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The Samurai Poet
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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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
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