Child of Vengeance

Child of Vengeance

Book - 2013
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A bold and vivid historical epic of feudal Japan, based on the real-life exploits of the legendary samurai Musashi Miyamoto
     Japan in the late sixteenth century was a land in turmoil. Lords of the great clans schemed against one another, served by aristocratic samurai bound to them by a rigid code of honour. Bennosuke is a high-born but lonely youth living in his ancestral village. His mother died when he was a young boy, and his powerful warrior father, Munisai, has abandoned him for a life of service to his lord, Shinmen. Bennosuke has been raised by his uncle Dorinbo, a Buddhist monk who urges the boy to forgo the violence of the samurai and embrace the contemplative life. But Bennosuke worships his absent father, and when Munisai returns, gravely injured, Bennosuke is forced to confront truths about his family's history and his own place in it. These revelations soon guide him down the samurai's path--awash with blood, bravery, and vengeance. His journey will culminate in the epochal Battle of Sekigahara, in which Bennosuke will first proclaim his name as Musashi Miyamoto.
     This rich and absorbing epic explores the complexities of one young man's quest while capturing a crucial turning point in Japanese history with visceral mastery, sharp psychological insight, and tremendous narrative momentum.
Publisher: Toronto : Doubleday Canada, 2013
ISBN: 9780385678216
Branch Call Number: KIR
Characteristics: 321 p.;,25 cm


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Jan 20, 2017

Fantastic Book! The Authors first book written while teaching English in Japan is a brilliant start to his career.

His imagery is evocative and story enthralling. Fantastic lead up to the second book in the story.

If you are a fan of the genre this is a book well worth reading.

Jun 06, 2014

I may be getting tired of reading about young men's coming of age stories. I found myself thinking that I really didn't care about this or that tragedy, which were probably defining moments in his young life.....I just wanted to get to the man's story, not the boy's. But this book doesn't have that part of the story.
The author does do a pretty good job of the Japanese setting and some of the characters are quite good. It was an easy and fast read but not a book I liked.

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