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Old September 5th, 2017, 09:31 PM   #11

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Too much fiction for my tastes but I have been meaning to watch it. Saw it a long time ago when I was a kid but I really don't remember much.
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I enjoyed Shogun on the whole but it had its problems. Less happened in it than I was expecting and it could be very repititive. if I recall the first hundred or more pages are basically storm at sea then interrogation followed by a storm at sea then interrogation followed by another sea voyage.
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Old January 7th, 2018, 11:33 PM   #13

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You might be interested in this book about an English sailor who settles in Japan wouldn't call it the 'real' shogun but it was very influential shall we say.

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Old January 8th, 2018, 03:54 PM   #14

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Be Advised that there are a few different versions of the Shogun novel- some abridging happened after the first edition (which was something of a tome).

I missed certain details that some editor considered superfluous and found later editions somewhat flaccid & wan.
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Old January 25th, 2018, 12:29 PM   #15

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It's more of an interesting story.

I do not have the book, but I saw the movie.
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Old January 25th, 2018, 05:05 PM   #16
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Read it and watched the mini-series.
James Michener's Centennial is a good historical read. Almost anything by John Jakes and Samuel Shellabarger are good historical reads. As far as short stories go Robert E Howard's historicals are matchless especially the one set in the Crusades.
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Old July 13th, 2018, 05:41 PM   #17

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It's horrible. I recall reading parts of Shogun and Gaijin and the prose was just horrible, very cliched and excessive with a very arrogant and derisive tone, and utterly hated the colonial portrayal of the Japanese. Clavell has a clear revulsion for the Japanese that is only ever contradicted by his fetishisation of Japanese feudalism. It's truly dreadful literature.
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Old July 13th, 2018, 06:41 PM   #18

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I was once very fond of Shogun. Then I got a job as a Security Guard and had to sit in lonely guard shacks and read long books. I noticed that the book was influencing my mental state and I did not need to hear about how suicide was an acceptable alternative in life. I had to throw my copy away and I had the really big version. Reading James Michener never affected me like that. About the same time I gave up listening to James Taylor and I really liked him. I started listening to old bands like Steppenwolf and Grand Funk. They were much more upbeat.

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