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The violence of twelfth-century Japan explodes in this half-legendary, half-true story of a man who becomes a folk hero. Like the errant knights of Western chivalric romances, the Ronin, the masterless samurai of ancient Japan, live a life of adventure and follow a strict code of morality and honor. In this exciting tale, a Ronin slashes his way up from the gutter to a position of wealth, honor, and status.<P>Written in the 1960s, the author initially heard the ancient legend upon which this novel is based from Zen Master Nyogen Senzaki. Told with humor and irony, in the great tradition of realistic Zen mysticism, The Ronin is sure to shock, confound, and ultimately inspire readers.

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A novel based on Zen mythology, this story is told with humour and irony, in the tradition of realistic Zen mysticism. It is the tale of Ronin, a masterless 12th-century samurai knight, who slashes his way up from the gutter to a position of wealth, honour, and status.

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The provocative and humorous story of a violent ronin who became a folk hero

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The violence of twelfth-century Japan explodes in this half-legendary, half-true story of a violent ronin who becomes a folk hero. Told with humor and irony, The Ronin ranges from the pleasantly colloquial to the brutally satiric. This brief tale will shock, confound and ultimately inspire readers.

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"Boye Lafayette De Mente is an acknowledged authority on Asia and the author of more than 30 books. He first came to Japan in 1949 and has since worked as a journalist, editor, lecturer, and writer."

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Pogo4321, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by Pogo4321)
A great read. Full of blood and redemption. Works as both an action tale and a spiritual fable.
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tanglehair, November 24, 2006 (view all comments by tanglehair)
I read this book back in the early 70s and have been looking for it ever since. I want to read it again. It was so close to what I can imagine the Japanese mind is like. To come from the bottom as the Ronin did in this tale, and to achieve fame and then to go even further through his own iron will is beyond our imaginations. It will captivate those who come across it as I did, and never leave them. Don't pass up this opportunity to be swept away by a great teaching story.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780804834148
Subtitle:
A Novel Based on a Zen Myth
Author:
Jennings, William Dale
Author:
Jennings, William Dale
Publisher:
Tuttle Publishing
Location:
Boston
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Japan
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Mythology, japanese
Subject:
Ronin
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Tuttle Classics
Series Volume:
no. 85
Publication Date:
20010901
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
8 x 5.13 in 8 oz

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"Synopsis" by , A novel based on Zen mythology, this story is told with humour and irony, in the tradition of realistic Zen mysticism. It is the tale of Ronin, a masterless 12th-century samurai knight, who slashes his way up from the gutter to a position of wealth, honour, and status.
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The provocative and humorous story of a violent ronin who became a folk hero
"Synopsis" by ,
The violence of twelfth-century Japan explodes in this half-legendary, half-true story of a violent ronin who becomes a folk hero. Told with humor and irony, The Ronin ranges from the pleasantly colloquial to the brutally satiric. This brief tale will shock, confound and ultimately inspire readers.
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