The revenge of the forty-seven rōnin also known as the Akō incident (赤穂事件, Akō jiken) or Mitford invited his readers to construe his story of the Forty-seven Rōnin as historically accurate; and while . Of Asano’s over men, 47, especially their leader Ōishi, refused to allow their lord to go unavenged, .. Allyn , John. 15 Sep 47 Ronin Story is the classic Japanese story of Lord Asano of Ako and one of the bloodiest vendettas in Japan’s feudal history. In a shocking. 3 Jun reviews John Allyn’s The 47 Ronin Story – Grade: A-.

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Hundreds of samurai who had served under Asano had been left jobless, and many were unable to find employment, as they had served under a disgraced family. The style of writing, the development of characters, everything just seems to contribute to this distance between story and reader which seems to grow as the story progresses ending with the most disappointing and anti-climactic battle scene I’ve ever read.

The professor from the United Kingdom places a nice heavy judgment on the acts of the Samurai in perpetrating an attack over a slight to their leader. Nov 17, Nathan rated it it was ok. I have read several English-language books on the 47 Ronin over the past 20 years, but I consider this one to be the definitive telling of the tale.


With that said John Allyn does deserve some credit for writing the story as it happened in real life. All because he was offended or that is my understanding of the matter. It was Yamamoto Tsunetomoauthor of the Hagakurewho asked the well known question: However, with this elaborate plan comes much waiting and planning.

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This story illustrates the importance of the Samurai code of honor, Bushido. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. In the same way that stories of the Court of King Arthur might resonate with Anglos, this resonates with Japanese.

It might be nice for a discussion on west v east values of aklyn, duty, and honor, but hurts this book.

The 47 Ronin Story

It was just basic and uncomplicated writing. It’s free and yours to keep. Want to Read saving….

Members Reviews Popularity Average rating Mentions 10 51, 3. View all 12 comments. Of Kira, however, there was no aplyn. This book is about 47 “Ronin,” or samurai, a soldier. Add to Your books. The story as told by this author creates a totally understandable and non-western justification for the attack by these Ronin.

Woodcut by Kunisada depicting the attack early s. In in Edo, Japan, Lord Asano of Ako lashed out at a corrupt court official and set in motion a chain of events that shocked the country and brought the Shogun himself to a legal and moral impasse.

The story revolves around Oishi, a higher ronim samurai to Asano. And I remember laughing at the absurdity of the situation, in light of the horrors occurring around the Ronin and the Empire. Kira is swiftly killed, and, finally at peace, the samurai turn themselves in, later being subjected to the same ritual suicide as Lord Asano. He let me, the reader, see the humanity of the people involved. Please help improve hhe section by adding citations ronih reliable sources.


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That thought led to remembering other people who chose suicide over execution. No current Talk tonin about this book. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

They then extinguished all the lamps and fires in the house lest any cause the house to catch fire and start a general fire stofy would harm the neighbors and jhn, taking Kira’s head. Any kind of violence, even the drawing of a katanawas completely forbidden in Edo Castle. Hanya saja, karena ini novel berdasarkan sejarah, akhir cerita nya tidak bisa dirubah atau diubah? No glaring offenses there as far as technical skill goes. I Agree This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and if not signed in for advertising.

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The play has been made into a movie at least six times in Japan, [33] the earliest starring Onoe Matsunosuke. Of course, if your master was killed, you were expected to exact revenge.