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The Samurai Poet

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The year is 1615. Tokugawa Ieyasu, the greatest shogun in Japanese history, has just eliminated the last meaningful opposition in the land. Before he can celebrate his victory though, he must decide the fate of Ishikawa Jozan, a man once counted amongst his most loyal retainers but whose mistake in battle almost cost Ieyasu his life. Rather than invite Ishikawa to commit s ...more
ebook, Smashwords, 508 pages
Published October 11th 2013 by Suzuhara Press
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Sep 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Being this book was outside of my preferred genre, recommended by a close friend, I would say I still enjoyed the story although at times it did feel a bit ‘dragging’ somewhat. The war time vs. peace time stories are both filled with interesting inner monologue struggles. Personally, I enjoyed more of the peace time transition and discovery/journey of the character ‘living his days out’ far removed from the very different lifestyle of his younger years as a Samurai. If you can read through the b ...more
Kevin Shlosberg
Mar 19, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Although an engaging, well-written historical novel I fear the author didn't know when to stop. The tight narrative and sympathetic character of part 1 are both missing from part 2, which is comparatively directionless.
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Travis Belrose was inspired to write The Samurai Poet after repeated visits to Shisendo convinced him that there was far more to Ishikawa Jozan's life than tourist pamphlets and biographical sketches indicated. By using fictionalized biography to stretch the novel form, he has endeavoured to combine the best of history and fiction to tell Ishikawa's story. He currently resides in Canada where he i ...more

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