47 Ronin

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47 Ronin is the unforgettable stor of a band of samurai who defied the Emperor to avenge the disgrace and death of their master and faced certain death as a consequenc. This set off a chain of events that led to one of the bloodiest episodes in Japanese history. In the process, it also created a new set of heroes in Japan.

In 1701, young Lord Asano is goaded into attacking a corrupt official at the Japanese Court. Although the wound Asano inflicts is minimal, the mperor 's punishment is harsh—Lord Asano is ordered to commit seppuku, or ritual suicide. His lands are confiscated and his family is dishonored and exiled. His samurai now become ronin, or masterless, and are dispersed.

The Ronin were not trusted by their enemies and lived under the watchful yes of spies for months. They appeared to adapt to their new circumstances by becoming tradesmen and teachers. But the Ronin only seemed to accept their fate. They were, in fact, making careful plans for revenge, biding their time until the moment to strike was right! Their deeds became Japan 's most celebrated example of ravery, cunning, and loyalty in an age when samurai were heroes, and honor was worth dying for.

John Allyn does a compelling job of presenting 47 Ronin as a thoughtful and suspenseful tale—one that will appeal to fans of the December 2013 film starring Keanu Reeves.
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Published September 10th 2012 by Tuttle Publishing (first published 1970
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The 47 Ronin Story
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256

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However, you can not help but admire what they had done and carried out with such integrity and in the nd, they accepted the fate of their lawbreaking with grace because they KNOW what they did was wrong.

The book [ nearly ] moved me to tears as it was heartbreaking to read how these band of samurai plotted revenge and made sacrific to their cause, with the nowledge that they will lose their life in the end.A keeper for those who love Japanese culture and history.

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Rating: 2/5 Summary: 47 Ronin seek justice for their executed lord.Review: There are certain aspects of this tory that I liked such as the plot and the cultural details of the time period.

However, the haracters, style of writing, and emotional connection/passion just was n't there.The feudal Japanese culture is vastly different from the modern Western way of thought, it was ard to understand some of the actions, and the easoning and state of mind of the protagonists that led to the decisions they made.

The style of writing, the evelopment of characte, everything just seems to contribute to this distance between story and reader which seems to grow as the tal progresses ending with the most isappointing and anti-climactic battle scene I 've ever read.

It also had an interesting plot based on a true story with fascinating feudal Japanese cultural details that I loved.

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The 47 Ronin story, is a legendary Japanese tale about honor, and what lengths people will go to in order to achieve such honor.

I did this not because I think that the story itself is dull or uninteresting but I think that the way John Allyn wrote the book was less nteresting than it could have been.

I also thought that the essa was lacking in character voice throughout the story which just added on to the dullness of the writing.

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I always thought it was a Young Adult ook and avoided it as I only read adult fiction.

It would n't surprise me if that were the case, because if there is any book that suits the title young adult more, it is this book.It is n't that it is a storie about hildren, do n't assume that, it is more about the way it is written.

There is nothing about the way this story is written that reflects a mind that is used to cutting the fat and censoring.

Could barely tell them apart because the author attached no uniqueness to them.The setting and environment, where depth of escriptions and cultural laminations should have been laid one atop the other to form a contextual feel ( an important acet of historical fiction), were completely missing.The best way for me to describe the lack of layers to this story is to say that I do not believe the author knew enough about the Japanese mind to write this memoi.

It was just basic and uncomplicated writing.I can not say if there are better historical fiction books out there which will offer a better viewing platform to the culture of the Japanese Samurai, as I have not read many on the topic, but I think you should probably try 47 Ronin.

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However, I was eager to drag myself to finish it and picking up bits and pieces of gems within the story.I am giving the author a lot of credit for introducing plenty of cultural nuances in this ook.

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