The Pillow Book of the Flower Samurai

The Pillow Book of the Flower Samurai Memoirs of a Geisha meets Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon in a gorgeously vivid fresh historical that instantly captures the imagination I am Kozaisho Fifth daughter Woman For Play teller of stories

  • Title: The Pillow Book of the Flower Samurai
  • Author: Barbara Lazar
  • ISBN: 9780755389254
  • Page: 148
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Memoirs of a Geisha meets Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in a gorgeously vivid, fresh historical that instantly captures the imagination I am Kozaisho Fifth daughter, Woman For Play, teller of stories, lover, wife, and Flower Samurai.In the rich, dazzling, brutal world of 12th century Japan, one young girl begins her epic journey, from the warmth of family to the Village Memoirs of a Geisha meets Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in a gorgeously vivid, fresh historical that instantly captures the imagination I am Kozaisho Fifth daughter, Woman For Play, teller of stories, lover, wife, and Flower Samurai.In the rich, dazzling, brutal world of 12th century Japan, one young girl begins her epic journey, from the warmth of family to the Village of Outcasts Marked out by an auspicious omen, she is trained in the ancient warrior arts of the samurai But it is through the power of storytelling that she learns to fight her fate, twisting her life onto a path even she could not have imagined With stunning precision, the narrative evokes the beauty and clarity of the art and culture of Japan at that time, with Kozaisho s tales woven in bringing a fable like quality to the tale.

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    1. Did anyone else think it was a story about hippie Japanese warriors? No? Good neither did I. The first few pages were promising, really heart-wrenching stuff. Anyone who doesn't find being sold so that your family won't starve heart-wrenching has no heart to wrench. Lazar delivers tasteful and pretty descriptions of Japanese culture and scenery (with particular emphasis on honor being held in the highest regard at the core of Japanese values) but with little variation throughout. The deaths and [...]

    2. In 12th century Japan a little girl called Kozaisho is sold by her family to a local dignitary in exchange for more land. Caught up in events she at first doesn't understand, the book portrays her life from childhood to adulthood as a storyteller, geisha, lover, wife and samurai.The publisher describes this book as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon meets Memoirs of a Geisha and there's a lot of truth in that. However,to me the book seemed more of a portrait of a woman's inner life. Kozaisho lives i [...]

    3. According to the blurb, “in the rich, dazzling, brutal world of 12th century Japan” the heroine “is trained in the ancient warrior arts of the samurai”. My first thought was: Is this Heian Japan, or alternate reality Japan? Because at the time, the samurai and their warrior arts were about as ancient as the Internet is ancient for us now.The problem with the Heian period is twofold: the little that was left, the little we know of that culture, is highly aristocratic, exclusive, and relev [...]

    4. I have a weakness for historical fiction set in Japan, and a great part of this is due to being spellbound by "Memoirs of a Geisha" at the age of 14 (too young to even really appreciate it!) It is fascinating enough to read about the courts and castles of Europe and England, but even more enthralling to visit the exoticism of China and Japan. "The Pillow Book of the Flower Samurai" is not a boring book. It follows the progress of Fifth Daughter, a poor, young farm girl, to Lady Kozaisho, wife of [...]

    5. In a lot of ways, this book reminded me of "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan" and "Memoirs of a Geisha". The story revolves around Kozaisho who was sold by her family as a young girl in exchange for land. She starts her new life as a dancing girl for the entertainment of her owner and his visitors. During this time, she comes to admire the samurai warriors whom she watches practice and is eventually tutored in their skills by a samurai named Akio. Kozaisho's talents in entertainment soon lead her [...]

    6. Enjoyed the way how each character developed especially Kozaisho. Not familiar with Japanese history but telling the story from the perspective of the defeated was refreshing. The concept of honor, samurai, loyalty and obedience portrayed in the story left a strong impact as well.

    7. I'm quite fascinated by Japanese culture so when I saw this book described as a cross between Memoirs of a Geisha and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon I was immediately curious. A pillow book is essentially a personal journal, named as the journal would be stored under the owners pillow where they slept. This story follows Kozaisho, who we are introduced to as fifth daughter while only a child and who we follow through her life as detailed by her pillow book.This book was highly interesting and I [...]

    8. Almost a 3, rather more a 2.5- but I was generous because of some beautiful passages. But it is overlong and too filled with martial minutia for my taste. The character development for different central characters was also uneven, IMHO. We know our heroine- but much got lost of the huge and complex family/power tribal/ city state feudal lords. Most of those are patchy considering the length of this book. To say this book was just about women's worth as a product to be sold or used- that was the [...]

    9. For a non-native of the land and culture, the author managed to depict the setting very well, down to the minor details and history as well. I had no expectations of this book but I was surprised at how invested I was at the very end. The were surprises, character development and an expanding plot. This is not a book for the whimsical or for happy endings, she takes you on a journey, of a young girl to fought to control the life that was prematurely snatched from her. Of sufferings, love, honour [...]

    10. An eye-opener in to how women and little girls were treated- and how 'priests' and everything they did in the name of religion was intertwined with corruption and abuse.

    11. I thoroughly enjoyed is book. It gives an interesting insight into life in 12th century Japan, as it's based upon the diaries found buried with bodies from that time. Highly recommended.

    12. The stereotypes and historical inaccuracies were unreal. I did not care for the writing style, which is ashame because this type of historical fiction is usually right up my ally. Maybe it would have worked better if it was written as a fantasy novel

    13. After Memoirs of Geisha this is the second book set in Japan that I have read. The story is set in 12th Century and transports the reader to the strict feudal Japanese rural society. Kozaisho, the Fifth Daughter of a farmer is sold off to protect the land. As she grows up midst of girls for recreation, clients, sex, she develops the skill of narrating stories to her male clients.She entertains her clients, learns the samurai art, becomes a warrior, a wife. Her life is exemplary of struggle, valo [...]

    14. I really enjoyed this book from Barbara Lazar. The idea of a female samurai and the 12th century Japan setting hooked me, along with the fact that the protagonist was simply given away when still a child. The author's descriptions of historical Japanese life were pretty detailed, and the prose was textured and vivid. I loved the main character, Kozaisho, and found myself rooting for her--she came up against many obstacles and endured many hardships, but such is the life for women throughout the [...]

    15. I'm honestly not sure where to start with this book. It is essentially the life story of a girl in 12th century Japan who starts in poverty, and is sold three different times throughout her life and ends up becoming a respected wife and samurai. It is both interesting and tedious at the same time, but part of the tedium comes from the all of the rituals and customs that must be carried out during this particular time in Japanese history. But, they are also interesting, as is the story in general [...]

    16. I thought that the writing style of this was interesting, the cultural aspect fascinating, and the overarching story to be refreshing and intriguing. However, something about the way the chapters were split into such small sections nagged at me, and at some points the description was so sparse that I felt like I was reading an outline rather than a story. Likewise, there sometimes felt like there were too many mini stories sprinkled throughout the main narrative- to the point that I had to fight [...]

    17. Wonderfully heroic tale of survival by shear will and adaptability. The contrast of the savagery and beauty of historical Japan is eloquently depicted through the life of an intelligent brave young girl through to womanhood. Now I would like to read a translation of the actual diaries which contradicts what historians have documented for centuries. Of course historians would never accept a peasant girl blossoming to such high society and to be so worthy.

    18. I give this book 3.5 stars therefore 3. The tale is somewhat predictable - done before (hence not 4, maybe i read too much japan themed fiction) but I love the traditional buddhist tales and frequent haikus. The descriptions are vivid, places, houses, appearances, food, costumes, armour, weapons and that is truly delightful. They seem to have way too many festivals!

    19. This incredible book is based on a diary of a young girl from an ordinary family in the12th century in Japan Her journey thru life is very difficult,but beautifully told by Barbara Lazar. During this time period many of the different tribes in Japan were at war with each other.A great insight in the everyday life of people in a very early time.

    20. (Actual rating- 2.5 stars) This book tells the story of Kozaisho, the fifth daughter of an impoverished farmer living in Japan in the Middle Ages. Kozaisho is chosen to be a concubine to a wealthy land owner, but also trains to be a samurai.I was not a huge fan of the book. I found the writing to be choppy at times, and I didn't care much about the characters.

    21. In some ways a wonderful, historically rich book. In other ways, just too long. And I don't mean in length. The ending also felt rushed. This doesn't even make sense writing this as a review, but I felt this way. It does make me want to read more books about Japanese history though.

    22. A glimpse into the culture of 12th century Japan. Filled with "mini stories/myths" that got a bit tedious. It's the story of one girl who keeps a diary or "pillow book" (kept under her pillow) which chronicles her life.

    23. Do you want to become a highly lauded sex worker in ancient Japan?! Well, have I got a book for you!The first, small part of the book was compelling. The restI had to keep asking myself, 'What book am I reading again?'

    24. 2.5 from me. It was enjoyable but in comparison not as strong as Memoirs of a Geisha or Lian Hearn's series for example. I enjoyed much of this story however did find some of the last half not as engaging(i.e. the endless search for Goro and some of the broad military storyline).

    25. Easy to get into! Very vivid descriptions of the harsh reality for woman in old century China. Loved this book and development of characters, would definitely recommend it to people who enjoy historic, fictional novels.

    26. This was quite engrossing although a little patchy and the ending was a bit rushed. Would love to know how historically accurate it was as it is such an interesting period and culture.

    27. I've learned about the wars, clans (Taira and Minamoto) and what life was like in 12th century Japan. A pretty good book.

    28. Amazingly written. I loved the characters and the vivid descriptions of the scenes throughout the book. It's a wonderful tale of survival, honor, dedication, and love. I fully recommend this book.

    29. I think this is a beatuiful and gripping novel. I highly recomend the book to the one who would fancy a bok about love, culture and loss.

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