah hidup Daimyo Akaoka, Genji Okumichi–kisah tentang sebuah pergolakan zaman, perbenturan Timur dan Barat, budaya dan norma, agama dan dogma, kehormatan dan kemanusiaan, kisah yang akan menyeruakkan kesadaran kita bahwa pengetahuan dan keyakinan manusia bukan merupakan kebenaran hakiki.
Paperbackpages. Published by Qanita first published EdoJapan. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Kastel Awan Burung Gerejahknor sign up. See 1 question about Kastel Awan Burung Gereja…. Lists with This Book. When a psychologically disturbed senior samurai shows up who masters the art of fighting with two katanasyou know you’re in Shogun territory. It’s worth taking a slow ride.
Matsuoka can pass an important plot point or beautiful vignette by you in the flash of a geisha’s eye. It remains the ideal period setting to reflect upon the str When a psychologically disturbed senior samurai shows up who masters the art of fighting with two katanasyou know you’re in Shogun territory. It remains the ideal period setting to reflect upon the strengths, flaws and compatibilities between two cultures.
The reader always shares in the Bildung process. Genji’s subtle attentions towards the well-being of the people around him show life between the lines of history. An immature, heavily indepted bodyguard and a spinster handmaiden are steered towards the happy stability of married life.
A teenage farmer’s daughter who hojor mind a one night stand with an entitled but handsome nobleman remains untouched, her father handsomely rewarded for his hospitality instead. Don’t ask how a Wild West gunslinger wins a bamboo swordfighting contest on a few hours of training against warriors who could sever before they were toilet-trained.
The book rushes into its ending with the greatest implausibility of all: It’s a lousy set-up for sequels. We knew that Genji’s vision of the first Diet must either return by epilogue or sequel unless the pace quickens from Shouru’s horse to his visions of Tokyo commuters. But at this point, we have been dipped again and again in the dark past of these two strangers in a strange samurqi.
We want to see them overcome their demons.
Kastel Awan Burung Gereja (Samurai, #1) by Takashi Matsuoka
We also want to see the schism among Japanese nobility play out: A streamlined version of Shogun, sacrificing some of the depth of characterization and subtlety of political power games in favor of extra servings of ninja duels, geisha seductions and personal vendettas. The conflict between the Eastern and Western cultures is moved from toand the takasho of the Tokugawa Shogunate by American and European warships into opening the country for trade or legalized robbery as it turned out.
Japan is on the brink of major shift in policy, not yet A streamlined dwl of Shogun, sacrificing some of the depth of characterization and subtlety of political power games in favor of extra servings of ninja duels, geisha seductions and personal vendettas. Japan is on the brink of major shift in policy, not yet strong enough to respond to the foreigners provocations and held back by a medieval social system that has remained unchanged since the Battle of Sekigawara – often mentioned in the text as the previous major turning point in the history of the nation.
The main Japanese players are a progresive daimyo Genjihis household rel, his mentally deranged uncle, the most famous geisha in Edothe chief of the Shogun’s secret police and a ninja in his service. The american actors are a fiery pastor trying to establish a Christian mission and samurqi the “heathens” with the wl of his fiance and a new recruit that hides a past career as fast gun and bank robber in Texas.
The first half of the novel, setting up the plot and giving the background stories of the main cast is very well done, fast paced, complex and competently written.
I was personally less impressed in the final chapters, where I felt the build up was a bit wasted in a rush samurqi cram as many physical conflicts as possible and the plot twists proved to be less surprising than promised. The prose is very good for a debut novel, and if it didn’t capture the lyrical nature of the Japanese cultural identity as convincing as I would have liked, it made up for it in historical context and ordinary life details from the period.
My major issue with honlr story comes from the use of prophecy and the gift of foresight – a samurao component of the plot that has its place in a fantasy setting, but was anachronistic and fake in a historical novel.
Matsuoka tries to temper the supernatural by implying this ability to see the future is a device used by the daimyo to control his vassals and adversaries, but he gives too many hints about 20 Century events for the argument to gain traction.
The dialogue and the characters have a Hollywood flavor that is a bit shallow and theatrical, but I believe the story would translate well on the big screen.
It was not may favorite movie, but it was entetaining. And so is the book. Apr 10, Weni rated it it was amazing. Dibaca ulang, dalam rangka nggak ada bacaan hehe dan ceritanya juga udah agak lupa. Buku ini menceritakan kisah hidup Daimyo bangsawan agung Akaoka yang bernama Okumichi Genji. Genji digambarkan sebagai laki2 muda yang tampan namun sering diremehkan karena penampilannya tidak seperti samurai sejati. Dikatai terlalu lunak, pesolek, dll. Belum lagi pemikirannya yang sering ‘berbeda’.
Yang paling membuat gerah adalah sikapnya terhadap orang2 asing yang datang ke Jepang. Genji menerima para misiona Dibaca ulang, dalam rangka nggak ada bacaan hehe dan ceritanya juga udah agak lupa. Genji menerima para misionaris dari Amerika dengan tangan terbuka.
Jika ada hal yang membuat Lord Genji disegani, itu karena ia dipercaya memiliki kemampuan meramal.
Selalu ada 1 orang dalam setiap generasi Okumichi yang mempunyai kemampuan itu. Generasi sebelumnya adalah Lord Shigeru, paman Genji. Sebelumnya lagi, Lord Kiyori, kakek Genji. Tzkashi Kiyori takasui mati, sementara Shigeru sering menjadi gila karena ‘penglihatan2’ yang dialaminya. Padahal Shigeru adalah saurai pedang klan Akaoka yang kehebatannya di buku ini disebut2 setara dengan sang legenda, Miyamoto Musashi.
Dalam perjalanannya, Genji menunjukkan bahwa dirinya memang layak menjadi junjungan klan Akaoka, pemimpin bagi para samurai yang setia padanya. Musuh bebuyutannya adalah Kawakami, kepala polisi rahasia Shogun Tokugawa, yang menyimpan dendam pada klan Akaoka sejak lama. Kawakami dibantu oleh Kuma, sang ninja, dan oleh 2 samurai yang berkhianat terhadap Genji.
Tidak lengkap tentunya kisah hidup daimyo tanpa wanita. Ada 2 wanita dalam hidup Genji di buku pertama ini. Geisha paling cantik di Edo bernama Mayonaka no Heiko yang ternyata menyimpan rahasia dan seorang gadis misionaris asal Amerika bernama Emily Gibson. Saya suka buku ini. Sepertinya saya memang selalu tertarik dengan cerita2 berbau Jepang terutama Jepang masa lalu: D Cara bertutur Takashi Matsuoka tentang ribetnya aturan pada masa itu, atau tentang kebiasaan2 samurai sering mengundang senyum.
Ketika Genji akan pergi menyambut orang asing, dia harus memakai pakaian lengkapnya honoor berlapis2, lengkap dengan hiasan rambut yang rumit. Lalu dia harus membawa 2 buah pedang, wakizashi pedang pendek dan katana pedang panjang mstsuoka, dipasangkan di ikat pinggangnya. Kendaraannya adalah joli dengan 4 penandu dan dikawal oleh 2 lusin samurai.