After the execution of her father, the young and beautiful Lady Asano is in grave danger from the powerful Lord Kira In order to save herself Asano must find Oishi, the leader of the fighting men of her clan She believes he is three hundred miles to the southwest in the imperial city of Kyoto.Disguising her loveliness in the humble garments of a traveling priest, and calAfter the execution of her father, the young and beautiful Lady Asano is in grave danger from the powerful Lord Kira In order to save herself Asano must find Oishi, the leader of the fighting men of her clan She believes he is three hundred miles to the southwest in the imperial city of Kyoto.Disguising her loveliness in the humble garments of a traveling priest, and calling herself Cat, Lady Asano travels the fabled Tokaido Road Her only tools are her quick wits, her samurai training, and her deadly, six foot long naginata And she will need them all, for a ronin has been hired to pursue her, a mysterious man who will play a role in Cat s drama that neither could have ever imagined
The Tokaido Road After the execution of her father the young and beautiful Lady Asano is in grave danger from the powerful Lord Kira In order to save herself Asano must find Oishi the leader of the fighting men of h
This was a very pleasant surprise for me, I loved this book and I have reread it several times I might have to add it to my list of need to read again books now that I ve brought it out of the dust I have always loved Japan and this was a very colorful and detailed book about feudal Japan I love history lessons any time they are interesting to read, this one was The love story between the two main characters was beautiful Danger, adventure, revenge, swords, true love, what could you ask for
Ever been so down on your luck after your father was politically assassinated that you went and sold yourself to a brothel as a high class courtesan to hide from his enemies Me neither my dad is just just fine, thanks , but Lady Asano, otherwise known as Cat, has recently fallen from grace in those exact circumstances and figures she doesn t have anywhere else to go.A dish of poisoned blowfish and a dead client shatter her life as a courtesan at the House of the Carp Once again, Cat is on the ru [...]
This is a great book to read if you are interested in learning about Japan during the Edo period The author actually lived in Japan, carefully researched the time, and traveled the Tokaido Road itself The story is filled with fascinating details about how the ordinary people of the time lived their day to day activities, food, traveling, method of worship and many others The blurb on this copy read like a Harlequin romance, but the story is very far from it It is actually based on a true story A [...]
Hard to put down and, my goodness, I can hardly wrap my head around the complicated rules of 17th century Japan Thoroughly researched, gripping, and very interesting.
The Tokaido Road is, at first glance, a road trip wrapped around a tale of revenge and a beautiful one, at that.Lady Asano, nicknamed Cat, is a gorgeous, refined daughter of a samurai lord who was betrayed and forced to commit suicide We first meet Cat, who has been forced to work as a courtesan thanks to her family s disgrace, as she stares at a dead client, who died eating a poisoned dish meant for her Within moments, Cat uses her ingenuity to escape her brothel and begin her journey down the [...]
The Tokaido Roadby Lucia St Clair RobsonThe Tokaido Road is a break for Lucia St Clair Robson from her adventures in the American Revolution, and the American tragedy of the Trail of Tears The Tokaido Road is a dynamic story showing the ideology of Feudal Japan The complex characters and use of imagery, poetry, and art bring to life the noble Japanese spirit I will add this as another in my collection to be placed with Memoires of a Geisha, Life of a Geisha, and the tale of Genji, the tale of Mu [...]
This proves that while I might teach Asian history and quite enjoy reading about history in real life , novels about East Asia are not for me For a story based on a real life event and one that has been represented in song theatre film multiple times , this novel had nothing much that was new to add Maybe it was revolutionary in its time 1991 but, 20 years later, it s not aged well The first 100 pages or so plod along, much like Lady Asano or Cat The last part picks up a bit but, by then, you ve [...]
Wonderful book I learned about it because it received a high rating on Smart Bitches smartbitchestrashybooks but it took until almost the end for me to determine why it might be considered a romance novel Lady Asano, aka Cat, escapes her life as a courtesan and takes to the Tokaido road to travel to find her Sensei and seek his help in avenging her father s death She is chased by her father s enemies and a ronin former samarai sent be the house where she worked Along the way she pick up a side k [...]
Not sure what my fascination is with feudal or just slightly post feudal Japan, but the Floating World is fascinating In this story, the heroine Cat does than float She s well trained in swordsmanship and in the duties of the daughter of a disgraced father She undertakes her own vendetta and hurries along the Tokaido road in pursuit of Lord Kira who is responsible for her father s death As in any road story, from Chaucer onward, the fellow travelers become the story Some aim to prevent her from [...]
I gave up on this half way through honestly it all started rather fascinating and stayed like that until page 120 and then I began to skim the pages I think the main problem was my lack of general knowledge concering the history of feudal Japan Also after reading some of the reviews on I found that I wasn t the only one struggling with the unwarranted length of this novel One benefit came out of this I will start reading some books about this era in Japan I really found it interesting.
This book was rich, lush, and well researched It pulled you into a complicated family drama, but was action packed The romance was beautiful, but not soppy It was a long read, but I hardly noticed and when I finished it I wanted I suggest it for anyone who likes historical fiction and intricate detail A must read for new adult women, because it was both empowering and sexy
After reading The Tale of Genji i have become fascinated by historical Japan with it s customs and Samurai culture This takes you for a tour of Japan as the main female character follows the Tokaido Road with such descriptive narrative that you feel each battle she fights in order to find justice for her family You won t be disappointed.
This has been sitting around for ages but I finally read it and enjoyed it a lot it s a retelling of the famous 47 ronin tale of old Japan It has clearly been meticulously researched for realism so it s a nice look into Japanese customs as well as an epic tale I wonder if they made it into a film.
Things this book made me do 1 Order a copy of Musashi s Five Rings 2 Read poetry 3 Not get any sleep until I finished.This is an absolute joy to read neither too thick, nor too thin Well paced, in a wonderful setting.
Sadly, this one I could not finish No matter how hard I tried, I just could not get into this one.
Picked this up off the bargain table Sat around for agesExcellent, Well written, based on the 47 Ronin tale.
So many random things to say In no particular orderI was a little intimidated when I saw how long this book was I listened to it, and the audiobook was 20 hours and change , and I went in wondering if it would drag That was not the case There are many suspenseful and interesting adventures going on, and one or another of these kept bringing me back There was one place, about 70% through, where I got a little bored with their extended adventures on the road, but I also think I was a little afraid [...]
I ve had this paperback for several years now and have read this novel numerous times I really enjoy the mixture of drama, poetry, adventure and the learning of the everyday life of people in feudal Japan in the early 18th century Although it is historic fiction, it is based on the true story of the 47 master less samurai that successfully avenged the death of their lord, and then were arrested and committed ritual suicide.
one of my most prized and favorite books ever A story about an upper class girl who is sold into prostitution When she finds out that her father was wrongly killed, she disguises herself as a man, escapes from the geisha house and seeks retribution for his death In order to do this, she must travel from Tokyo to Kyoto along the Tokaido Road And she must do this penniless and disguised as a man If you are in the mood for true adventure, choose this book It will not let you down.
This is one of the best books historical novels I have read in a long time Lucia St Clair Robson has successfully pulled me into this novel it seems well researched and I would hope it could be made into a movie someday the characters are rich and the narrative is smooth I had a hard time putting this one down and am saddened that it is concluded.
An interesting story about Japan in 1700 A bit long as the author wishes to describe many aspects of Japanese life and culture and works it all into the story, even when it doesn t particularly advance the plot Still it was written well enough to keep my interest through the end.
This historical novel was a mixed bag It had the best sense of place of any Westerner penned novel about feudal Japan I ve read and the characters were appealing, but its length and incredibly slow pace as well as the relatively unexciting plot hurt an otherwise appealing book.This book was incredibly well researched I m fairly well versed in the Edo period and fluent in Japanese, and I could find very few nits to pick The author demonstrated such a broad grasp of Japanese history that I was sur [...]
Interesting book and a fascinating look at 17th century Japan, but too bloody long by half.I loved the beginning to avenge her father, Lady Asano aka Cat goes on a journey along the Tokaido She s alone, she wears a bunch of different disguises, she fights off hirelings, she meets lots of interesting people At some point she picks up a country girl who becomes her servant and or friend Yay, roadtrip The description of Japan and its customs is very detailed and I enjoyed all the attention to the r [...]
A little over ficitonalised in parts if you know a little about feudal Japanese tradition some aspects will make you roll your eyes, but still enjoyable as a story.
As you can tell, it took me forever to finish this one Why I have three good reasons 1 It was a pretty big book with 544 pages of small print 2 The small print gave me headaches And 3 The first300 pages kept putting me to sleep I m not kidding, which is the sad thing.When I heard about this book I was really excited and I couldn t wait to read it Many people compared it to The Snow Fox and said so many good things about it It s never good to go into a book with expectations and unfortunately I d [...]
This book really just made me want to go to Japan I know it s set hundreds of years ago, but still It painted such a rich picture of the Japanese culture and customs of the time I could practically taste the food and smell the crisp mountain air The author spared no detail in describing everything It made for such a beautiful book The story of Cat s thirst for justice and revenge and the journey she takes along the Tokaido Road was an interesting one While the basic premise of the story was not [...]
The Tokaido Road is meant to take place alongside the tale of the 47 Ronin If you aren t familiar with the tale of the 47 Ronin, it s a supposedly true story, and there are plenty of book and movie adaptations to check out but don t waste your time with the Keanu Reeves version It is a popular and well known story, so readers are expected to know the outcome before reading Tokaido Road This book isn t about the destination, it s about the journey Admittedly, the journey takes quite a while to re [...]
The Tokaido Road is a vividly written slice of life in feudal Japan, with a heaping dose of suspense and action mixed in, topped with a sprinkling of romance Although the book is long and the writing can be dense, the story was never predictable and was packed with enough action to keep me wanting to know what would happen next Plus I left the book feeling like I d been treated to a master class on 18th century Japanese culture and society After the treachery of Lord Kira causes the execution su [...]