Customer Reviews


16 Reviews
5 star:
 (5)
4 star:
 (6)
3 star:
 (3)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:
 (2)
 
 
 
 
 
Average Customer Review
Share your thoughts with other customers
Create your own review
 
 

The most helpful favourable review
The most helpful critical review


6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Samurai honour !!
This book really shows what Samurai honour and duty is and takes the reader into a world that is to western eyes hard to comprehend. The Samurai in question are taking revenge on their lord's death under dishonourable means. They are not suppoed to by the law of Japan but this does not apply to Samurai custom. The pace is action packed and described in very good detail,...
Published on 6 Sept. 2011 by Paul Rochester Kent

versus
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars japanese cowboy book
This book is fine for a simple none taxing read. Not enough detail, and the story whizzes along far too quickly for one to feel fulfilled when read.
Published on 13 Dec. 2012 by Ditto Ditto


‹ Previous | 1 2 | Next ›
Most Helpful First | Newest First

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Samurai honour !!, 6 Sept. 2011
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: 47 Ronin (Kindle Edition)
This book really shows what Samurai honour and duty is and takes the reader into a world that is to western eyes hard to comprehend. The Samurai in question are taking revenge on their lord's death under dishonourable means. They are not suppoed to by the law of Japan but this does not apply to Samurai custom. The pace is action packed and described in very good detail, if you have read Shogun by James Cavell then this, albeit a short volume, will remind you of some themes in that. Highly recommended.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


4.0 out of 5 stars Short but Compelling, 11 Aug. 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: 47 Ronin (Kindle Edition)
Having seen the recent trailers for the upcoming film 47 Ronin starring Keanu Reeves, I found this on amazon for £2 and decided to give it a go. This book is fairly short at just over 150 pages and is definitely an engaging and interesting read .

Asano Naganori is the lord of the Ako clan and every other year he must go to the capital Edo and spend a year living there to cement the peace between the clans.
On arriving in Edo he is given the news that his wife has borne another child and immediately suspects foul play due to the babies emerald green eyes.

The Shogun Tokugawa Tsunayoshi instructs his master of ceremonies Kira Yoshinaka to teach Asano the proper etiquette required as he is to host important guests and the Ako clan have served the Shogun faithfully for generations.
On meeting Kira, Asano is struck by the man's emerald green eyes and all becomes clear to him, his honour must take precedence and he will kill the master of ceremonies.
Faced with twelve samurai, Asano realises that he has dishonoured himself in an effort to maintain his honour he has broken the law twice by drawing steel and killing a guard.
Asano's honour and the samurai mandate require he commit seppuku, take his life, first by driving his sword into his abdomen and then decapitation, a ritual to save further dishonour.
Oishi Kuranosuke the chief retainer of the Ako Clan faces one option, only revenge and the death of Kira Yoshinaka will satisfy their honour and they are now Ronin, the masterless Samurai. On their trip to the capital they encounter several battles which reduce their number from over 300 to just 47 Ronin, but revenge and duty to their late lord must wait for an opportunity to present itself.

A compelling tale of honour and revenge as these warriors were the inspiration behind bringing back 'the way of the warrior' to the hearts of the people. Quite how Keanu Reeves and the magic of a witch fits into this I don't know but the film looks really good and the book definitely is.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars japanese cowboy book, 13 Dec. 2012
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: 47 Ronin (Kindle Edition)
This book is fine for a simple none taxing read. Not enough detail, and the story whizzes along far too quickly for one to feel fulfilled when read.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A travesty of Japanese Literature, 1 Aug. 2012
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: 47 Ronin (Kindle Edition)
I already had a reasonable knowledge of the story of the 47 Ronin before reading this book, but the view of another author is always useful, or so I thought. Unfortunately the author has presented a dumbed down, sexed up version of the story to the point where the original meaning is all but lost. A preamble to set the scene in feudal japan and introduce the main character, a nice idea, is instead used to add a rape scene and a bit of gratuitous violence and nothing else. Character development over the remaining story is non-existant and at the end you are left questioning why this is one of the most famous stories to come out of the period. The ongoing debate about the actions of the samurai - did they act correctly or focus too greatly on success - is ignored. Even the final dilemmer of the Shogun on how to deal with these popular lawbreakers is not really mentioned. There are many other versions of this story available on the market - try a different one.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


4.0 out of 5 stars one word - awsome., 25 Jun. 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: 47 Ronin (Kindle Edition)
Brillint story masterly executed. It's efforts from authors like this that make me want to study history. The characters are engaging and the whole thing in general makes you ask yourself one question..... how far would you go for honour??
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


3.0 out of 5 stars However I was disappointed at the abrupt ending to the book, 31 Mar. 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: 47 Ronin (Kindle Edition)
I was aware of the story of the 47 Ronin before buying the book. However I was disappointed at the abrupt ending to the book. It came as a bit of an anti climax. Otherwise a pretty true account of the events that took place.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars What a saga. Better than the holiday., 17 Dec. 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: 47 Ronin (Kindle Edition)
If Carlsberg wrote Japanese Saga this would be first off of the press. Tight, crisp, Probably the best Japanese martial book equalled only by the Five Rings. If only we lived in a world so loyal.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


4.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable saga, 10 Jan. 2013
By 
Dazzstiff (stowmarket, suffolk England) - See all my reviews
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: 47 Ronin (Kindle Edition)
The only reason I give this four stars is that I found the constant third person present tense a little confusing at times. However a fascinating account of what it means to be samurai.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars Written in a Samurai spirit, 19 Aug. 2013
By 
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: 47 Ronin (Kindle Edition)
Those, who like Samurai, way should read it.
I do recommend this book.
It's a bit hard to read but when you get used to the style it's hard to stop..
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


4.0 out of 5 stars Unusual, 11 Dec. 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: 47 Ronin (Kindle Edition)
I liked the narrative describing the plot, so I ordered this. Sometimes I am let down by a description, but this was a good book, and I enjoyed it.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


‹ Previous | 1 2 | Next ›
Most Helpful First | Newest First

This product

47 Ronin
47 Ronin by Dimetrios C. Manolatos
£2.21
Add to wishlist See buying options
Only search this product's reviews