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Komt prinses Kazu met haar gevolg door het boerendorpje waar Sachi woont Ze besluit het delicate meisje als haar bediende mee te nemen naar het vrouwenpaleis Zo zal Kazu een vertrouwelinghebben aan het hof waar naast hoofse etiuette en klassieke rituelen roddel en achterklap. I was just browsing through the library scanning book titles when this caught my eye At first I have to admit I judged it on it s cover and title but when I finished I realized that I had just randomly stumbled upon one of the best written books I have ever read It so well describes the ways of Japan in that time period and I m going to read it again On Tidy Endings scanning book titles when this caught my eye At first I have to admit I judged it on it Flat World Navigation s cover and title but when I finished I realized that I had just randomly A House of My Own Stories from My Life stumbled upon one of the best written books I have ever read It Under Her Command (The Bosss Pet, so well describes the ways of Japan in that time period and I m going to read it again

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The Last Concubine

Aan de orde van de dag zijn Maar belangrijker nog Kazu zal in de loop van de tijd Sachi aan haar echtgenoot kunnen aanbieden als concubine Zo waarborgt de prinses haar macht over haar echtgenoot en kan zij als ze daar behoefte aan heeft vermijden zelf het bed met hem te dele. Was disappointed with this book The main problem was the blurb on the back it gives you the entire tale bar the last chapter or so and even that wasn t too hard to guess The implication of the blurb is that girl meets boy fairly uickly and once you realise that s not the case it s very hard to continue It takes the entire book for the main character to meet her true love by which time she s been painted as a sap without much of a backbone If it hadn t been for my love of all things Japanese then I would have stopped reading Was a fairly big struggle to finish as it wasThe characters were ok the descriptions and explanations of Japanese culture at the time better but overall it s a flop for me Didn t grasp me and took far too long for the two main characters to meet and fall in love by which point the author must have realised there was a deadline and rounded everything up uickly Could have been so much

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Japan 1861 Sachi is een heel eenvoudig elfjarig meisje maar ze weet dat ze andersis dan anderen haar lichte huidskleur en verfijnde gelaatstrekken onderscheiden haar van haar familie en vrienden op het Japanse platteland Op weg naar haar huwelijk met de jonge keizer van Japan. I read many favourable reviews about this bookand many of them were gushing with praise for it A Japanese Gone with the wind With a gorgeous cover Can you imagine I was so eager to get this book in my handsThe plot boils down to this Sachi is a peasant girl who is adopted by a princessThe princess is going to be the shoguns wife Sachi grows up in the Edo castle and learns the strict protocol of the castle and using a halberd The heroine becomes noticed by the shogun and becomes his concubine Cue one creepy sex scene first time neverthelesspoor girland some bawdy jokes about picking mushrooms by some older womenAnd then we have the shogun unexpectedly dyingadding to the unrest of the landWar breaks out and Sachi and a handmaiden flees the castleSachi posing as the princessThey met up with some ronin samurai and decide to travel with them After this I lost grip on the plotexcept for the love story between Sachi and one of the samurai What was his name again And as for the editingFirst of all someone hand this author a book about synonymsThere is only so much repeating of words one can endure For example someones hair is described as bushy throughout the whole book and everyone seems to have plump lipsAnd the plot structure is lackingfeeling sketchy and not that well thought outthe same can be said for the characters up to and including our maincharacterFascinating history yes but it reads like a history book than a novel sometimesAnd even if I found the love story touching sometimesit didn t have that extra oomph Like in the real Gone with the wind Just about readable If you are interested in the authors claim that there was no word for love in japanese culture up until the 19th Century Here is her take on it No sources though so I dont know


10 thoughts on “The Last Concubine

  1. says:

    I read many favourable reviews about this bookand many of them were gushing with praise for it A Japanese “Gone with the wind” Wi

  2. says:

    I was looking forward to reading this very much well maybe that´s because I was sooo disappointed The story is just too unbelievable for me compare it to the shock of the very first line of acknowledgements in Golden´s Memoirs of a Geisha How come the shogun chose her? I had the impression the things just happened without any expl

  3. says:

    While Japan is teetering on the edge of civil war Sachi becomes concubine to the last shogun of Edo Tokyo but her life is soon to change when the old ways are swept away forever Sachi flees from the castle where she has lived a pampered life

  4. says:

    I was just browsing through the library scanning book titles when this caught my eye At first I have to admit I ju

  5. says:

    DNF It's a sad day when you realize what could be an amazing epic of Japanese history has no character development or motivation si

  6. says:

    looks like i've come to enjoy narratives about remote locations and cultural beliefs and practices so divergent

  7. says:

    A very engrossing novel Set in 1860s Japan during the time of the Meiji Restoration and the years leading up to itSachi grows up in a mountain village rural Japan Her pale skin and fine features have always set her apart and made her feel different At the age of eleven the procession of the Imperial Princess sweeps up her

  8. says:

    Was disappointed with this book The main problem was the blurb on the back it gives you the entire tale bar the last chapter or so and even that wasn't too hard to guess The implication of the blurb is that girl meets boy fairly uickly and once you realise that's not the case it's very hard to continue It takes the entire book for the main character to meet her 'true' love by which time she's been painted as a sap withou

  9. says:

    I wanted to like this book so bad but in the end it was only OK Sachi lacked depth as well as many of the other characters and I never really cared about them Downer shows that she has studied the history of Japan thoroughly and the history is good but the fiction story is not The whole thing about Sachi being a concubine's bastard child wasn't necessary and neither was Edwards who was portraited as being the

  10. says:

    The part that deals with the woman's palace is interesting but the author constantly uses the same descriptions etc for characters almost every time throughout the book This gets tedious and frankly laughable after a while Not too bad as a story though

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