Monday, October 25, 2010

In Search of...

Well I should have posted my review of the latest Musashi Book, but it's really hard to review an ongoing adventure. I feel somewhat like it's an early version of the search for the Holy Grail, the one by Monty Python, only they're Japanese. There's all this travelling from town to town to monastery, to temple. An awful lot of killing, and a great many samurai. I really didn't expect them to be such common folk. I knew honour and tradition was a big thing in the Japanese culture, but I really didn't think they were so violent, even the ladies and over nothing much. I struggled to read this 3rd book, it opens with Matahachi who now is using a stolen identity, his mother and uncle catch up with him. And then we meet the real person, who's identity Matahachi is using. We also meet once again Akemi, who is raped by her would be suitor. It's a sad thing. Otsu and her young companion too are still walking places, it's quite a lot of travelling. Kyoto is mentioned so often I had to look it up. I'm thinking the Kyoto Accord. I'm wondering what kind of pollution was around at that time, what with all the dead bodies just being buried wherever and all the people travelling with no apparent facilities. Hmm... I'm in a very political mood today, with it being our municipal elections.Anyway I'm thinking of this in "movie" format and see Monty Python crossover with Shogun, is this possible.?  Well I'm on to book 4 which is Wind. So now we have had Earth, Wind, and Fire and oh yea Water. Sounds like maybe a comeback band.I must say that I have to salute Jenners' Dad he certainly read and recommended an unusual book.  I'm glad I started this challenge, hope I can finish it.

3 comments:

Susan Williamson said...

This was such an interesting post. You've inspired me to read Shogun again ...and a Monty Python crossover? Very witty Irene.

Jenners said...

Now you have my brain imaginging a Monty Python version of Musashi.

And I know that Musashi's story has been told in film quite a few times. Maybe we should just watch the movie!

Irene said...

Oh no we cannot watch Musashi on film. It's not what your dad would have wanted. We just need to stick with it.