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Edisi Bahasa Indonesia dari Taiko: An Epic Novel of War and Glory in Feudal Japan

Dalam pergolakan menjelang dekade abad keenam belas, Kekaisaran Jepang menggeliat dalam kekacau-balauan ketika keshogunan tercerai-berai dan panglima-panglima perang musuh berusaha merebut kemenangan. Benteng-benteng dirusak, desa-desa dijarah, ladang-ladang dibakar.

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Hardcover, Indonesian Edition, 1142 pages
Published September 2003 by PT Gramedia Pustaka Utama (first published 1967)
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Mar 04, 2015 Philipp rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You know there used to be this thing in Japan called the "Sengoku" period which was basically civil war all over the place, the Shogun was kind of a loser and every lord of any clan tried to become the leader of Japan.

This book is a fictionalized account of the life of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, the guy who finally united the country, first under Oda Nobunaga and later on by himself. Because that life was long and complicated the book is with 944 pages big enough to kill a cat, there's enough Japanese
Farhan Sani
Oct 21, 2008 Farhan Sani rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Based on true story of Hideyoshi, the taiko, the ruler of japan on behalf of the emperor at feudal era.

A fascinating story about a person who struggles from zero to hero, and yet still very "human" which his strengths and weaknesses.

This book, together with "Musashi", indeed made me, until now, eager to learn anything related with japan. its culture, spirit, people, way of life, language...anything.
Not mentioning that currently I am working in a japanese company :)
Dec 28, 2008 Dhieta rated it it was amazing
Shelves: novel, fiction, history
Novel ini mengambil seting Jepang zaman dahulu ketika keshogunan dalam masa kritis dan peperangan perebutan kekuasaan terjadi di mana – mana. Cerita dimulai dari tahun Temmon kelima, 1536, yaitu masa ketika Kinoshita Hiyoshi menjalani masa kanak – kanaknya yang berat. Setelah ayahnya meninggal, ibu Hiyoshi menikah dengan Chikuami. Hubungan Hiyoshi dengan ayah tiri yang memanggilnya Saru ini tidak baik, sehingga Hiyoshi dikirim ke kuil untuk belajar, namun dipulangkan karena berbuat kenakalan. Ak ...more
Oct 03, 2012 Sean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Taiko is an epic: prepare for a long, long 1,000 page journey.

If you've got a serious interest in Sengoku period Japan, this book is essential: it walks you through the life of a samurai--in many ways the most successful samurai ever--and gives you a front-row ticket to the great battles of the period. For me, it pieced a lot of random knowledge together into a refreshingly coherent narrative.

It is also an incredible human novel. Hideyoshi was not a macho warrior: what made him a great general w
Great Story; Somewhat Difficult Read: This is a story of feudal Japan and unification of the clannish and war torn country by a once poor, downtrodden commoner who became Taiko (supreme ruler) through a series of battles and diplomatic strategies.

The story is captivating and the subject matter is rich with possibility. However, there are two main shortcomings with the novel that I believe detract from what could have been a five star effort:

1. The virtual avalanche of Japanese names, for both
May 20, 2016 cindy rated it it was amazing
tarik napas lega saat menutup cover hc-nya. akhirnya selesai juga.

Yoshikawa sensei memilih untuk menuntaskan kisah ini saat Hideyoshi mencapai puncak kekuasaannya sebagai Kampaku. Bukan saat ia "mengkhianati" Hidegutsu. Bukan saat ia terkalahkan dalam penyerangan terhadap Korea. Bukan pula saat Perang Sekigahara. Dan untuk itu, aku bersyukur dan rela memberikan bintang 5 penuh kepadanya.

Buku Taiko ini benar-benar novel tentang kemenangan Hideyoshi.

Review lengkap ada di
Aug 08, 2009 nanto marked it as to-read
Saya dulu pernah membaca beberapa jilid novel Musashi. Waktu itu bacanya karena tukar pinjam sama seorang teman. Saya punya novel silat lokal, Wiro Sableng, dia punya novel fiksi sejarah dari Jepun itu. Terakhir kemaren dapat lemparan buku dari Andri. Buku The Swordless Samurai yang bercerita mengenai sosok Hideyoshi. Lalu, saat Kopdar Goodreads di Rawamangung kemarin, saya berbincang-bincang dengan Haikal mengenai buku The Swordless Samurai itu. Di situ saya mengungkapkan kelebihan dan kekurang ...more
Sep 16, 2009 Rick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eiji Yoshikawa’s historical novel TAIKO chronicles the life of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, the 16th-century unifier of Japan.

Of humble origins, Hideyoshi found a way to attach himself to the court of the powerful Oda Nobunaga. Starting in the most menial positions, the brilliant, energetic and ambitious Hideyoshi excelled at every task and gradually worked his way up to become Nobunaga’s top general. After Nobunaga’s death, he succeeded in unifying Japan, completing the task Nobunaga had started.

The nov
May 14, 2012 Kevin rated it it was amazing
Taiko is a story set in the middle of the 16th century as the Ashikaga shogunate crumbled. As a consequence Japan came to resemble a huge battlefield as rival warlords vied for dominance. Three very different men emerged seeking to control and unify Japan. Those men were the brutal, rash, and charismatic Oda Nobunaga; the cunning Toyotomi Hideyoshi; and the patient Tokugawa Ieyasu. Their divergent leadership styles are eloquently expressed in the answers to this question presented at the beginni ...more
Max Fallon
Feb 22, 2014 Max Fallon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It took me over a year to read this epic. Partly because I was busy and partly because there were a few parts of the story that were a struggle to get through. However the main reason it took so long is that I didn't want it to end.

This is probably a novel more for the Japanese history buff, or the samurai nerd, however, like other Eji Yoshikawa novels like Musashi, there is a lot of practical wisdom in there, particularly for those interested in long-range strategy.

This is the story of the rise
Isnaini Nuri
May 04, 2011 Isnaini Nuri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Whuahhh,,,hilang semua review gara2 inet ngerror :(
Padahal udah nulis panjang bangettttt.... T,T
Jadi singkat ajah lah....

bagaimana jika seekor burung berkicau?

Nobunaga menjawab "Bunuh saja!"
Hideyoshi menjawab "Buat burung itu ingin berkicau"
Ieyasu menjawab "Tunggu"

dari jawaban ketiga orang tersebut terlihat bagaimana sifat ketiga tokoh besar zaman keshogunan Jepang tersebut.

Oda Nobunaga, sang penguasa Oda, brutal, gegabah, tegas
Dalam menjalankan strategi militer dia mengandalkan keberaniannya. T
Sep 28, 2014 George rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An absolute must read for anyone who want to see Sun Tzu's Art Of War in practice.

This book gives an accurate picture of the waring period of japan, when provincial warlords vied for the title of shogun. The book follows the struggle of Hideyoshi in his attempt to become a samurai of worth, which he achieves (and then some).

Although a book about about Hideyoshi it also delves into the lives of the other warlords, notibly the the great Oda Nobunaga who had a reputation for both ruthlessness and
Feb 07, 2014 Matthew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a surprisingly approachable historical novel for a 1200+ page century old novel that includes over 100 figures from the Sengoku Period of feudal Japan. I came in knowing a fair amount about the period, knowing the major figures like Nobunaga, Tokugawa Ieyasu, Hideyoshi, Nene, etc. Characters were easy to remember and manage near the beginning of the novel, but at some points I forgot the allegiances of some of the minor characters that popped up. But compared to something like Romance o ...more
May 04, 2016 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent historical novel of the Sengoku period of Japanese history. The book centers around the life story of Hideyoshi (aka Taiko), the second of the three great unifiers of Japan, the first being Oda Nobunaga and the third Ieyasu Tokugawa.

The story begins with Hideyoshi as a young child, and ends with him at the age of 50 as he has overcome the last great obstacle between him and his rule of Japan. Interestingly, it does not cover the dozen years of his rule that followed, except to summa
It is definitely a major work, one can imagine how hard it was for Yoshikawa to try to piece the past together, and make up lines beyond history. One can imagine that the real history is somewhat like that, but I believe one would be gravely mistaken to take this AS history. Sometimes people forget. There are many aspects that should have been expounded more, but not. i believe it is important for readers to feel what the harsh realities of a samurai soldier life is, and the power politics among ...more
To me "Taiko" was a slow, boring read, not at all helped by the poor editing of the English version I encountered. I lost count of how many battles it describes in great detail (but not with historic accuracy) so if you want to read about how Eiji Yoshikawa imagined battles of the sengoku period, then by all means you will enjoy this book. The poor editing to which I refer often made me struggle to follow the logic of the narration and annoyed me with numerous contradictions.
The story is so mon
David S
Nov 13, 2012 David S rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As suggested in the title, this is a truly epic tale of the life of Toyotomi Hideyoshi and the era of civil war in 16th century Japan in which he was a prominent player. Much as with Yoshikawa's novel on Musashi, the author breathes life into the historical figures that he portrays in the book. The character of Hideyoshi is very likable, though not without his faults. Hideyoshi has a charming ability to bend and break the rules of social convention to his advantage and extricate himself from imp ...more
Jun 09, 2015 Frank rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As its title says, Taiko is a truly epic novel about the life of Toyotomi Hideyoshi who went from what is basically the peasant version of a samurai to regent of Japan. The book starts with his childhood and follows his quest to become a 'proper' samurai in a rather humorous way. After he joins the Oda clan, the focus shifts to the bigger theatre and affairs of state until his victory over Tokugawa Ieyasu (who later started the Tokugawa Shogunate which lasted until the 19th century). The epilogu ...more
Margaret Sankey
Apr 20, 2015 Margaret Sankey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am embarrassed it took me this long to read this, given all my complaining about bad historical novels and wanting to read as close to sources as possible. While Clavell's Shogun was a more fictionalized account of the ascent of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, centered on a European, this is the same story by a Japanese author, centered on the Japanese characters and adhering to the contours of history. Epic, massive in scope and richly detailed.
Dec 06, 2013 Bea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
as a fan of Japanese culture and Japanese martial arts, this book was clear choice as soon as i knew about it. it couldn't be bad maybe, but as skeptic i read first page before i really decide if i'm going to continue or not. already first page caught me and never let me go. it's awesome book explaining why samurai era was that short, but still deserves that much respect. i think anybody can read and like this book, not only persons like me, interested in martial arts or Japanese culture.
what i
Martha Sockel
Aug 15, 2014 Martha Sockel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: japan
As shown by Musashi, Yoshikawa Eiji was one of the best loved writers in Japan.

Hideyoshi is a plucky warrior that the reader can't help but root for as he seems to be the only man capable of carrying the fantastic task of unifying Sengoku Japan. The book, like Yoshikawa's, other works pushes all the right buttons.

Hideyoshi is always keener, smarter and less prey to emotional breakdown than other characters. The purported various romances promised on the dust jacket never come true. Herein lies
Helena rintha sari
Oct 17, 2007 Helena rintha sari rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Buku ini bener-bener mengajarkan tentang seni kepemimpinan yang sangat hebat. Antara lain bagaimana mengubah musuh jadi teman dan kerendahan hati yang dapat menghindarkan sebuah pertempuran yang hebat.

Perbandingan ketiga pemimpin dalam cerita ini pun memberi cermin tersendiri bagi masing-masing pembacanya, pembaca dibebaskan untuk menginterprestasikan sendiri siapa pemimpin yang paling baik sesuai karakter pembaca masing-masing. Walaupun pemimpin bernama Hideyoshi lebih ditonjolkan didalam cerit
Victor Bruneski
Everything that can be done right, is done in this book. Which is pretty amazing considering it is translated from Japanese.

It's about Hideyoshi, a person from humble origins. This is first and foremost a Historical Fiction, but it is more then that. The novel is very inspirational. Hideyoshi is like the "Rudy Ruettiger" of Shoguns. It had a feel good thing going on, even if it was about civil war in Japan.

The battles and politics of Sengoku Japan are well played out here. If you are a fan of J
Peter Tieryas
Dec 30, 2015 Peter Tieryas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is simply amazing. I'll try to write a longer review later, but I was riveted from page 1. Hideyoshi is such a fascinating protagonist, unlike any of the samurai of his time, which is part of why I love this so much.
usman ★
Feb 05, 2014 usman ★ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Petualangan di buku ini menarik. Tokoh utamanya Hideyoshi yang diceritakan dari masa kecilnya, bagian awal, sampai akhir cerita. Dari novel ini didapat gambaran kehidupan Jepang masa lalu, budaya, sosial, politik. Mungkin karena merujuk priode sejarah tertentu, tidak ada penggambaran tokoh yang terlalu jahat. Mungkin tiap tokoh dalam cerita ini, termasuk yang saling berperang, juga memiliki cerita/kisah yang besar masing-masing. Hal juga yang banyak digambarkan dalam novel ini: moralitas Samurai ...more
Victor Hardjono
Jul 17, 2007 Victor Hardjono rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Please be reminded that it's a BIG and THICK book, about the size of serious dictionary from Oxford or Merriam-Webster. No paperback, pocket-size version available. So, yeah, it takes a strong will to start read it.

But afterwards, you won't put it down. Well, unless you hate to read foreign names, hate to read novel with hundreds (or at least dozens) of characters in it, never have any interest on Japan, or just too lazy to pick it up.

Long story short: superb!
Jan 19, 2012 Ruth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yoshikawa is one of Japan’s greatest historians who died in 1962. His work is now starting to hit American shelves, but you need to be careful of the translator. A good one makes the book an incredible read, as in this example – however, a bad one is just not worth your time, as in another readily available one called “Musashi”. Taiko tells the story of Hideyoshi, who lives in the sixteenth century and winds up becoming the ruler of Japan.
May 23, 2007 Sharika rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What i love about this book that it's based on true story, a story about a young (very naughty) peasant that dreams to be somebody famous. Turns out from his hard work and his smart ideas he reached to the top and became one of the greatest ruler of Japan.

This book shows that everything starts from a dream and we can be whoever we want to be as long as we work hard (starting from the bottom) and be smart, but also be tactful.
Kamalita Pertiwi
This is actually my second time reading this book, but since the first time was an Indonesian language edition (and it has some pages missing -__-), then maybe I should consider this as the first time. This book is quite a long one (nearly 1000 pages), but I still think it's very interesting. It took me quite long to finish since I can only read it before bedtime.

Taiko tells us a story about how a person of a humble origin -Hiyoshi/Kinoshita Tokichiro, later Toyotomi Hideyoshi- rose up to becom
Jan 11, 2014 Jeffrey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For my opinion on Yoshikawa, see the book Musashi. Or, simply, best historical fiction novelist ever. Taiko is about the creation of a nearly unified Japan in the late 1500's & early 1600's. Specifically about the rise of Hideyoshi from poor boy to leader of a country. Fascinating and entertaining, it's more than just great wars, it was great statesmanship in early Japan.
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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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