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Den sista konkubinen

(The Shogun Quartet #2)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  2,733 ratings  ·  175 reviews
Det här är berättelsen om en shogun, en prinsessa, 3 000 kvinnor i ett palats och om ett inbördeskrig som innebar slutet på en livsstil.

När Sachi är 11 år reser en prinsessa genom hennes by. Och innan hon vet riktigt vad som hände befinner sig Sachi i kvinnornas palats i Edo, långt ifrån sina föräldrar och sin hemby. Palatset är fyllt av intriger och maktspel -
Paperback, 493 pages
Published July 7th 2010 by Ponto pocket (first published 2008)
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Kagama-the Literaturevixen
I read many favourable reviews about this book,and many of them were gushing with praise for it. A Japanese “Gone with the wind” With a gorgeous cover. Can you imagine I was so eager to get this book in my hands?

The plot boils down to this: Sachi is a peasant girl who is adopted by a princess.The princess is going to be the shoguns wife. Sachi grows up in the Edo castle and learns the strict protocol of the castle and using a halberd. The heroine becomes noticed by the shogun and bec
Aug 28, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: why-oh-why
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Feb 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
While Japan is teetering on the edge of civil war, Sachi becomes concubine to the last shogun of Edo (Tokyo) but her life is soon to change when the old ways are swept away forever. Sachi flees from the castle where she has lived a pampered life and finds herself on the run with her trusted friend Taki. As traditional values break down, the roads are a treacherous place to be and Sachi soon finds herself in danger. She is rescued by a young ronin warrior with whom she soon falls in love but the ...more
Jan 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was just browsing through the library scanning book titles when this caught my eye. At first I have to admit I judged it on it's cover and title but when I finished I realized that I had just randomly stumbled upon one of the best written books I have ever read. It so well describes the ways of Japan in that time period and I'm going to read it again.
Tracey Bay
I wanted to give three stars (or even more) to this novel but halfway through it turned so hard for me to keep reading that I can’t do it. It started pretty well, with pages full of delicate nature metaphors and descriptions about places that quickly dragged me into it -plus Sachi’s observations (naïve at first, more mature while growing) were mainly credible and interesting ‘til certain point-, but suddenly, after reading quite a lot, I found myself having trouble comprehending the biggest role ...more
Jun 24, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
DNF. It's a sad day when you realize what could be an amazing epic of Japanese history has no character development or motivation. *sigh* I was really looking forward to reading about this time period in Japan, but I discovered that the reviews warning people away were correct. The prose is lovely but the story is dry because of the lack of development. On to the next one...
May 21, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
looks like i've come to enjoy narratives about remote locations and cultural beliefs and practices so divergent with the common pool of Euro-American resources
Nov 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very engrossing novel. Set in 1860s Japan during the time of the Meiji Restoration and the years leading up to it.
Sachi grows up in a mountain village rural Japan. Her pale skin and fine features have always set her apart and made her feel different. At the age of eleven, the procession of the Imperial Princess sweeps up her up from her home to the woman's palace at the Imperial capital of Edo, where she is before too long, chosen as the concubine of the young Shogun after he sees and he
Feb 21, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Was disappointed with this book. The main problem was the blurb on the back - it gives you the entire tale bar the last chapter or so (and even that wasn't too hard to guess). The implication of the blurb is that girl meets boy fairly quickly and once you realise that's not the case it's very hard to continue. It takes the entire book for the main character to meet her 'true' love, by which time she's been painted as a sap without much of a backbone. If it hadn't been for my love of all things Japanes ...more
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Emmy Den breeijen
The part that deals with the woman's palace is interesting but the author constantly uses the same descriptions etc for characters almost every time throughout the book. This gets tedious (and frankly laughable) after a while. Not too bad as a story though
A lovely story, if not too long, but full of interesting facts about life in Japan in the late 1800s. My biggest criticism is that it is not written in a style befitting this period in history. 
Jodie "Bookish"  Cook
Dec 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Book Review

Title: The Last Concubine

Author: Lesley Downer

Genre: Historical/Cultural/Romance/War

Rating: *****

Review: After finishing The Last Concubine I came across a (spoiler-filled) video in which Lesley Downer, the author, likens her novel to “a Gone With The Wind set in Japan”. The parallel is awkward, not to say unfortunate. Beyond the surface similarities – a 19th-century civil war, destruction of a way of life, and a heroine-cent
Suz Suz
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Vivid descriptions of war scenarios where the civil war in Japan gone thru, indeed we learnt from history the path towards civilization and enlightenment was never a sweet experience from many.
As a fan for historical fiction, this book contains the life style of the women surrounding the shogun.... It's a sweet ending and im contended with that..
M.L. Sparrow
Sep 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a beautiful story of a lost culture. It grabbed both my interest and my imagination, though I felt it was a little slow to being with. Lesley Downer described Sachi's world in beautiful detail and her characters were understandable and relatable, despite the fact that they lived in such a different world to the one we live in. It was really strange to think that Sachi was only a teenager; at the end of the book she is twenty-two and yet it seems like she was lived her whole life. ...more
Grada (BoekenTrol)

This book lived up to almost all expectations the title woke with me. It is the story of the life of a young village girl that is taken to the palace of the shogun by his young wife. When the shogun dies, her story continues, although it is completely upside down because of all the political upheaval that was going on in Japan around the 1850's.

I loved reading this book. I am already interested in 'the east', meaning that I know a tiny bit about ronin, samoerai. This book ad
Feb 06, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
this book.., tell us bout the life inside the ooku (woman palace, place that shogun/ placed his concubines..).. tell us the story about the struggle of a young woman, sachi to find her love, her destiny, her mother, her happiness through her life as the last concubine
Feb 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book.A story about the old traditional ways of Japan.Will be looking out for anything else she has written.Just looked on Fantastic Fiction and this is her first Fiction book.Hopefully it's not to long till she writes the 2nd.
Michelle B
Fantastic book! This had all the things I love most about historical fiction set in foreign cultures! It's well written, captivating, true to the reality while still being an enchanting story, and I learned things I didn't know before.
Dec 18, 2010 marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 600-700-pages
I'm a bit stuck, because while I find the cultural aspects of 19th century Japan quite interesting, the plot itself isn't that great and the pace is way too slow. To be honest, I think Mrs. Downer should go back to writing non-fiction books.
Mar 09, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading this genre prior to a trip to Japan.
I have no idea of how accurate this book is. But it is a really good read. it keeps you turning the pages. It is full of intresting facts and observations.
I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Tracey Tester
Mar 05, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I liked the storyline and the characters. I also learned quite a bit about the Japanese culture of the time - without being too confused (which is always a bonus !!). Would definitely read another book by this author.
Aug 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A riveting and enjoyable read. It provide a glimpse into court life during a tumultuous time in Japanese history. The characters are believable and, as a result, their struggles and hardships moved me as the reader.
Vera Maharani
Oct 13, 2013 marked it as i-want-these-books  ·  review of another edition
I have read it when I was still in high school, but for me lately it's time to reread ALL the books!

I miss Pitimoss...

Oct 03, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this very long book. Believable and likable characters and richly detailed about an important and turbulent time in Japanese history.

Mar 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this on audio. Glad I did as I prefer to read shorter stories than this. Really enjoyed it.
Oct 20, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a full review: Decent read, loved the characters and the friendship and dedication between them, but the book was sooooooo LONG.
Donna Medcalf
Apr 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is not my usual type of book but I loved it.
Aug 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i tried to refrain myself not to finish fast ...
Susan Ellis
Sep 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the 3rd of the authors books I've read. I enjoyed reading it. Believable characters and a good storyline
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