The strength of all this lies, in part, in the fact that both sets of characters are as exotic to us as they are to each other--Takashi Matsuoka is wittily smart about how much things change in a century and a half. He also writes brilliantly and excitingly when describing a scene of battle, a gun or sword duel. This is a startlingly good debut. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
the obvious and complex differences between east and west are unveiled in this beautiful story of honour war and love. i can't wit to read the next book in the series!Published 5 months ago by ANNE WRAITH
I read this book over 5 years ago and decided it was such a classic I would buy one for the shelves so I never lose it while borrowing friends.Published 11 months ago by LolaRuiz
Second time I read Cloud of Sparrows this time on the kindle and the magic worked again. To all fans of ancient Japan culture this book will take you to a land of samurai and... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Kickersfan
Set at the end of the feudal period in Japan this novel faithfully explores the differences in Japanese and western cultures and tells an exciting tale of Samurai adventures with a... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Richard W Illingworth
Very interesting story, nicely written, has the feel of real Japanese culture and language. I try to find the second book, Autumn Bridge, but seems very difficult to buy it new and... Read morePublished on 26 July 2011 by velissaria
This story appears to mix a Japanese legend of Gunji with an all action love story. It gives a fascinating insight to the culture of the 19th century, as well as of the conflicts... Read morePublished on 29 May 2011 by Mrs. N. F. Blamey
If you enjoyed the Otori trilogy this is very worthwhile reading.
The story takes place towards the end of the shogun period and westerners are arriving in Japan. Read more