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Musashi by Eiji Yoshikawa
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Feb 03, 09

Read in February, 2009

wow...that is the first thing that came to mind when i finished this book. it is easily the best historical fiction i have ever read. it is also the largest and most difficult book i have ever read. it is very japanese therefore some of the names and places tend to get mixed up in the nearly 1000 page epic. however...that is the only negative i have after reading this book. it will go down as one of my favorite reads of all time. it focuses on the life (very dramatized by the fantastic eiji yoshikawa-san) of musashi miyamoto, a wandering ronin (samurai) during the edo period (1600's) of feudal japan. this is the time when samurai were still prevalent by the advent of muskets was starting to take over. the story the yoshikawa-san unfurls is a fantastic epic of the nature of the way of the sword. it was of fairness, fierceness, and unyielding strength, and musashi was the height of that ideal. i highly recommend this to those (like me) who have a fascination with japanese history and the way of the samurai in general. also, there is a beautiful love story mixed in the pages (also highly dramatized but wonderful non-the-less) that makes one believe that true love may actually exist out there. if you read it...please give it the time because it is slow at points...but the end result is well worth the time and effort...and that is just how musashi would have it!
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Aaron I couldn't have put it better myself. Simply epic.


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