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Way of the Samurai (Musashi Book 1) Paperback – 1 Mar 1989

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (1 Mar. 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671644211
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671644215
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.9 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,098,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Edom on 15 Jan. 2012
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I was delighted at the price of this phone extension cable and it has performed well in our busy home office, many thanks!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Life Changing. 17 April 2000
By Miko - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I first read this story about 12 or 13 years ago when I was entering my teens. Corgi originally released the first book in the series here in the UK at about that same time, and it took over a year for the series to be completed. However the story itself was written in 1935, first being printed in serialized form in one of Japans most famous newspapers, the Asahi Shimbun. The story is a very powerful one that keeps you within its grasp all the way throughout. As well as captivating your mind it captures your heart and your soon so entranced within the story itself that you actually feel that your there, experiencing it with Musashi. Along with a well devised plot that doesn't drift too far from the truth, there's an educational side that goes with it, that teaches you in great detail about feudal Japan, its people and its places and it does this without ever leaving the story. You will finish this book with a good knowledge and understanding of japans history and all without the need for history books. The characters are so well detailed, you can actually picture them very clearly in your head. Its a story that is so well written, so detailed and so enthralling that you actually forget that your living here in the present. Yoshikawa tells the story in such a powerfully romantic way that it might actually make you stop and think about yourself. All in all this book is a must buy. Out of the many books that I have read, this story is not only the best, but it's a story that I will hold in my heart for eternity. You may find yourself never ever wanting to lose this story but most of all, you will be so grateful that you found it.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
The Best Series Ever! 18 Dec. 1999
By Chris Hahn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
My lord! This book, as well as the other four have changed my very way of life. This is by far the best series i've ever read. i can only recommend this to all, and i mean all. this book along with the others have gotten me into swordsmanship, and the way of the samurai. anyway, I couldn't put this thing down, so i doubt you will be able to. read it!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Probably the best book I have ever read. 24 Aug. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is not only the greatest book I have ever read, but also probably one of the greatest books ever written. Eiji Yoshikawa follows the life of the brash young Takezo up to his transformation into Shimmen Miyamoto Musashi perfectly. I reccomend this to anyone looking for an enthralling tale that also shows gret insight into the life and culture of feudal Japan.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A reader from Frederick, MD, Sep 14, 1999 14 Sept. 1999
By Carl D. Lowery, Sr. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Probably the best book of feudal Japan that I have had the pleasure to read. Can not wait for Book II to be printed again.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Amazing Book 15 Dec. 2012
By Eliot Cooper - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one of the most memorable and gripping works of fiction that I have ever read. The book is a coming of age story about the birth of Japan's foremost samurai warrior 'Mushashi'. I find that this book teaches a lot about values (if indirectly). Musashi has to learn to control his own arrogance, and accept instruction from a number of mentors along his path.

It took me about 3 months to get through the first 30 pages of this book. There are a lot of long Japanese names which I found to be difficult to remember early on. After the learning curve, however, I found the book fantastic and finished the remaining 300 pages in just 2 nights!

The story is very clear and easy to follow and the characters are well developed. There is one monk character who adds a lot of humor to the book, and I'd recommend it just for that!

If you want a book that will make you think about your values, or if you are interested in samurai culture then I think this book would be a good fit for you.
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