“To be truly happy, a man must forget the past and the future.”
Another fine foray in the history of medieval Japan seen through the lens of the fantastic.
“Every moment is a wonder, not something to be endured on the way to elsewhere.”
Heermann propels the reader into the culture and times of one of the greatest threats to Japanese independence and the forging of a sense of nationhood among the Japanese warrior class, who heretofore had focused themselves on maneuvering and fighting each other.
“One should not love anything in the world too much.”
Ken’ishi is western enough to be recognizable among American readers. He makes a good “everyman” reacting to but fantastic and historical elements of his story. This book’s macro-setting is the first Mongol invasion of Japan in 1274.
“Master oneself in all things.”
Few quibbles over style or details. All is presented in a way respectful to Japanese history and culture while incorporating fantastic elements which presumably the Japanese themselves would recognize.
“Life would be so much simpler without other people.”