Cloud of Sparrows (Samurai #1)
His magnificent new novel, set amid the violence and beauty of nineteenth-century Japan, takes us beyond the epic tradition of James Clavell’s Shogun and in...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
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.
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
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
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Author: Takashi Matsuoka
Buku ini cukup bagus mengingat saya memang pencinta segala sesuatu yg keJepang-Jepangan ^_^ Awalnya tertarik karna liat covernya ... he he jadi inget Manga taon 2000an Samurai X ....
Genji Okumichi si Tokoh utama dalam buku ini diceritakan sebagai seorang bangsawan Jepang yang cukup terbuka dengan intervensi negara Asing sehingga mengakibatkan dirinya banyak dimusuhi oleh masyarakat sekitarnya.
Genji sangat dihormati sekalig...more
Its beautiful. Its everything you could want in a book. The settings are so wonderfully depicted both Japan and America. The characters oh1 the characters! I loved the way the story shaped to Genji and how...more
It reminded me somewhat of Lian Hearn's Across the Nightingale Floor,...more
Ако на човек му се чете роман, в който се преплитата криминална нишка и любовна история на фона на исторически събития, няма да сбърка с тази книга.
Аз обаче след тази книга за пореден път се питам как е възможно да се възхищаваш на замръзналата капчица върху гола вишнева клонка през зимата, да онемяваш пред красотата на природен пе...more
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
There are many plots and subplots in the story that I feel the book was not concluded well. However, knowing that there is indeed a sequel to the book, I see that perhaps this was done intentionally.
The second book follows the life of Genji and also other people.
The style of writing made the book easy to read. The stor...more
For all his flaws, I love Genji and his half smile. I loved Emily despite or perhaps becuase of...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 characters, good and bad, in this book. It was a while ago when I read it so I am a little fuzzy and I am going to read it again some day once I knock out the other million book on my to-read list...
Great action. The plo...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
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
Kebijakan ini menimbulkan keresahan bagi beberapa pihak. Apalagi melihat sepa...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
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