Reviewed 4/06/2011

Shogun, by James Clavell

SHŌGUN: A Novel of Japan
James Clavell
New York: Dell, November 1986 (© 1975 James Clavell)




ISBN 0-440-17800-2 1152pp. SC $7.99


Page 85: "Salamon made a tourniquet from a piece of shirt and staunched the blood."
  Vocabulary: S/B "stanched". (A very common mistake, as the two words are seldom used.)
Page 163: "Yabu was bleeding from his nose, his face bruised, his kimono blotched, and he tried to staunch the flow with a small piece of material."
  Vocabulary: S/B "stanch". (A very common mistake, as the two words are seldom used.)
Page 185: "Blackthorne smiled back, unguarded, and then he was on deck, and his mind whirled from the impact of Osaka, its immensity, the teaming anthills of people, and the enormous castle that dominated the city."
  Vocabulary: S/B "teeming". (Although, if any people can be said to be teaming together, it is the people of Nipon.)
Page 213: "When Toronaga was in his twenties, he had been a hostage, too, then of the despotic Ikawa Tadazaki, Lord of Suruga and Totomi, father of the present Ikawa Jikkyu, who was Yabu's enemy." — "...and then, when Toronaga had rebelled against Tadazuki and joined Goroda..."
  Spelling: The name of the despot is spelled two different ways here.
Page 724: "I would imagine that excludes everything to do with me, and my various hatamoto, neh?"
  Vocabulary: S/B "hatamotos" if Clavell follows the same rule he does with "daimyo".
Page 738: "Buntaro had bought it from Sen-Nakada, the most famous cha-master who had ever lived, for twenty thousand koku."
  Is this Sen-Nakada a historical figure? The same could be asked of the master swordsmith on page ?
Page 888: "How long before Ishido's impatience shatters and he raises the battle standard and moves against us?"
  Vocabulary: S/B "patience shatters" or "impatience erupts". Honto, neh?
1 I'm committing a faux-pas here, since Japanese does not form plurals this way.
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