A bold and vivid historical epic of feudal Japan, based on
the real-life exploits of the legendary samurai Musashi Miyamoto.
Japan in the
late sixteenth century was a land in turmoil. Lords of the great clans schemed
against each other. They were served by aristocratic samurai, bound to the lords by a
rigid code of honor. Bennosuke is a high-born but lonely teenager living in his
ancestral village. His mother died when he was a young boy, and his powerful
warrior father, Munisai, has abandoned him for a life of service to his lord. Bennosuke
has been raised by his uncle Dorinbo, a Buddhist monk who urges the boy to
forgo the violence of the samurai and embrace the contemplative life. But
Bennosuke worships his absent father, and when Munisai returns, gravely
injured, Bennosuke is forced to confront truths about his family’s history and
his place within it. These revelations soon guide him down the samurai’s
path—awash with blood, bravery, and vengeance. His journey will culminate in
the epochal battle of Sekigahara—in which Bennosuke will first proclaim his
name as Mushashi Miyamoto.
This rich and absorbing epic explores the
complexities of one young man’s quest while capturing a crucial turning point
in Japanese history with visceral mastery, sharp psychological insight, and
tremendous narrative momentum.
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