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47 Ronin

47 Ronin [Kindle Edition]

John Allyn , Stephen Turnbull
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Now a major motion picture starring Keanu Reeves!

47 Ronin is the unforgettable tale of a band of samurai who defied the Emperor to avenge the disgrace and death of their master, and faced certain death as a result. This set off a chain of events that led to one of the bloodiest episodes in Japanese history. In the process, it also created a new set of heroes in Japan.

After being goaded into attacking a corrupt official at the Japanese Court, the Lord Asano is ordered to commit seppuku, or ritual suicide. His lands are confiscated and his family is dishonored and exiled. His samurai now become ronin, or masterless, and are dispersed. Rather than accepting their fate, the Ronin spent many months making careful plans for revenge, biding their time until the moment to strike was right! Their deeds became Japan's most celebrated example of bravery, cunning, and loyalty in an age when samurai were heroes, and honor was worth dying for.

John Allyn does a masterful job of presenting 47 Ronin as a compelling and suspenseful tale—one that will appeal to fans of the December 2013 film starring Keanu Reeves.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1796 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 4805312033
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; Reprint edition (10 Sep 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #178,842 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! 12 Aug 2004
This wonderful book is a bit of historical fiction that is based on one of the most famous examples of samurai honor and bravery. In 1702, Naganori Asano-Takuminokami was on a ceremonial visit to Shogun Tsunayoshi, but when he was insulted by a greedy and conceited courtier, Lord Asano struck him with his sword, violating the law, and resulting in his own order to commit ceremonial suicide. With the Asano estates forfeit to the Shogunate, all of his samurai were made masterless samurai or ronin.
Determined to regain their honor through killing the courtier for his role in their master's death, 47 of the ronin bided their time, and struck back at their hated enemy. Though the Shogun was impressed by their devotion to Bushido, as indeed was the entire nation, he had no choice by to give them the most lenient sentence that he could, by allowing them to commit ceremonial suicide. And with that, the 47 ronin passed from this life into legend.
This is a very moving book, and is much better than I had expected. The author does an excellent job of painting Japan as it then existed, and really brings the characters to life. I really enjoyed this great book, this stirring tale of honor, and highly recommend it to you.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read 9 April 2001
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I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book . The story as you would guess revolves around the revenge taken by the 47 Ronin of the Asano clan. The book in a whisper is about Lord Asano who is sentanced to death for striking a man who provoked him. As a result of this, his followers are stripped of everything that they own. Later the ronins find out that the man who provoked their Lord is still alive and they seek revenge. The story takes a while to get to the actual revenge, due to that it took them two years to avenge. The facts in the book are very realistic to the real events at the time.
Overall the story is very well written and is suitable for most ages. The book may not be the longest but at 240 pages long, it is still a noble read.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Loyalty dwarfs all other moral obligations 4 Aug 2007
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This book is a credible modern version of the Japanese saga of the 47 ronin (ex-samurai), for whom honor and loyalty to their master were the prime sense of their life.
When their master is slain because he fights against corruption (high taxes, briberies) and silly laws (the `Life Preservation Laws' of the Shogun, making animals more privileged than human beings), their only life goal becomes revenge, `bringing peace to their master's soul', because `a samurai cannot live under the same sky as the slayer of his lord'. But at the end only 47 of his former soldiers remain loyal to their cause and will try to seek revenge for their master's execution.

This book doesn't attain the high standards of well-known Japanese classics (e.g., The Tales of Genji) and flirts sometimes with melodrama. But it is a worth-while read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 47 ronin 6 May 2014
By jesse
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more based on the legend rather than the recent motion picture,gives an insight into the legend that stil evokes today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ace 14 April 2014
By nicayu
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I absolutley looked reading this book, it is such an epic tale of old and and true story, it's 100 times better a story than the recent fantasy Keanu Reeves film remake. You'll not regret picking it up.
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