The 47 Ronin: Japanese Tales of Vampires, Ghosts, and Renegade Samurai

The Ronin Japanese Tales of Vampires Ghosts and Renegade Samurai In this lavishly illustrated volume A B Mitford presents ancient Japanese tales filled with action romance and the supernatural Proud lords and their loyal retainers a brave samurai and his faithl

  • Title: The 47 Ronin: Japanese Tales of Vampires, Ghosts, and Renegade Samurai
  • Author: Algernon Bertram Freeman-Mitford
  • ISBN: 9781435139428
  • Page: 484
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In this lavishly illustrated volume, A.B Mitford presents ancient Japanese tales filled with action, romance, and the supernatural Proud lords and their loyal retainers, a brave samurai and his faithless wife, a vampire cat, and howling spirits are all featured in the engaging stories that follow, including The Forty Seven R nin In this account of fierce heroism, aIn this lavishly illustrated volume, A.B Mitford presents ancient Japanese tales filled with action, romance, and the supernatural Proud lords and their loyal retainers, a brave samurai and his faithless wife, a vampire cat, and howling spirits are all featured in the engaging stories that follow, including The Forty Seven R nin In this account of fierce heroism, a band of r nin masterless samurai who wander the country as somewhat disreputable knights errant swear to lay down their lives to avenge their lord, who was condemned to hara kiri and his property and castle forfeited to the state How Tajima Shum was Tormented by a Devil of his Own Creation When a traveling r nin amasses great wealth with a dead priest s money, he finds himself confronted with a fearful vision of the man he murdered The Badger s Money An old priest takes pity on a helpless badger that asks to enter his warm cottage so that it may live through a bitterly cold night.Appendices covering hara kiri and funeral rites conclude this collection of mesmerizing stories about Japanese life in days of yore.

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    • Through the auspices of the State University Library System of Florida, I have in my hands what is probably the first translation into English (at least in America) of a Japanese novel. In 1880, Shiuichiro Saito and Edward Greey published The Loyal Ronins, a "translation" of one of seven monogatari in Tamenaga Shunsui's I-ro-ha Bunko (The A-B-C Writing Desk), itself published in 18 volumes between 1836-1848. Shunsui (1790-1844) was one of the most popular writers in late Edo Japan and one of Nag [...]


    • Un clàssic amb tots els ets i uts. La novel·lització d'un succés real que ha esdevingut llegenda al Japó: la història d'una venjança (i mira que mola quan hi ha venjances) de 47 ronin, 47 samurais a qui han matat l'amo. Una venjança planificada al més pur estil comte de Montecristo, amb paciència i fredor, durant anys.Si bé és cert que no és una novel·la a l'ús, que costa d'entendre alguns dels comportaments dels seus protagonistes i que culturalment està a les antípodes de nosa [...]


    • 47 Ronin o la historia de los leales samuráis de Ako: Tener entre las manos el relato de la leyenda nacional japonesa por excelencia, es tener frente a nosotros una de las historias épicas más grandiosas, emotivas e influyentes, que ha sobrevivido al tiempo y a las fronteras entre oriente y occidente. Una mezcla de hechos reales y tradición oral, que a lo largo del tiempo han ido agrandando el relato hasta convertirlo en leyenda inmortal, 47 Ronin es el ejemplo perfecto de la realidad y la l [...]



    • This is an abridged and dolled-up reprint of A.B. Mitford’s Tales of Old Japan with lots of color illustrations. Tales was originally published in 1871, as Algernon Bertram Freeman-Mitford, a member of the British legation in Tokyo, witnessed the rapid modernization of Japan. He decided to set down some traditional stories before they were completely altered by new attitudes and customs.The centerpiece, of course, is the mostly-true story of the forty-seven ronin who avenged their lord’s dea [...]


    • Sajnos a fordítás borzalmas. A stílus, ahogy meg van írva, az tetszik, de hogy ezt nem olvasták át még egyszer rendesen az biztos. És hogy a neveket miért kellett lefordítani azt sem értem. A Függelékben lévő szereplőket alig tudtam azonosítani a történet szereplőivel. Amúgy a helyesírási hibák mellett, még néhány mondat (hogy is mondjam) értelmetlen volt, mintha google fordító fordította volna, nem pedig egy híres műfordító.Viszont a történet teljesen elvar [...]


    • The 47 Ronin (the book, not the story) is a collection and inside look of Japanese culture. If you want to know what a group of people hold dear you should read their stories, and these story's make it clear they hold honor above almost everything. One thing I like about the book, was the that Mitford, the man who put together this collection of stories, also explained the culture and rituals they practice in the stories. Most of the stories where preceded by a brief history lesson, and even end [...]


    • This is actually a reprint of an 1870's book, an account by an Englishman to record several Japanese myths and an account of hara-kiri for a Western world whom had little insight into the Japanese people. As such, despite the fantastic elements in these stories, mostly ghost stories, it's a dry document filled with much exposition.Some of the artwork is from the original book and is done by an artist who did Japanese woodblocking at that time. The rest of the colorful, often spooky and/or grisly [...]


    • 3.5/5La novela en sí me ha encantado, y la edición de Satori, con todas las ilustraciones de los samuráis y los numerosos e ilustrativos apéndices, es una maravilla. Le baja la nota el que me esperaba algo más de épica, y justo la escena que se antoja principal se hurta a la contemplación del lector, con lo que me he quedado un tanto decepcionado (única y exclusivamente en ese sentido).La historia es ideal para entender un poco mejor la construcción de la mentalidad instaurada en Japón [...]


    • Picked this up because of my love for Japanese tales and folklore. Each story has intro and a bit of extro from the author to give insight on the story he is recounting to the reader. These stories were originally collected by Mitford in the late 1800s, meaning some of the romanji spelling is off compared to how we would write those names today (ie: Yedo is now Edo, daimio should be daimyo) and unfortunately was not updated when this version of the book was printed Aug 2012.


    • Interesting introduction to some of the most well-known Japanese legends and folk tales. The text does read a bit dated since this was originally published back in the 19th century. However this particular edition is beautifully designed and the book is worth reading and owning for that reason alone.


    • Maybe the most famous story from the Japanese middle age about the samurais taking revenge for their master's death. Unfortunately almost impossible to enjoy this great story because translator simply translated every Japanese names to Hungarian which sounds utterly ridiculous. Shame.


    • InterestingThis is a fascinating read about a famous and beloved part of Japanese history. Unfortunately, it is overly wordy and the choice to translate names into English is an odd one.


    • Intersting read. The 47 Ronin story is by far the best making the first part of the book very enjoyable. Towards the end the stories get less interesting but still worth the read if you are interested in Japanese culture.


    • Buen libro para entender parte de la cultura japonesa que no ha sido excesivamente comercializada pero tampoco es demasiado complicado de leer y cuenta la historia principal. No leí la última parte del libro ya que no me pareció tan interesante como la anterior.




    • I personally thought that this was an okay book. Though there were some spelling errors, and sometimes the sentences were a bit boring, I found it interesting. Though, it isn't exactly what I'd read.


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