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    The classic samurai novel about the real exploits of the most famous swordsman.

    Miyamoto Musashi was the child of an era when Japan was emerging from decades of civil strife. Lured to the great Battle of Sekigahara in 1600 by the hope of becoming a samurai - without really knowing what it meant - he regains consciousness after the battle to find himself lying defeated, dazed, and wounded among thousands of the dead and dying. On his way home, he commits a rash act, becomes a fugitive, and brings life in his own village to a standstill - until he is captured by a weaponless Zen monk.

    The lovely Otsu, seeing in Musashi her ideal of manliness, frees him from his tortuous punishment, but he is recaptured and imprisoned. During three years of solitary confinement, he delves into the classics of Japan and China. When he is set free again, he rejects the position of samurai and for the next several years pursues his goal relentlessly, looking neither to the left nor to the right.

    Ever so slowly it dawns on him that following the way of the sword is not simply a matter of finding a target for his brute strength. Continually striving to perfect his technique, which leads him to a unique style of fighting with two swords simultaneously, he travels far and wide, challenging fighters of many disciplines, taking nature to be his ultimate and severest teacher and undergoing the rigorous training of those who follow the way. He is supremely successful in his encounters, but in The Art of War, he perceives the way of peaceful and prosperous governance and disciplines himself to be a real human being.

    He becomes a reluctant hero to a host of people whose lives he has touched and by whom he has been touched. Inevitably, he has to pit his skill against the naked blade of his greatest rival.

    Musashi is a novel in the best tradition of Japanese storytelling. It is a living story, subtle and imaginative, teeming with memorable characters, many of them historical. Interweaving themes of unrequited love, misguided revenge, filial piety, and absolute dedication to the way of the samurai, it depicts vividly a world Westerners know only vaguely. Full of gusto and humor, it has an epic quality and universal appeal.

    ©1971 Fumiko Yoshikawa (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    Epic tale with valuable lessons

    Epic historical journey through the Japan of the samurai. You'll learn about zen, the art of war, and life in general.

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    great reader.

    superb reader. not finished listening but enjoy story and readers voice and his multiple tones!

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    An epic less about swords but more about life

    Extremely well read and interpreted.

    An mind opening epic on the - slightly fictionised - life o a Japanese icon. From his rebirth as a human being until the moment that settled his name among the greatest, Musashi is constantly humbled by the great lessons found in every corner of life itself.

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    Awesome reader

    It’s a great story about the time of the Samurai and even better told by Brian Nishii.

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    really long and boring

    the humour either got lost in translation or just did not stand the test of time. The story is an epic tail with really boring and flat characters, uninspired narrative and cringeworthy dialogue.