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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Yoshikawa, Eiji, 1892-1962.
Tokyo ; New York : Kodansha International ; New York, NY : Distributed in the U.S. by Kodansha America, 1992
|Named Person:||Hideyoshi Toyotomi; Hideyoshi Toyotomi|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
吉川, 英治, 1892-1962. 吉川, 英治, ; Eiji Yoshikawa
|Notes:||Translation of: Shinsho Taikōki.|
|Description:||926 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.|
|Other Titles:||Shinsho Taikōki.|
|Responsibility:||Eiji Yoshikawa ; translated by William Scott Wilson.|
opposite pole is the cold, deliberate Ieyasu, wise in counsel, brave in battle, mature beyond his years. But the keystone of this triumvirate is the most memorable of all, Hideyoshi, who rises from the menial post of sandal bearer to become Taiko - absolute ruler of Japan in the Emperor's name. When Nobunaga emerges from obscurity by destroying an army ten times the size of his own, he allies himself with Ieyasu, whose province is weak but whose canniness and loyalty.
make him invaluable. Yet it is the scrawny, monkey-faced Hideyoshi - brash, impulsive, and utterly fearless - who becomes the unlikely savior of this ravaged land. Born the son of a farmer, he takes on the world with nothing but his bare hands and his wits, turning doubters into loyal servants, rivals into faithful friends, and enemies into allies. In all this he uses a piercing insight into human nature that unlocks castle gates, opens men's minds, and captures women's.
hearts. For Hideyoshi's passions are not limited to war and intrigue - his faithful wife, Nene, holds his love dear, even when she must share it; the chaste Oyu, sister of Hideyoshi's chief strategist, falls prey to his desires; and the seductive Chacha, whom he rescues from the fiery destruction of her father's castle, tempts his weakness. As recounted by Eiji Yoshikawa, author of the international best-seller Musashi, Taiko tells many stories: of the fury of Nobunaga.
and the fatal arrogance of the black-toothed Yoshimoto; of the pathetic downfall of the House of Takeda; how the scorned Mitsuhide betrayed his master; how once impregnable ramparts fell as their defenders died gloriously. Most of all, though, Taiko is the story of how one man transformed a nation through the force of his will and the depths of his humanity. Filled with scenes of pageantry and violence, acts of treachery and self-sacrifice, tenderness and savagery, Taiko.
combines the panoramic spectacle of a Kurosawa epic with a vivid evocation of feudal Japan.