A bold English adventurer. An invincible Japanese warlord. A beautiful womantorn between two ways of life, two ways of love. All brought together in anextraordinary saga of a time and a place aflame with conflict, passion, ambition,lust, and the struggle for power...
Shogun is one of those rare books that you wish would go on forever. Indeed, Iknow people who re-read it every year. The story follows the adventures of marooned English sailor John Blackthorne in late medieval Japan during thetumultuous years when Tokugawa Ieyasu (here called Toranaga) was uniting allof Japan under his rule by any means necessary. It's truly an epic tale of war,honor, trechery, masterful manipulations, tragic heroism, and star-crossed love.The characters come alive completely and the plot is absolutely gripping. Bewarned that you probably won't be able to put this one down - Somehow I readthis 1000+ page book in only five days, ignoring all my schoolwork. I can't sayenough good things about this book - it never lets up, always keeps youthinking, and can be quite moving emotionally too. The other thing that's coolabout this book is how amazingly accurate it is historically, considering it'sfiction. One of my only complaints about this book is that Clavell changed all thenames even though almost all his characters were real people - even the maincharacter, Blackthorne, was based on a real guy. It would have been cool to getthe real names.Shogun is Clavell's masterwork - if any author writes a book this good even onlyonce in a lifetime he or she has suceeded. Everyone should read it, not becauseit will incredibly enrich your life (its only fiction after all), but simply because thisbook is so damn good it would be a shame for anyone to miss out on it.