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
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
Set at end of the Edo period, the last years of the samurai, the book opens 6 years after Japan opened its borders to foreigners for the first time in ...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
I liked the complexity of the interaction of the central characters. It is predominantly written from a Samurai Lord's point of view; however the central characters grab your interest from the get go. The ruling Lord cursed / gifted with the sight, his famously beautiful Geisha, lover or traitor? Then ...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
The timing, 1861, is in the middle of the Japanese transition from the shogunate to an empire. Genji, the main protagonist, is a Daimyo or Great Lord, and a far thinking samurai warrior, who recognizes the power of the Westerners and qu ...more
Klan Okumichi dikenal degan kemampuan 'meramal' mereka yang diturunka ...more
Ninjas = Check
Geisha = check
Zen monks = check
Cowboy gunslingers? =check
Zen allusions, sword duels, sword vs gun duels, gun vs shuriken, ancient Japanese culture = check!
What more can I, who grew up w watching anime, ask for?
I was so used with the grand number of characters any long novel has (like that of Game of Thrones) that I was unimpressed with the humble number of characters listed in the 400 page book's cast of characters.
That, however, did not matter. Matsuoka offers a le ...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
Karena buku ini KAYA.
Nggak cuma kisah yang menakjubkan tapi history dan budayanya ngena banget, perspektif, dogma, dan toleransi brilliant.
Jujur aja, gue males baca buku tentang agama yang bukan agama gue. Tapi baca ini, gue berasa nyaman.
Gue tertarik tentang Samurai, Ninja, Shogun, Kaum Eta, Bangsawan... semua tenntang Jepang masa lalu kegambar di sini. Nikmat! bacanya.
Mr. Takashi mainkan plot dan setting sempurna banget. Penokohannya kuat, nggak sebatas satu tokoh. Bahkan ...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.
Dan ternyata ini jauh dari kata mengecewakan.
Saya sangat menikmati buku pertama ini, meski sudah tahu buku keduanya bakal gimana.
Temanya itulho yang buat saya tertarik: jaman dimana kepemimpinan shogun pada ak ...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
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