Showing posts from February, 2015

Book 127: "Shogun" by James Clavell

Title: Shogun
Author: James Clavell
Genre: Historical Fiction
Read In: Nook ePub
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

This book has been on my "to read" list since I was a teenager. My parents have always raved about it. At 1140 (-ish, depending on publisher/format) pages, this book is a little bit of an undertaking. It's also very in-depth and slightly complicated.

The book is set in Japan in the late 1400s to early 1500s, approximately the same time as the Medieval era of Europe and the Spanish Inquisition (which is mentioned in the book). It tells a story of a Dutch ship, piloted by an Englishman, who are shipwrecked on Japan in an attempt to find the Asias (meaning, primarily China and India). The pilot's name is John Blackthorne and he is one of the main character's of the book. One of the many things I really enjoyed about this book is that there are multiple main characters that are followed. There is not a single character that is not fully developed. The…