The Lone Samurai: The Life of Miyamoto Musashi Paperback – 12 Apr 2013
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"Asked to name the best swordsman ever, most Japanese would pick Musashi, the famous 17th-century samurai turned artist who is the subject of more than 50 movies and dozens of books. But most of those focus on his superior warrior skills. This fascinating new biography by Wilson, an American translator of samurai literature, goes much deeper, seeking to explain what ultimately drove Musashi from sword-fighting to Zen teachings, ink paintings and writing. He literally embodies the adage 'the pen is mightier than the sword." -Newsweek InternationalThis is the perfect book to satiate your desire to experience the sacrifices and triumphs inherent to a life lived by the sword. Flaunt"While Miyamoto Musashi is one of the martial arts world's favorite warriors, relatively little is known about him. Thanks to historian William Scott Wilson, that's about to change. In The Lone Samurai: the Life of Miyamoto Musashi, Wilson presents a detailed account of the Japanese swordsman's --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
William Scott Wilson was born in 1944 and grew up in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. As an undergraduate student at Dartmouth College in 1966, he was invited by a friend to join a three-month kayak trip up the coast of Japan from Shimonoseki to Tokyo. This eye-opening journey, beautifully documented in National Geographic, spurred Wilson's fascination with the culture and history of Japan. After receiving a B.A. degree in political science from Dartmouth, Wilson earned a second B.A. in Japanese language and literature from the Monterey Institute of Foreign Studies in Monterey, California, then undertook extensive research on Edo-period (1603-1868) philosophy at the Aichi Prefectural University, in Nagoya, Japan. Wilson completed his first translation, Hagakure, while living in an old farmhouse deep in the Japanese countryside. Hagakure saw publication in 1979, the same year Wilson completed an M.A. in Japanese language and literature at the University of Washington. Wilson's other translations include The Book of Five Rings, The Life-Giving Sword, The Unfettered Mind, the Eiji Yoshikawa novel Taiko, and Ideals of the Samurai, which has been used as a college textbook on Japanese history and thought. Two decades after its initial publication, Hagakure was prominently featured in the Jim Jarmusch film Ghost Dog. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
It is by no means difficult to read either, and the authors use of a reference section at the back to further explain points in the text is extremely useful.
It is one of the most informative and entertaining books I have ever read.
At the age of thirteen Miyamoto Musashi won his first duel, by the age of thirty he had fought around sixty more, and had lost none, most ending in the death or serious injury of his opponent. After the age of thirty although he still fought - he chose to no longer kill or harm his opponents, he merely blocked, thwarted and demonstrated the weaknesses in their style of swordplay, until they gave up and understood that he was the better swordsman. This alone would be enough to create a legend of his life if it were all and yet, as the quote above states, there's much, much more. Musashi was not only one of the greatest swordsman of his time, he was also a poet, an extraordinarily skilled painter, sculptor, metallurgist, garden designer and philosopher and in a time when a career as a Samurai* meant being indentured to a master, Musashi followed his own path, committing his life to the way of the warrior.
Musashi was active during a period called the Kyoto Renaissance (1550 - 1650) after suffering a disastrous 150 years of internal conflict, with ancient temples, artwork and libraries lost for all time.Read more ›
Wilson has written an authoritative and accessible book on the life and times of this master. A master of his chosen martial art when it meant life and death in the most real sense, get it wrong and you die - period! A man of the greatest discipline and training in whatever he turned his mind to. This is a book about a man who fought in real hand to hand battles and became a supreme inspiration and strategist even now 400 years later.
It doesn't matter if you've never handled a sword or even if you never intend to, this is abook written about and inspiration.
Who better then than the highly talented and travelled William Scott Wilson to translate this historical masterpiece.
I'm going to have to read it again so that I can give you a better review. Amazon deleted my last one, (along with 150 other reviews!) which detailed the stories in the book.....but....it's just the sort of well written and EXCITING book that you would want to re-read anyway.
If you're into Japanese culture, history and Budo (Martial Arts), then this title should take pride of place in your library!
The book is relatively small and fast paced, the large, clear fonts help even my tired old eyes. The book is attractively laid out and includes a couple of welcome and well considered maps and a few well chosen images of paintings by Miyamoto Musashi (or Nitin - his artist name) to supplement the text. The book is beautifully bound in a tasteful hard cover. There is a quality/Japanese influence/feel to the book.
What to make of Miyamoto Musashi though: the spoilt son of a samurai; violent young killer thug; highly skilled, intuitive, competitive & lethal swordsman; loner; friend of the powerful & famous; deep Zen martial artist; accomplished painter/sculptor/poet/warrior; a legend in his own lifetime and for hundreds of years since. Perhaps all these things and more. He is Japan's most famous swordsman, yet he often used a bokken (a wooden training sword) rather than a steel sword (e.g. katana) as his primary weapon - killing with it sometimes. A more complex character/history than I expected but perhaps a product (albeit an exceptional example) of his time & place.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An interesting book about feudal Japan and the people that shaped its future. Not sure to have fully grasped the philosophy of its men-of-war but it makes good reading.Published 4 months ago by Chefe Arariboia
If this is the culture you are interested in, this is a good book. A little short on detail at times, but ultimately, a good insight into his life and art.Published 18 months ago by David W Varga
you learn alot of musashi,s life and battles very big fan thou found parts of his character not that pleasant but excellent and very interesting readPublished on 15 Jun. 2014 by foxy lady
Well worth a read especially if you are interested in historical Japan or if like me you have read Musashi the novel and would like to know a bit more about the real man. Read morePublished on 29 May 2014 by William K
What a lovely and thorough treatise of one of the greatest figures in Japanese history
and certainly the GREATEST in Japanese folklore. Read more
This was an exceptional insight into the true way of the martial arts and the dedication it would take to accomplish. Truly remarkable.Published on 21 Feb. 2014 by barbara mcdermott
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