The Pillow Book of the Flower Samurai Hardcover – 5 Jul 2012
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A suspenseful story of love, sacrifice and honour and an absorbing studyof a strong-willed woman trying to make her way in a world ruled by men. "Chatelaine""""
MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA meets CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON - THE PILLOW BOOK OF THE FLOWER SAMURAI is a gorgeously vivid, fresh historical that instantly captures the imaginationSee all Product description
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I don't know enough about Japanese history to be able to comment on how accurate (or not) this story might be, but I was looking forward to reading it very much and really felt that it failed to deliver. This should have been a great and involving adventure but for huge chunks of the book I felt bogged down by the dense nature of the writing.
Such a shame.
I don't know enough about 12th century Japan to be able to pick holes in the historical details, if there are any, but this novel seemed firmly grounded in both the historic and technical details and the culture and ethos of the age. I was particularly interested in the way that the novel weaves Buddhist philosophy into characters' motivations - the samurai were probably the most violent of that avowedly pacific religion. The characters were credible, and the narrative was certainly quick enough for a book of 450 pages. Whether our heroine, Kozaisho, is exactly a female role model I will leave to others, but she is certainly a strong woman who does the right thing and both reaps the benefits and suffers the consequences throughout.
Very highly recommended, whether you like military historical fiction or chick lit! I do hope that Ms Lazar is working on another novel.
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