After Englishman John Blackthorne is lost at sea, he awakens in a place few Europeans know of and even fewer have seen–Nippon. Thrust into the closed society that is seventeenth-century Japan. In this land, the line between life and death is razor-thin, Blackthorne must negotiate not only a foreign people, with strange customs and language, but also his own definitions of morality, truth, and freedom. He will discover that the samurai’s code of honor is as complex as our own–and often more deadly.
This is a book of adventure, mystery, and camaraderie. It begins with John Blackthorne–a young English sailor who is shipwrecked in Japan. He discovers he has been captured by barbarians whose culture is so different from his own that he has no idea what’s happening to him. After being rescued by a Japanese lord and brought to the capital city of Nagasaki, Blackthorne takes part in a dramatic and far-ranging plot that involves officials of the Imperial Court, a simple samurai warrior, Christian missionaries trying to convert the locals, and an ancient ritual involving human sacrifice. Clavell’s vivid descriptions of life in seventeenth-century Japan help make this novel both engrossing and awe-inspiring.”
Here is an adventure that no one in their right mind could have foreseen, an epic journey of a man who sought to bring Christianity to Japan. But what he found there was something far more dangerous than any power on earth: a fiercely independent people with a strange language and unflinching courage under fire. James Clavell returns with a masterpiece, a riveting tale of honor and deception amid the most fantastic backdrop imaginable.
About Shōgun Book
After Englishman John Blackthorne is lost at sea, he awakens in a place few Europeans know of, and even fewer have seen–Nippon. Thrust into the closed society that is seventeenth-century Japan. In this land, the line between life and death is razor-thin; Blackthorne must negotiate not only a foreign people, with strange customs and language but also his definitions of morality, truth, and freedom. As internal political strife and a clash of cultures lead to seemingly inevitable conflict, Blackthorne’s loyalty and strength of character are tested by both passion and loss, and he is torn between two worlds that will each be forever changed.
Powerful and engaging, capturing both the rich pageantry and stark realities of life in feudal Japan, Shōgun is a critically acclaimed powerhouse of a book. Heart-stopping, edge-of-your-seat action melds seamlessly with intricate historical detail and raw human emotion. Endlessly compelling, this sweeping saga captivated the world to become one of the best-selling novels of all time and one of the highest-rated television miniseries, inspiring a nationwide surge of interest in the culture of Japan. Shakespearean in both scope and depth, Shōgun is, as the New York Times put it, “…not only something you read–you live it.” Provocative, absorbing, and endlessly fascinating, there is only one: Shōgun.