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Shogun (1980)

Shogun's one of my favourite books, and I always felt like I was missing out whenever friends (well, not really "friends"─mostly my high school Art and English teachers plus my dad) talk about the mini-series.

Set in feudal Japan, Shogun centres around John Blackthorne, a shipwrecked British pilot, as he learns the intricacies of 17th century Japan culture, politics, religion and language.

Blackthorne gains the confidence of Toranaga, a feudal lord vying to be the next Shogun, and is the first foreigner ever to be made a Samurai.

What was so great about it is, they intentionally didn't subtitle the Japanese dialogue adding to the tension and conflict and really putting you in Blackthorne's shoes.

I was pleasantly surprised by Father Alvito, who I imagined in the book to be an old, balding man but turned out to be a really hot, slightly sinister-looking piece of man-meat.

Mmm-mmm. ♥

Hot priests aside, if you're a fan of the book, or like Samurai and historical dramas, you should definitely check it out.

Rating: 8/10


Tisha said...

It's one of my fave books too! My husband would rather watch the mini-series though. Saw a boxed set on sale in GB recently.

Anonymous said...

Father looks like Alan Watts :)

Wow, the great Tisha Alvarez-Angluben graces our comments section. How cool is that? :-D

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