Friday, August 15, 2014

Shogun - James Clavell

Time to clear out the gazillion posts lying in the drafts folder. Here's one I had started few months back. 

Really enjoyed this one. It had been a while since I'd read a well written, fast paced piece of historical fiction, and this ticked all the boxes.

Set in the 15th century, it follows an english captain who lands up in japan, and gets caught up in the intrigues and power struggles of the time. The imperialist powers, portugese, dutch, english and spanish, jostle for control, ostensibly bringing their catholic vs protestant wars to this land. In reality of course the squabble is less about the sects of christianity, and more for monopolistic trade and plans of domination, proselytization and colonization. Added to that backdrop, are the intrigues within Japan and it makes for a great page turner.

Must try other books by the same author, and thanks g for this one! 

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