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Transporting readers to the beauty and intrigue of nineteenth-century Japan, Takashi Matsuoka has crafted a dazzling epic in two parts, Cloud of Sparrows and its sequel, Autumn Bridge.

A magnificent adventure in the tradition of James Clavells Shogun, the journey begins in 1861, when a beautiful American missionary arrives on the shores of Edo Bay and enters an exotic world of noblemen and geishas, samurai and Zen masters. In Cloud of Sparrows, Emily Gibson and Genji, Lord of Akaoka, begin a nimble test of wills in the midst of an invasion that threatens their most cherished beliefs. With spies and chilling omens lurking at every turn, Genji must flee to the spectacular Cloud of Sparrows Castle. The undertaking brings together an unlikely band from West and East, including Lady Heiko, whose prowess in the romantic arts is equaled by her capacity as a ninja.

Autumn Bridge presents an overwhelming revelation that links prophesies of the past—as far-reaching as the fourteenth century—to Lord Genjis improbable alliance with Emily. In the year 1311, while tumult rages outside Cloud of Sparrows, a beautiful woman sits down to write an extraordinary tale. Her words will not be uncovered for another five hundred years, when Emily will translate the troubling Autumn Bridge scrolls and see unmistakable threads of her own life woven into these ancient premonitions. Revealing historical details about the pivotal figures introduced in Cloud of Sparrows, Matsuoka presents a stunning finale that encompasses not only their origins but the empires fate—and beyond.

The questions, discussion topics, and author biography that follow are intended to enhance your reading of Takashi Matsuokas Cloud of Sparrows and Autumn Bridge.

We hope they will enrich your experience of these captivating novels.


A Novel

Takashi Matsuoka

ISBN 0-385-33850-3 trade paperback


A Novel

Takashi Matsuoka

ISBN 0-385-33641-1 hardcover

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Edward Hahn, November 22, 2014 (view all comments by Edward Hahn)
What a pleasant surprise! I had not heard of this author and was entranced with his mixture of historical fact, historical fiction and fantasy. As a former employee in a zen monastery, Matsuoka was also able to weave elements of that discipline into his narrative.

The timing, 1861, is in the middle of the Japanese transition from the shogunate to an empire. Genji, the main protagonist, is a Daimyo or Great Lord, and a far thinking samurai warrior, who recognizes the power of the Westerners and questions the weaknesses of his own highly structured, militaristic, blood soaked society. He is also subject to visions of the future as was his father, Kiyori, and his uncle, Shigeru. It runs in the Okumichi clan.

He has invited missionaries, Zebediah Cromwell, Emily Gibson and Matthew Stark to Japan and has agreed to let them build a church on his estates. Genji is also madly in love with Heiko, the pre-eminent geisha of her time and she with him. His closest retainers Sohaku, Kudo and Saiki are all dedicated to the old ways of the samurai society and often don't understand where Genji is headed but their dedication and obedience does not allow them to gainsay their master. The head of the Shogun's secret police Kawakami has dedicated himself to the destruction of the entire Okumichi clan.

The story unfolds from there as plots, counter-plots and counter-counter plots are undertaken. The insights into the thinking processes and behaviors of the Japanese are fascinating and accurate as far as I know. I was carried into a land I know little about and loved every minute of it.

I plan to read subsequent books from Matsuoka and highly recommend this one, his first.
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Matsuoka, Takashi
Dell Publishing Company
Historical - General
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