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The classic samurai novel about the real exploits of the most famous swordsman. Musashi is a novel in the best tradition of Japanese story telling. It is a living story, subtle and imaginative, teeming with memorable characters, many of them historical. Interweaving themes of unrequited love, misguided revenge, filial piety and absolute dedication to the Way of the Samurai ...more
Hardcover, 970 pages
Published July 14th 1995 by Kodansha International (first published 1935)
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Alger
Sep 08, 2007 Alger rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 16+
A breathtaking fictionalization of the life of one of the world's greatest warriors and renaissance men. Yoshikawa takes us on a mezmorizing voyage to a crossroads in Japanese history that changed all the rules and gave birth to a legend. The book opens in the year 1600 at the end of the infamous battle of Sekigahara, where the armies of east and western Japan met to decide who would govern: Toyotomi or Tokugawa. In the end to Tokugawa emerged victorious and the 150 year period of civil war cam ...more
Jasper
Perhaps my expectations were too high but I was a bit disappointed by this book. I am really interested in (traditional) Japanese culture and looked forward to reading Musashi. Although it is an entertaining read and I did gain some inspiration from it, I found it really missed the depth you'd expect from such a saga.

Apart from Musashi himself, all the other characters in the book are fairly one-dimensional and as a consequence, the story does not really seem to progress or unravel after the fir
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Sam
I read this novel about four years ago. At the time, the teacher for whom I was doing a book report on this novel, thought I was insane for picking such a long and complex novel. I vaguely remember someone else in my class reading The Bourne Supremacy.

I would have this tied with I, Claudius for the best historical fiction I've yet to read. Telling the tale of Miyamoto Musashi, the sword-saint of Japan, it begins with his rural boyhood and ends with a final showdown between the great warrior and
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Rob
This is easily my favorite book. It's very long and translated from Japanese resulting in some rough spots, but nevertheless, I could not put this one down. I recommend this to anyone...well, anyone who loves sword fighting.
aaron
wow...that is the first thing that came to mind when i finished this book. it is easily the best historical fiction i have ever read. it is also the largest and most difficult book i have ever read. it is very japanese therefore some of the names and places tend to get mixed up in the nearly 1000 page epic. however...that is the only negative i have after reading this book. it will go down as one of my favorite reads of all time. it focuses on the life (very dramatized by the fantastic eiji yosh ...more
Najamuddin
Ini buku pertama yang banyak memberikan inspirasi dalam hidup saya. Dimana perubahan 180 bisa terjadi dalam hidup kita.
Buku ini tidak semata-mata darah dan pertarungan tapi lebih pada Semangat dalam pencarian dan pengembangan jati diri, Kesetiaan dan Kepasrahan Cinta, Keindahan dan Seni.
Saya memberikan rating penuh untuk buku ini, bukan karena akan dusukai oleh semua orang. Tapi lebih banyak ke pribadi saya yang tidak akan melupakan sihir dari buku ini pada kehidupan saya.
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Endah
Juli 2005 lalu, sebuah buku terbit—judulnya Elang Retak. Ditulis oleh Gus Ballon, buku ini menceritakan tentang operasi sebuah pasukan Angkatan Darat TNI di pulau tak bertuan, dekat samudera Pasifik. Pada mulanya, seperti buku-buku baru lain, rasa-rasanya tak ada beda. Tapi ada yang mengusik. Sebuah kalimat terpampang menggelitik di sampul depan: "Mati bukan masalah, hidup itulah persoalan."

Itulah kalimat yang pas untuk melukiskan kesan yang saya dapat setelah membaca Musashi. Seluruh apa yang d
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Anton
Yoshikawa was reccomended to me by my uncle, a Japanese History enthusiast. I have an active interest in Japanese culture and ritual, but not even a working understanding of their history. Taiko, the actual novel that was reccomended to me, has a very similar tone and feel as Musashi, but what really interested me in this book is that the politics of ancient Japan is the backdrop for the novel, as Musashi, a maturing Samurai, wanders through the Japanese countryside. Taiko is much more focused o ...more
Riannon
I didn't like this book. It consisted of boring parts, punctuated by parts where the main character and maybe other characters, would go do something really stupid because of their bizarre moral codes or lack thereof.

The book is old enough that the levels of sexism in it are absurd, and parts of it got me so annoyed that I was really distracted from the plot.

I suppose it's interesting to get a perspective on a VERY different culture, but half the time I couldn't fathom any conceivable logical
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David
An incredible, sprawling masterpiece... Yoshikawa tells the story of Japan's greatest swordsman, Miyamoto Musashi, in an awing bildungsroman that sees a young violent punk transformed into a masterful buddhist hero. Inspired the Hiroshi Inagaki Samurai films. Highly recommended.
umberto
Intimidated by its length for such a 7-book novel, I did not think I would finish reading this epic novel of a master samurai named Miyamoto Musashi (c. 1584-1645), one of the great Japanese swordsmen in 16th century Japan (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miyamoto...). However, it is not simply a novel of ruthless, gory and god-like fights we might have read in the same genre or guessed from its brutal-looking cover, rather it is a classic samurai novel penned brilliantly by Eiji Yoshikawa since it ...more
Martha Sockel
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Himawan
Pertama kali melihat buku ini, kira-kira 2 tahun yang lalu. Ia begitu tebal, dan terusterang itu membuat saya terprovokasi untuk membacanya. Dalam benak saya apa gerangan Gramedia menerbitkan buku yang begitu tebal seperti ini, apa buku ini bagus dan terkenal? Perasaan itu mengemuka, tapi tidak cukup menggerakkan saya untuk membeli. Kemudian, beberapa bulan terakhir, di blog teman saya ada sebuah tulisan mengenai Musashi, kupikir, betapa hebatkah tokoh ini dan bila benar demikian, apakah saya la ...more
Ratna Supartini
Novel ini bagaimana? Indah dan Keren!!! Dan akan saya taruh di urutan teratas dalam rak favorit.

Ketebalan novel yang mencapai 1.247 halaman disertai dengan banyaknya tokoh di sana-sini, yang terpaksa harus saya catat, saking banyaknya, tidak membuat saya urung untuk melahapnya sampai tuntas.

Semula saya menduga Musashi hanya menceritakan tentang peperangan dan teknik bertarung, ternyata novel ini lebih banyak memaparkan sifat-sifat manusia, dan semangat mewujudkan impian.

Miyamoto Musashi sendiri
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Taddow
I have been reading through this book off and on for several years and it was a grind at times bogged down by reoccurring themes and situations that got to the point of being absurd sometimes, as well as bouts of boring sections that did not seem to add to the plot. But...it was still a great book. Sometimes the imagery described in the story was breath-taking. Sometimes the deeper meanings and lessons being offered were inspiring. And lastly, in the end, it was a great epic story about a man's ...more
Tom
I am a huge fan of the old Criterion Collection samurai movies and I loved Toshiro Mifune's portrayal of Musashi, so I thought I'd give this a read. I found it VERY slow at the beginning, but I powered through. It took me as long to read this as it did to read Don Quixote….coincidentally, Musashi lived at the same time as Cervantes, so it was interesting to compare what was going on in Japan in the time of Shakespeare and Cervantes.

The story is epic in scope and follows Musashi Myamoto's life
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Brian
12/17/2003 - 9/10

Musashi is a semi-fictionalized history of the life and times of one of Japan's greatest swordsmen and samurai (it has been called the Gone With the Wind of Japan). Musashi lived around 1600 AD, and was renowned for developing a two sword fighting style. His Book of Five Rings has been very influential among samurai for his thoughts on spirituality, strategy, winning and of couse swordplay.


Musashi starts off as an insolent, wild boy. His goal of mastering the sword becomes a
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Serazhutdin Khappalaev
"Мусаси" Ёсикавы, изданный у нас под названием "Десять Меченосцев", повествует об отрезке жизненного пути выдающегося японского фехтовальщика Миямото Мусаси. Хронологически, действие романа начинается практически там же, где заканчивается горячо любимый мною "Сёгун" Джеймса Клавелла (надо перечитать!), однако, в отличие от западного взгляда на знаменательные исторические события в Японии, поступки главных действующих лиц романа куда менее масштабны в контексте геополитики, но намного более подро ...more
Casey West
First of all this book is LONG. Think of The Stand with smaller print. But it was a pleasure to read. It's a fictional historical novel about a real person. Miyamoto Musashi is one of the most famous samurai swordsmen to ever live. He developed the two sword technique and wrote the popular book about the way of the samurai--"The Book of Five Rings". This book was written in Japanese and translated to english so some of the storytelling and themes may be a little different from what english reade ...more
Andanti Prasetyandaru
nDaru sebenernya udah lama slesein ne buku,bagian pertama dari buku roman Jepang karangan Eiji Yoshikawa, Musashi, yang menceritakan kelahiran Takezo menjadi seorang yang memilih menjadi seorang samurai. Takezo berganti nama menjadi Miyamoto Musashi.

Ada tokoh kecil yang menyentuh nDaru. Otsu. Otsu, kalok menurut khayalan gambrang nDaru adalah gadis dengan perawakan mungil, cantik, lembut dan setia. Otsu setia banget pada janjinya buat nungguin Takezo setiap hari di jembatan Hanada dan tiga tahun
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Joel Judge
Mushashi is one awesome samurai, he da man. While an enjoyable fictionalized account of Miyamoto Musashi's quest to master the way of the sword, there were aspects of this book which really grated big time. Firstly, there was way too much contrived happenstance. So much so that I began to wonder if there were only three to four hundred people in all of 17th Century Japan.

Another complaint I have with Mushashi is that all the main protagonists were fairly one dimensional. Old granny Osugi is a b
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Dimitar
Apparently, all the Japanese have the same taste of postponing the culmination of a given moment, whether we'd say that about the Japanese cinema or books writing. Eiji Yoshikawa, seems to me, is the Akira Kurosawa of the Japanese books - continuous gradation of the events until the final moment of the clash; An action might begin in chapter 3, but it will finish in chapter 31.

It's a pleasure to read the book since it keeps you in constant tension, not being able where the danger might lay in. T
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dedeh
Yang penting adalah bagaimana berdiri di tempat yang benar, agar ia dapat menunggangi ombak jaman. Tujuannya mutlak, bukan sekedar hidup, tetapi harus berarti. – Musashi-

Perjalanan ‘manusiawi’ sebuah pencarian jati diri seorang anak manusia.

Sebuah penggalian ke dalam diri, pencarian jati diri, yang digambarkan dengan sangat manusiawi.

Perjalanan dari titik paling bawah, hingga pencapaian lebih tinggi. Yang sejatinya terjadi pada diri setiap manusia beradab. Mungkin itu sebabnya buku ini banyak
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Justtoreview
By far the best book I read, I could not put it down throughout 70% of the almost 1000 pages.

I found the book continuously humourous, interesting, and very detailed on the events of the story.

The various characters and the uniqueness among them, with the author giving them so many attributes that it told so much about their attitude, their background. So the way they manifested throughout the story was very unpredicatable, and interesting. It was also very good to see that there was no really
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Chandra Wirawan
Semenjak adanya senjata mesiu dan pelor , para samurai rontok satu per satu dan berjanji untuk membalik prinsipnya : dari yang kuat yang berkuasa dan menang , menjadi yang baik yang menang dan berjaya .

Ksah Samurai ini bisa dibandingkan dengan Pendekar pendekar negeri Tay Li atau film Tora Tora Tora dan Pearl Harbour : bagaimana mentalitas orang Jepang dalam menghadapi pertempuran . Atau Bruce Lee dan Jet Lee dengan berani mengangkat tema Karate Do versus Kung Fu dan film The Last Samurai .

Ini t
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Dani
Uno comienza el libro sabiendo el final, pues la batalla entre Musashi y Kojiro está escrita en la historia. Pero lo importante no es tanto el destino como el propio camino, como Kavafis nos recordaba en su poema Ítaca.
Así pues, el libro trata sobre el crecimiento de Musashi como samurai, desde su conversión de un joven conflictivo llamado Takezo, hasta convertirse en la leyenda que fue y sigue siendo, Miyamoto Musashi.
Genial libro, muy ameno, divertido, y ágil de leer a pesar de su extensión.
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Andrei
While I loved this book in the beginning, I began to grow weary of it as it progressed, nearly giving up at the half-way point.

First I should say that I enjoyed the writing style; it's straight to the point and the language used by the translator fit the narrative pretty well, I think, with only a few jarring idioms here and there.

What I didn't like about this book were the characters. No, I don't mean they were unlikable; it just seems to me that plenty of the main ones didn't really serve a
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Víctor Blanco
Una obra que no es redonda, pero sí genuinamente hermosa. Quizá es un problema de ritmo narrativo, o de exasperación de un gai-jin ante el fluir de la prosa japonesa, el motivo por el que no la catalogue con cinco estrellas.

Los personajes por lo general están muy logrados, especialmente Sasaki Hokiro y Mathachi Hon'iden (los dos que más claroscuros presentan) Aunque algunos de los secundarios me atraparon más bien poco. Por ejemplo, los personajes femeninos están construidos sin ningún tipo de e
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George
I read this book quite some time ago, but the story is still with me now - a testament to any great book. Eiji Yoshikawa is a master of story-telling and prose, and Charles Terry's translation is, as any good translation should be, indiscernible. The book could very well have been thought written in English, and beautifully so.

The 970 page (over-sized page) epic is difficult to sum-up in a few short sentences... but the basis of the book is the life of the greatest warrior (calling him a 'swords
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Diah Ayu
ini nih yg namanya lone ranger. one man show bener deh.

dulu, pas SMA ato awal kuliah gitu, pernah baca buku ini yang versi novel kecil-kecil itu. kalo gak salah ada tujuh buku. trus entah pas nyampe buku keberapa gak lanjut, dan jadinya masih penasaran hingga bertahun-tahun kemudian. nah, karena sudah entah berapa tahun lamanya, jadinya ya diulang deh baca dari awal. pas mau mulai rasanya maleess banget liat tebelnya, krn langsung keinget waktu baca Nagabumi-nya Seno Gumira Ajidarma yang - walau
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Pen-name of Yoshikawa Hidetsugu. Yoshikawa is well-known for his work as a Japanese historical fiction novelist, and a number of re-makes have been spawned off his work.

In 1960, he received the Order of Cultural Merit.
Eiji Yoshikawa (吉川 英治, August 11, 1892 – September 7, 1962) was a Japanese historical novelist. Among his best-known novels, most are revisions of older classics. He was mainly influ
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“...you're going to find people from all over the country, everyone hungry for money and position. You won't make a name for yourself just doing what the next man does. You'll have to distinguish yourself in some way.” 39 likes
“Fighting isn't all there is to the Art of War. The men who think that way, and
are satisfied to have food to eat and a place to sleep, are mere vagabonds. A
serious student is much more concerned with training his mind and disciplining
his spirit than with developing martial skills.”
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