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The Ronin: A Novel Based on a Zen Mythby William Da Jennings
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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.
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.
The provocative and humorous story of a violent ronin who became a folk hero
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.
About the Author
"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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