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The Blade of the Courtesans

3.20  ·  Rating details ·  66 ratings  ·  20 reviews
This Naoki Prize-nominated historical thriller marked the auspicious debut of late-blooming author Keichiro Ryu, who in five years made a name for himself as a master of period novels. In The Blade of the Courtesans, a young samurai by the name of Seichiro Matsunaga, trained in swordfighting by non other than the legendary samurai Musashi Miyamoto, finds himself in Yoshiwa ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published October 28th 2008 by Vertical (first published 1986)
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Katherine 黄爱芬
Seiichiro adalah murid guru kondang Musashi. Menjelang wafatnya Musashi, memberikan amanah bagi Seiichiro utk turun gunung ke kota utk mencari asal-usul dirinya. Ternyata malah menjadi pelik krn Seiichiro adalah anak gelap mantan kaisar. Banyak yg menginginkan dirinya utk diangkat ataupun dibunuh. Di Yoshiwara, Seiichiro berkenalan dgn Gensai yg membantunya juga memperkenalkan kenikmatan duniawi seksual. Tidak disangka juga Seiichiro banyak dicintai oleh wanita hingga nyaris membahayakan nyawany ...more
Saros
Apr 20, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Tokoh di dalam novel ini sangat banyak dan berserakan. Alur cerita berantakan. Tidak ada tambahan pendukung seperti peta wilayah, silsilah, atau profil siapa siapa saja tokoh yang ada dalam novel ini. (Ada, hanya 17 orang, padahal ada lebih 100 tokoh yang punya peran penting)

Dari tema yang diangkat yaitu sejarah jepang tahun 1600an cukup menarik, tapi terlalu banyak cerita masa lalu, masa sekarang dan masa depan dibaur ke dalam satu novel. Penyampaian lintas masa yang membingungkan jadi sulit un
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Vera Maharani
Too many 'what the hell' moment for me to enjoy it.

The beginning is quite promising. Ronin Matsunaga Seiichiro came to Yoshiwara, new pleasure districts in Edo, by request of his late teacher, Miyamoto Musashi. Musashi ordered him to meet a man named Shoji Jin'emon in Yoshiwara. Unfortunately, when Seiichiro arrived in Yoshiwara, Jin'emon's son in law said that he was dead. As Seiichiro pondered on the reason Musashi asked him to go meet Jin'emon (which was lost with the death of the man), he wa
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Rai Keyri
Jan 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Rai by: FullyBooked The Fort
If you're into classic and present jidaigeki movies and TV series especially the sword fight scenes and also kenjutsu in your own lives, you'll love and appreciate this novel; if not you won't. If you already knew or have a few background knowledge about Miyamoto Musashi and the old Edo Japanese culture in general, mostly about the lives of bushis (warriors), samurais, ninja assassins and Japanese courtesans (geisha, taiyu, oiran, joro), you'll love this. The only downside of this novel is it ha ...more
Vicky
May 28, 2009 rated it it was ok
It was not “my cup of tea”. With all my love of historical fiction, this book was too specific for me in its description of samurai culture and martial art. I still plan to read the "Shogun" by James Clavell (only 1213 pages) in a future and understand more about the Japanese history, its shoguns, clans and emperors. ...more
R-Qie R-Qie
Matsunaga Seiichiro, seorang Ronin yang diasuh dan dididik Miyamoto Mushashi, meninggalkan gunung Higo demi menjalankan wasiat sang guru. Ia pergi ke kota Edo untuk menemui Shoji Jin'emon di Yoshiwara. Di Yoshiwara ia bertemu dengan orang-orang dan mendapat pengalaman tak terduga. Misteri Shinkun gomenjo dan asal usul Seiichiro menjadi ujung tombak kisah satria Jepang pada abad pertengahan ini. Kisah asmara dan petualangan mistik menjadi bumbu kehidupan Seiichiro yang awalnya sederhana dan polos ...more
Bobby Bao
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I don't want to say it's immensely enjoyable, but it's immensely enjoyable. A must if you are a romantic who appreciates classical tales of valor and drama. The constant, did-you-know historical facts can be jarring, though, and sometimes it gets slow with all backstories of every relevant character. It could do well with less of the sex scenes as well (Obaba-sama was...weird). Overall though, a worthy purchase and read. Weeaboo or not, give this a try. ...more
Karen Anderson
Dec 22, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: asian
Quite a few typos including mixing up character names once.
Either this doesn't translate well or it wasn't well translated.
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Truly
Nov 08, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Kau akan dibunuh oleh orang kepercayaanmu.”

Matsunaga Seiichiro adalah seorang Ronin yang dilatih langsung dan diangkat anak oleh sang legenda samurai, Miyamoto Musashi. Dalam kehidupan sehari-hari, Seiichiro tidak hanya diajari seni bela diri serta seni pedang, namun juga seni membersihkan diri dan menenangkan jiwa. Hasilnya ia mampu membaca dan mematahkan gerakan lawannya saat bertempur.

Setelah sang guru dan ayah angkatnya tiada. Seiichiro dikirim ke Yoshiwara. Disanalah sesungguhnya kemampuan
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Della
Sebuah novel yang diangkat berdasarkan sejarah Jepang saat masih bernama Edo, dengan tokoh utama bernama Matsunaga Seiichiro yang dibesarkan oleh ahli samurai, Miyamoto Musashi, nun di pegunungan Hiro.
Pada usia 26, Seiichiro pergi ke Yoshiwara, Edo, untuk menunaikan amanat terakhir Musashi. Takdir membawanya pada Gensai, seorang tua yang kelak akan banyak membantunya.
Takdir pula yang membawanya pada shinkun gomenjo. Seiichiro tidak tahu apa itu shinkun gomenjo dan bertekad mencari tahu. Menur
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Sharon
Aug 29, 2010 rated it liked it
Historical fiction translated from Japanese into English. This is the story of how Matsunaga Seiichiro becomes the swordsman who represents the interests of the geisha courtesans of the Yoshiwara, the pleasure district of Edo.
I really liked the story, but it was awkwardly worded in some places which I think occurred because of translation. Two other drawbacks with reading it were: the abundant use of Japanese names and the author told many brief stories within the story.
Sally
Oct 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
I loved this book, it transported me to Japan and times of the samurai and shoguns, with a hero to look up to. Unfortunately, it was either poorly edited or poorly translated with some glaring errors marring the reading. And, there was a lot of Japanese minutiae, historically speaking, and many many names to keep track of, many were minor characters. Still, if you want to be transported, give yourself a few minutes a day in this book.
Diana
Aug 18, 2011 rated it did not like it
The first two chapters failed to capture my attention and imagination, so I stopped reading it.
Yudi
Mar 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bagi penggemar cerita fiksi berlatar belakang sejarah, khususnya sejarah Jepang, buku ini tidak boleh dilewatkan.
Tyson
Jul 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
My review here ...more
Bee-Man
Feb 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
Lg cr info apakah benar Miyamoto Musashi punya anak angkat. Secara keseluruhan bukunya seru dibaca, serasa nonton pilem samurai/silat cina...
Michele
Dec 21, 2010 rated it liked it
Thought it was going to be a history lesson, but turned out to be a really nice read.
Marchel
Kisah tentang murid yg langsung dididik dari bayi oleh Miyamoto Musashi.

Kisah ini terjadi di Yoshiwara baru, tempat tinggal kaum Ugutsu, kaum 'temen seperjalanan'.
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Sae-chan
Mar 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: japanese-writers
Interesting alternative legend of Tokugawa Ieyasu.
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Keiichiro Ryu (隆 慶一郎 Ryū Keiichirō?, 1923 – 1989)was a Japanese editor, acclaimed screenplay writer, and historical fiction writer.

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