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message 1: by Janell (new)

Janell (jan3ll) | 11 comments There are five books in Eiji Yoshikawa's Musashi series.
Musashi The Way of the Samurai by Eiji Yoshikawa Musashi The Art of War by Eiji Yoshikawa Musashi The Way of the Sword by Eiji Yoshikawa The Bushido Code (Musashi, #4) by Eiji Yoshikawa Musashi The Way of Life and Death by Eiji Yoshikawa

I realize these may have been combined and released in one volume (omnibus), but they are also distinct works in a series of 5 books (homage to Musashi's actual Book of Five Rings). Amazon bears me out - links at the bottom of this.
Now, here are the issues:

A. book 1 of the series - Musashi: The Way of the Samurai is incorrectly designated as book #2 of the series (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10...) and also somehow combined with book#3 - Musashi: The Way of the Sword (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10...) as the same edition. Please separate them and label them as book 1 and book 3 of the series.

B. book 2 of the series - Musashi: The Art of War is found here (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10...) and has no series designation. Please label properly as book #2.

C. book 4 of the series - Musashi: The Bushido Code is found here (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10...) and also has no series designation. Please label as book 4 of the series.

D. book 5 of the series - Musashi: The Way of Life and Death is found here (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10...) sans series designation. Please label as book 5 of the series.

Thanks.
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Amazon has distinct entries (and ISBNs) for each of these 5 books:
Book 1: http://www.amazon.com/Way-Samurai-Mus...
Book 2: http://www.amazon.com/The-Art-War-Mus...
Book 3: http://www.amazon.com/The-Way-Sword-M...
Book 4: http://www.amazon.com/Musashi-No-4-Bu...
Book 5: http://www.amazon.com/The-Life-Death-...


message 2: by Z-squared (last edited Aug 28, 2013 03:47PM) (new)

Z-squared | 8580 comments working on it now

the issues are a mess and are going to take some work to separate and re-combine correctly. once that's done, i can fix the series order.


message 3: by Z-squared (new)

Z-squared | 8580 comments Apparently the original novel was composed of 7 books with these subtitles:

earth
water
fire
wind
sky
sun & moon
perfect light

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musashi_...)

Any idea how those 7 relate to the 5-book series? Is Book 1: The Way of the Samurai composed of those 7 chapters? Or has the entire series been broken up in 5-book or 7-book chunks depending on the publishers?


message 4: by Janell (new)

Janell (jan3ll) | 11 comments Thanks - agreed - a hot mess, but thank you for diving right in!
Now about the relation between what I will call 'the Musashi novel' found here:(http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10...) and his Musashi series...

I'm totally speculating (because the descriptions on GRs could be referring to any body of work about Musashi and/or pre-modern Japan and I only own the series), but I believe they are distinct works: 1) the Musashi series and 2) the Musashi novel, and the chapter references you found are not part of the series, but are chapters in the single novel.

I also checked out Yoshikawa's Wikipedia page...and under "English translations" in the middle of the page - there's the 5 book series + a 2 additional Musashi titles published as a stand-alones.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E5%90%8...

Also - compare page count. 5 books roughly 300 pages each versus the single Musashi novel at 970 pages. I would have to check out a copy of it to be absolutely sure...who knows - the publisher could have done some creative editing and shaved the page count down.

Next, the publisher's ad in the back of my copy of the series only lists 5 books (not 7) and label them collectively as the Musashi "saga". Now whether that's a marketing gimmick, or just a way to distinguish it from the single Musashi novel - I don't know. Then again...per that wiki page - the publishers between the two (Pocket Books v. Kodansha Intl) differ.


Thoughts?


message 5: by Z-squared (new)

Z-squared | 8580 comments That's about as far as I got, too. Well, at least the 5-book series is now fixed. I'm at a loss to combine any of the other 'Musashi' editions without more info.


message 6: by Janell (new)

Janell (jan3ll) | 11 comments Ha - the series is all I cared about, so I'm cool. You're a rock star! Thanks again.


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