Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune by Pamela S. Turner

Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune by Pamela S. Turner

I am disappointed to say that I did not like this book as much as I wanted too. I was excited to read a historical fiction book about history that was not European or American. I was excited to get a glance at Japanese history and culture. I did learn a lot, just not with the excitement I had anticipated. I have a couple issues with the book which makes it slow to read and difficult to get excited by. First off, the narration came from a strange point of view, sometimes it was stating the story. Other times the narrator was relating it to modern day by comparing it to current topics. It was just all over the place and hard to tell if the narrator was an observer from afar but present or completely separate from the story. This gave the book a very disjointed feeling. My second issue was that there was no connection to the characters and it felt like the author did not connect to their story. I did learn a lot from it and found it interesting to learn about the evolution of the Samurai and the history of the Yoshitsune Samurai Rebellion, it was just not engaging. One thing that I did appreciate about the book is the map at the beginning and the character glossary, explaining all of their relations to each other and what the role of each was (as there are a lot of different characters and the family lines get very mixed up). I would recommend it as a good way to learn about Japanese history, just don’t expect to be sucked into the story.

 

$14.21
(as of 19-11-2017 19:37:50 UTC - Details)

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