Yokashawa wrote Musashi - a novel that is like Japan's Gone with the Wind, and was made into the Samurai trilogy films starring Toshiro Mifune. It is a major cultural milestone. I came to this book after reading Musashi and expected to be disappointed. Heike is a very different book without some of the power of Musashi, however it is a good book in its own right. The translation is not as pleasant a read as Musashi but it is still a good read, it kicks the pants of James Clavell's Shogun for instance. Buy it without prejudice and you will not be disappointed. It gets four stars only because it cannot better the perfection of Musashi, which one of the world's best works of fiction.
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