I read Shogun many years ago and fell in love with it.
Maybe some of you have seen the miniseries with Richard Chamberlain, which, if you have, will certainly date you (and me).
Over the holidays I had the great idea that our entire family should read Shogun by James Clavell and then meet weekly for a book club discussion. My idea was met with groans from Robbie and Jimmy, because I am constantly trying to get them to do one book club or another, but, Tricia said, “Yay, that would be fun” (I knew I could count on her).
In the end I talked Jimmy into reading Shogun together – to each other. I think having someone read to you is just so comforting. In fact, Robbie and Tricia have read entire classics to one another.
So we started Shogun three nights ago. The prologue is pretty long, but I knew Jimmy would like it because it is about sailing and Captain-Pilot Blackthorne’s journey. Last night we started the first chapter where Blackthorne finds himself in Japan (a place, which in the 1600s, was known (in the sense of actually being there) to the Spaniards and Portugese because they were the best sailors at that time and were able to navigate the waters). It is so much fun to read to one another that last night, when we knew we should be asleep, we kept saying, “Okay, read just one more page.”
Anyway, I thought maybe some of you might want to try reading a book with a friend, loved one, etc. Many of us have not been read to since we were very young and there is just something so wonderful about hearing a story read aloud to you. It makes your mind think and imagine in different ways. It is something different to share – different than watching TV or a movie or talking about what happened in the news or at work.
For those interested in reading Shogun, here is an excerpt from the back of the jacket:
A bold English adventurer. An invincible Japanese warlord. A beautiful woman torn between two ways of life, two ways of love. All brought together in a mighty saga of a time and place aflame with conflict, passion, ambition, lust and the struggle for power.
I think it is going to take us awhile to finish this book, which has 1210 pages, but I am looking forward to the journey.