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Harpoon Paperback – 4 Aug 1988

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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd; New edition edition (4 Aug. 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099543001
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099543008
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 11.4 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,064,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a highly recommendable book for anyone interested in Japanese culture & drama.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding historical novel! 3 Feb. 1998
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First-rate historical novel combining the history, culture, and martial arts of Japan at the end of the 19th century. This is the kind of book that you want to go on and on--the only disappointment is that it comes to an end. Absolutely one of the best novels I've ever read.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nicol is Master! Understand Japanese spirit. Unbound Passion 23 July 2001
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The book left me really sad...because I finished reading it and won't enjoy it anymore! The characters have a thorough psycological description and represent the different views toward a country's foreign policy. The book plainly shows the inevitability of globalization and the difficulties of change, in a mid 19th century historical setting. Nonetheless, Nicol manages to grab the reader in its romantic, loyal, respectful, aggressive and highly passionate relationships among its characters.
Please don't miss it. (You may also be interested in a chinese historical novel "Warlord" by Malcolm Bosse) BRAVO Nicol!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Topical, accurate and absorbing reading. 25 May 2006
By D. Burton - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I stayed near the whaling village of Taiji for a year where the beginning of the story is set.

The first question the locals asked me was "What do you think about whaling?"

Of course, I'm an Aussie surfer with a Japanese wife, this is not an easy question to answer. I deplore whaling but set out to read this book to help me understand their point of view.

Nicol lived on a whaling boat for a season and wrote this book on the high seas. It's a great yarn, full of vivid, often

romanticised descriptions. The one armed hero typifies the 'never give up' Japanese character of years gone by. Nicol, a world renouned conservationist, cronicles historical events in an entertaining style illuminating a fascinating period in world history.

A highly satisfying work and well worth the read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars an oriental novel written by a westerner 10 May 2006
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Most authors aren't very good writing novels outside their cultures. Few western authors can over novels outside the western mindset. Nicol achieves it. He does it brilliantly.

This is a novel of adventure. Set in Japan as the closed country is forced toopen to the outside world and how the culture adapts to the new situation. This is a novel of youth growing into adulthood. One wounded boy rebuilding himself while seeking himself outside his own world. All other characters are supporting cast.

A most enjoyable read.
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