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Preview — Cloud Of Sparrows by Takashi Matsuoka
Cloud Of Sparrows (Samurai #1)
1861 - after two centuries of isolation Japan has been forced to open its doors. Now new influences are tearing apart the old order. Japan is as unprepared for outsiders as missionaries are for samurai assassins, executions and honour killings. Genji's l...more
The cultural differences are really interesting and funny. For example, the Japanese cannot tolerate sitting in chairs, because it compresses their organs and bl...more
Buku ini menceritakan kisah hidup Daimyo (bangsawan agung) Akaoka yang bernama Okumichi Genji. Genji digambarkan sebagai laki2 muda yang tampan namun sering diremehkan karena penampilannya tidak seperti samurai sejati. Dikatai terlalu lunak, pesolek, dll. Belum lagi pemikirannya yang sering 'berbeda'. Yang paling membuat gerah adalah sikapnya terhadap orang2 asing yang datang ke Jepang. Genji menerima para misiona...more
Тази книга е написана от японец, но пак е заложен конфликтът при сблъсъка на два свята. Толкова са ми интересни японците като мислене, като светоусещане, като психика, отношението им към смъртта, йерархията, строгите правила в нея, невъзможността да сложиш знак на равенство между "проститутка" и "гейша" /ние нямаме подходящата дума за това/. В тези стр...more
Романтиката започва още с името на книгата - "Облак врабчета" е името на замък на крайбрежието, ставащ сцена на сблъсъка на два свята.
Такаши Мацуока има безспорен талант.
Cloud of Sparrows was a satisfying read, but it was not the best book that I've ever read. The plot and writing style were gripping and easy to read, and I learned a lot about feudal Japanese culture. I was, however, disappointed by the remaining loose ends at the conclusion of the book. The multiple plots did not all finish at the same time, and the last one seemed like a hasty ending.
It was fascinating to read the differences of culture between the American missionaries and the feudal Japanese...more
This novel, a work of historical fiction with elements of fantasy, opens in Edo in 1861 as two centuries of Japanese isolation is forcibly ended by outsiders from the West. As foreign ships threaten to destroy the Shogun’s castle in Edo, a small group of American missionaries arrives. The missionaries are the Reverend Zephaniah Cromwell, his fiancée Emily Gibson, and Matthew Stark. Unsurprisingly, each has secrets and each has a reason...more
This book (as you can infer off the description) covers a period in time where Japan opens it's "borders" to the Western powers. The problem I usually encounter with Asian Fantasy is that they trend a fine line with cultural norms. Either it comes up so often that you're almost reading a travel guide or not nearly enough and the Asian setting feels hallow. "Cloud of Sparr...more
Klan Okumichi dikenal degan kemampuan 'meramal' mereka yang diturunka...more
Matsuoka writes characters that are at once compellingly sympathetic yet still at times, utter monsters by modern sensibilities. They are consistent and honest and engaging. The boo...more
I started reading this and realized I probably read it already.
I checked my book list and found I had read in 2003.
I like books set in this time period of Japanese history; 1800's.
There are a few X words to pass over in the beginning only.
Is the ability to know the future a bless or a curse? Can that ability make a true samurai, one who doesn’t complain when being tortured, one who is willing to die for the sake of honor and loyalty, but is considered common to cry when feeling moved or happy?
(Blurb from the Indonesian translated book)
I was in the middle of reading a book for my Once Upon a Time challenge when my friend, out of nowhere, lent me Samurai – Kastel Awan Bu...more
Het kan aan de vertaling liggen, maar dit boek is pulp. De zinnen klonken te gekunsteld en tegelijk te simpel, soms te stijf; ze slaagden er niet in de beelde...more
Rambutnya : sekelam malam tanpa bintang tergerai di alas sutra biru.
Wajahnya : sepucat salju pada musim semi, bersinar dengan cahaya yang dicuri dari bulan (hal.24)
Itulah serangkaian kalimat pembuka novel epik berjudul asli Cloud of Sparrows : An Epic Novel of Japan karya Takashi Matsuoka atau diterjemahkan oleh penerbit Qanita Mizan menjadi Samurai Kastel Awan Burung Gereja. Kalimat tadi telah memikat saya untuk terus memb...more
It reminded me somewhat of Lian Hearn's Across the Nightingale Floor,...more
The demons of the past,
the treachery of the present,
an uncertain future are about to collide in the most terrifying ways.
As past and present collide,
a hidden history comes to life,
and with it a secret prophecy that has been shrouded for centuries and may now finally be revealed.
Dahulu, di pertengahan semester VI, saya mendapatkan novel Samurai Kastel Awan Burung Gereja. Novel ini saya pilih karena novel Musashi, yang beberapa tahun lalu sudah saya baca, menyedot perhatian saya pada novel-nov...more
I loved the story, the complexity of the characters, the style, the imagery, and every little detail of the narrative. I was thrilled at last to encounter a read which, in my view, truthfully portrays the inner workings of Japanese feudal society, the rigid codes that used to rule the behaviour of each member of that nation.
Even a daimyo - a Great Lord, who is answerable only to the Shogun and the Emperor - cannot really do what he please...more
Takashi Matsuoka's debut novel, Cloud of Sparrows, is quite a treat. The similarities between the code of the Samurai and the code of the Wild West gunfighter have been done before, of course, but never within such an elaborate framework. The novel begins on New Year's Day 1861, with the arrival of three American missionaries to Akaoka. Akaoka's present Great Lord, Genji, has a reputation as an effeminate dilettante, keeps company with Japan's...more
Tapi buku ini pengecualian. :)
Matsuoka-sensei pinter sekali merangkai kata-kata dan bahasanya sehingga saya seolah-olah ikut terbawa masuk dalam "dunia" yang dia ceritakan. (Terjemahannya juga bagus!)
Walaupun ceritanya sebenernya lumayan berat karena mengisahkan tentang peradaban dan kebudayaan Jepang di er...more
Rewards await those ready to struggle through a seemingly predictable opening, however. None of these things are quite what they seem (except the priest, but there's a surprise there, too), and the subtle c...more