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Shogun Tome I (Asian Saga #3 part 1/2)

4.53 of 5 stars 4.53  ·  rating details  ·  3,047 ratings  ·  85 reviews
Dans les années 1600, John Blackthorne, un navigateur anglais qui a rêvé d'accomplir le tour du monde, aborde aux côtes du Japon. Et pour lui l'aventure commence dans ce pays inconnu, mystérieux, en proie à de sauvages divisions féodales tandis que s'accomplit l'irrésistible ascension de Toranaga - qui deviendra Shôgun, c'est-à-dire le dictateur, le maître du Japon. D'une ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 540 pages
Published November 30th 1983 by Librairie générale française (first published 1975)
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Tara It's the first in the series. I read "Noble House" and enjoyed it enough to read the entire series.
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James McAllister
The Shogun novels were written by James Clavell who had been a prisoner of war in a Japanese prison camp (Changi- Singapore). His experiences there led him to find out what kind of people the Japanese were and how they could be so cruel to their prisoners. To some extent his books answer his question in a way that I thought would have surprised him - the Code of Bushido has no place for prisoners but there was honour and duty and 'a code' in the Japanese Army.

The book itself is excellent and bu
Luke Presley
Shogun is a great read that provides insight into Japanese culture and politics but it isn't great literature.

On a recent episode of This American Life, Stephanie Foo tells the story of a Japanese man, Nasubi, who endured 15 months of starvation, deprivation and isolation for a reality TV show. He could have walked out, called his friends, gone home, got dressed and eaten meat but he stayed with it simply because he had verbally committed to do so. The psychological impact was so severe that he
Paul Gaya Ochieng Simeon Juma
I remember when I was still in school; there was a question which was occasionally being asked in our exams-

Who colonized Kenya?
A. Britain B. Portugal
C. Spain D. France

Yes, the British colonized Kenya. First they arrived like Missionaries. Their aim, to spread the word of God. They found our religion, if we had one, apathetic. They wanted to shine the light into our dark hearts, clean us of our cultural filth.

Salesmen will tell you that, all they need is to get a foot inside the door and they wi
Matthew Shoe
I like a good adventure story, I also like a good solid novel with engaging characters and a unique narrative: this novel is both. The main character is John Blackthorne, an English pilot of a dutch ship who is shipwrecked and stranded in late sixteenth century Japan. Blackthorne learns Japanese customs and language to survive. Through his heroism he is made Samurai and becomes a valuable asset to lord Toranaga, a major overlord vying for domination of Japan. As Blackthorne gains an understandin ...more
Audible had a sale a while ago, so I picked up Shogun to read because I remember just loving it when I was young. Wow! I have been thinking that editors have been getting worse as time goes by, but I'm not sure there was an editor for this book. There is lots that just doesn't make sense. For instance, at one time the Anjisan is captured in the enemy's castle. There is a fight, which the Angisan loses, and then all of a sudden he is walking out with a priest with no explanation of why he has bee ...more
Edith Clayton
I guess it just wasn't my kind of book. I finished, but it felt like a chore. Maybe I would have liked a Reader's Digest Condensed Book version (if there is such a thing) better because I did enjoy the overall story of the English ship's pilot who ends up in Japan and tries to understand it's culture. There were just too many complicated webs of political intrigue for my taste, too many discussions about war strategy (for a war that isn't really covered in this book), and too many minor characte ...more
Colin Lamont
This was abandoned, not finished.

I was initially thrilled and excited about this book. The storm tossed seas, the salt of adventure, the sight of Japan after ten thousand miles of travel, the culture shock of a hyper-advanced, death obsessed society. Surely this will be a rollicking good time!

But it rollicked on and on and on, violence and death and the same episodic pattern of conflict and intrigue and boring politics. 200 pages. 400 pages. 600 pages. Nope. The characters were static, or else c
Stan Angelov
Really consuming book and original script, James Clavell is really gifted writer, I learned alot from the book about the traditions of Japan.
Mentalitatea japoneză m-a lăsat cu "gura căscată". Şi mi-a plăcut că abia la sfârşit se menţionează legătura titlului cu toată acţiunea.
Antonija Erceg
Fascinantna priča o srednovjekovnom Japanu, isprična kroz sudbinu engleskog brodskog pilota koji se nasukao na japansku obalu. Napeto od početka do kraja. Clavell je vrhunski pripovjedač koji zaokuplja čitateljevu pozornost čak i kad razglaba o ratnim strategijama - koje me moram priznati nimalo ne zanimaju.
Likovi su dobro razrađeni, izuzetno slojeviti i tako živopisni da se čini kao da će svakog trena izroniti iz stranica knjige. Neobičan stranac u zemlji koja ne voli strance, japanski bogovi r
I'm loving it, I'm starting the second volume right now.
Andra Constantin
Captivating even for someone not interested in Asia.
There were so many great aspects to this book, so I don't give it a 3 star rating lightly. The writing was good enough to keep me going, even through some really tough gruesome parts at the beginning before I was really attached to any of the characters. There was much to enjoy in this story with the intense love story, bitter rivalries, proud warriors, and political machinations. So much happened that I was left wondering how Blackthorn "Anjin" and his allies were going to get out of the whole ...more
Logan Goodwin
Action-packed and with the balance of exactly what I expected with twists and the unexpected. There's a ton of educational an equally intriguing digression from the main story and plot about love, betrayal, and of course the Japanese (language, religion, history); I've learned the basics of Japanese from this book which has really made me want to go to Japan to learn more and to learn the language. It's an overall incredible read that will keep you guessing and anxious in which you wont be able ...more
Seguimos a história de Blackthorne, o primeiro piloto inglês a colocar pé no Japão (na verdade a história ficcionada é baseada em William Adams) após passar pelo Estreito de Magalhães com um portulano português (supostamente roubado). Aí chegado, a integração parece difícil, não só pela diferença linguística mas também por aí se encontrarem padres jesuítas, que o consideram herege por ser protestante, mercadores portugueses, que o consideram pirata e vêem-no como uma ameaça à sua exclusividade n ...more
Au fil des pages, l'auteur nous enveloppe dans une culture fondamentalement différente de la nôtre. Le personnage principal, un anglais nommé Blackthorne, est assez ouvert d'esprit pour comprendre, après un certain temps passé en la compagnie des Japonais et de la belle Mariko, qu'il vit dans une société délicate et raffinée. Le récit se passe vers l'an 1600. L'auteur décrit 2 mondes radicalement différents, mais affiche une préférence marquée pour le mode de vie japonais de l'époque.
Shogun by James Clavell (Atheneum 1975) (Fiction – Historical fiction). John Blackthorne is strranded in Japan in the sixteenth century. He learns the ways of the clture and the language and bocmes a samurai. The author was a Japanese prisoner of war in World War II and had a longstanding interest in Japanese culture. However, I don't care for historical fiction, and this one didn’t hold my interest for long. DNF. My rating: 5/10, finished 1988.
Fiona Groves
Well this was a marathon read. 1152 pages of small print! I got two thirds of the way through this novel about ten years ago and then I lost it at airport security. I had battled through the book at that time so was not prepared to start again just yet. A decade later it was a completely different story (pardon the pun). I did feel that perhaps there should have been a glossary of characters and hierarchy, because it took me a while to sort out the lords, daimyo's, samurai's and lieges etc. but, ...more
Emil Fanache
If you're looking for an entertaining book, with a lot of action Shogun seems to be the right choice. If the cultural differences portrayed by Clavell are close to the truth then you also gain a beautiful insight of another culture, differences that sometimes result in very funny situations.

Mainly, I think it is easy to read, with some low points when it comes to the complex politics, conflicts and history of several clans.
Adrian Brooks
An epic tale. My reading isn't at a very advanced level, and I often find long books intimidating and hard to follow. With shogun, I found the characters to be extremely well developed but still easy enough to keep track of, and least at some level. At times, it may feel like the story is drifting, but often its these apparent driftings that actually move the story on. I think I will read this again in the years to come as I am sure there are subtleties I have missed. I will say, that I did feel ...more
B. Reese
This book was excellent.

It is not a quick read, it took me more than a year in between Star Wars books to read it. This is a book to live in for a long time. Full of vibrant detail, political intrigue and lots of seppuku. Anyone looking for a historical novel about Japan, this is it.
Kim Tierney
Suspenseful from beginning to end, at times I couldn't read fast enough for how much I wanted to know what would happen next. Full of adventure and Japanese culture. Shogun has all the elements of a great book.
Sara Dickerman
This book said a lot more about late 20th century America than Imperial Japan at the dawn of the 17th century, but its plot was compelling enough and it gave me enough Richard CHamberlain flashbacks for me to finish.
Brian Mason
I got on a 17th century Japan kick because of Jacob DeZoet and decided to read this. An incredible novel set in an incredibly unique and interesting period of cultural encounter. Highly recommended!
I don't often enjoy historical fiction (a personal preference for biographies and historical NON-fiction) but Shogun was a very engaging and fascinating tale. I enjoyed how the book begins from Blackthorne's perspective and ends with Toranaga's. Clavell uses the 1200+ pages of this epic adventure to tell various, yet intertwining, stories...and he writes from the perspective of many different characters, men and woman, Japanese and foreigner. I found the ending to be rather anti-climatic, which ...more
Brendon Connelly
Really good, and really long; kept me reading. LOVED the historical fiction aspect of Japan...really thinking about picking up the other volumes.
Malcolm Ivey
If you think Game of Thrones has palace intrigue, you should check out this 25-pound dumbbell of a novel. Beautiful love subplot too.
great insight into historic japanese culture. The writing style is poet and well inspired by the culture he is so familiar with.
Charlene Fritz
Easily one of the best books I have ever read. Captivating characters, compelling plot line, and intelligently written. I'm not sure if this is my fourth or fifth time reading it, but I know it's not my last.
Melanie Quist
I read this book because I remember seeing the made-for-TV mini series of Shogun when I was a youngster, and being interested in the 16th century culture of Japan being displayed but I didn't remember anything about the story. Upon reading the book, it was true to my memory, I enjoyed learning about the history and the culture of the time, especially when it came to the fears people feel when being exposed to a person or a people that are so different than themselves. The term "barbarians" was u ...more
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James Clavell, born Charles Edmund Dumaresq Clavell was a British novelist, screenwriter, director and World War II veteran and POW. Clavell is best known for his epic Asian Saga series of novels and their televised adaptations, along with such films as The Great Escape, The Fly and To Sir, with Love.


James Clavell. (2007, November 10). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.
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Other Books in the Series

Asian Saga (6 books)
  • King Rat (Asian Saga, #1)
  • Tai-Pan (Asian Saga, #2)
  • Shōgun (Asian Saga, #3)
  • Noble House (Asian Saga, #4)
  • Whirlwind (Asian Saga, #5)
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