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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Hutchinson; New edition edition (5 Aug. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091794986
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091794989
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.2 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 322,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Stretching back and forth through the centuries, Matsuoka weaves a timeless tale of intrigue and romance' Booklist 'Matsuoka's rich, authoritative storytelling makes this an engrossing read' Publisher's Weekly 'Offers one of the most impressive feats of storytelling to come along in years... told in all the rich and exotic detail that made [Cloud of Sparrows] such a delight' San Francisco Chronicle Books

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Takashi Matsuoka grew up in Hawaii. He lives in Honolulu, where he was employed at a Zen Buddhist temple before becoming a full-time writer. He is the author of the acclaimed novel, Cloud of Sparrows.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A. Buhain on 9 Aug. 2006
Format: Paperback
I immediately looked for this book after having finished The Cloud of Sparrows, and it didn't disappoint. The style of writing that Matsuoka used in the first book is the same here, although with emphasis on detail, in order to explain a lot of the mysteries in the first book (yes, reader, read the first one first, to fully enjoy the 2 books!!!). As I was nearing the last pages, I was wishing that the story didn't have to end--it was that good! Once more, we are allowed to take a peek into the Japanese culture, and this time it spans almost 7 centuries, and across continents. What I really like about this book is that heroes and anti-heroes are mostly well-defined, there are no mid-story character shifts, and this allows me to get into the characters properly and love OR hate them until the end.

Despite the difference in cultures and beliefs, the premise of love and honour being better than greed and selfish ambition is there in both east AND west. Not all things that SEEM different ARE different after all.

READ THE BOOK! It is very entertaining AND thought-provoking.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. K. Minch on 13 Aug. 2004
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Superb book, follows on from the first one, I know I will read this book again, believeable characters, some very interesting information about japan during that time, buy it, buy it, buy it, but read the other one first.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By DR Nick LAUNDY on 27 Aug. 2004
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What can I say? Read both cloud of sparrows and autumn bridge in less than 3days. If you enjoyed Shogun - get it, if you enjoyed Last Samurai - get it. If you've come here by mistake -still get it!
An excellent riveting pair of books. Explores the human psyche, love, honour, betrayal, friendship. Epsisodes of high suspence and tension. Plus samurai, ninja, gunslingers, mongol hordes, zen priests all whilst spanning Japan's history from 1281 to 1953. I can only hope there will be more to come from this exemplary author!
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To be read after having read the first novel "A Cloud of Sparrows".
Spanning a period that goes from the 12-13th century until the last entry of 1953 we meet again a lot of the characters of the first book and learn what happens to many of them. We finally learn the story of Lady Shizuka and how the capability to prophesize came to be in the Okumichi clan.
The chapters jump backwards and forwards through the ages, however this does not distort the narration as sometimes happens in other books.
Very enjoyable book and a must read for those who enjoyed "A Cloud of Sparrows"
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Naomi B on 1 Nov. 2006
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This is a subtle, complex yet very readable novel. The characters are well described, and the conservations between them well written. It is set in Japan, and unlike the first novel go's back in time, to the 13th century and the character Lady Shuzuka. It has many of the same characters such as Lord Genji and Matthew Stark. It is humorous in parts, and I would reccomend it to anyone that likes to read a good novel, and one with more to it than the average piece of fiction.
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