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The Pillow Book of the Flower Samurai | [Barbara Lazar]

The Pillow Book of the Flower Samurai

I am Kozaisho: Fifth daughter, Woman-For-Play, teller of stories, lover, wife and Flower Samurai. In the rich, dazzling, brutal world of twelfth century Japan, one young girl begins her epic journey, from the warmth of family to the Village of Outcasts. Marked out by an auspicious omen, she is trained in the ancient warrior arts of the samurai. But it is through the power of storytelling that she learns to fight her fate, twisting her life onto a path even she could not have imagined...
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I am Kozaisho: Fifth daughter, Woman-For-Play, teller of stories, lover, wife and Flower Samurai. In the rich, dazzling, brutal world of twelfth century Japan, one young girl begins her epic journey, from the warmth of family to the Village of Outcasts. Marked out by an auspicious omen, she is trained in the ancient warrior arts of the samurai. But it is through the power of storytelling that she learns to fight her fate, twisting her life onto a path even she could not have imagined...

©2012 Barbara Lazar (P)2013 Headline Digital

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  • Philip
    London, United Kingdom
    4/14/13
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    "Disappointing"

    I was disappointed with this book. I was excited at the prospect of listening to another story set in historical Japan and being transported to a different time and place after listening to the excellent "The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet", but this book doesn't compare. The story is one dimensional, and everything is spelled out - the author doesn't let you work out what the protagonist's emotions are, she just tells you. I found I really didn't care about what was happening to Kozaisho - I wasn't engaged at all. So while it describes Japanese society at that time, and is interesting from that respect, it is not a "page turner".

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  • Patricia
    Manchester, United Kingdom
    3/6/13
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    "A gripping listen"

    Anyone who has studied Japanese history will enjoy this book. It is set before, and concludes towards the end of the Genpei war. This was the war that saw the samurai rise to the governance of Japan. It’s a poignant story that accurately depicts life in Japan at the time.

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