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The Tatar Whirlwind: A Novel of Seventeenth-Century East Asia

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By the early seventeenth century the Tokugawa shogunate had achieved supremacy over nearly all its opponents throughout the islands of Japan. Meanwhile, the great Ming dynasty of China, which came to power in 1368, was on its last legs. Corruption was rampant, extravagant expenditures emptied state coffers, while rural poverty and banditry were destroying the fabric of lif ...more
Hardcover, 643 pages
Published April 12th 2007 by Floating World Editions (first published March 25th 2007)
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Dec 21, 2010 Liviu rated it it was ok
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I had high hopes for this novel and I was pretty disappointed since it's more of a historical recreation in chronicle style than a true work of fiction; the author alternates novelistic style with something you would find in a popular book on history and it does not work that well with a very dry and dispassionate style; I read popular history books written ten times more engaging than this one which is supposed to be a novel.

There are moments here and there that show the potential but overall
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Now, this book took me ages to read, but it is quite clear that trying to read the English version any faster would not just have done it -- and by that I mean that I did try and I failed, for while this translation seems to maintain the flow of language it does nearly nothing to account for the original serialization of the novel so that the endless repetitions can become somewhat tedious. Thus my solution was to serialize this read, and I am most happy I did that for this is a wonderful book t ...more
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Ryōtarō Shiba (司馬 遼太郎)born Teiichi Fukuda (福田 定一 Fukuda Teiichi?, August 7, 1923 – February 12, 1996) in Osaka, Japan, was a Japanese author best known for his novels about historical events in Japan and on the Northeast Asian sub-continent, as well as his historical and cultural essays pertaining to Japan and its relationship to the rest of the world.

Shiba studied Mongolian at the Osaka School of
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