- Hardcover: 128 pages
- Publisher: Tuttle Publishing (15 September 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0804831904
- ISBN-13: 978-0804831901
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.5 x 19 cm
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,76,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Code of the Samurai: A Modern Translation of the Bushido Shoshinshu of Taira Shigesuke Hardcover – 15 Sep 1999
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After reading it twice, I came to think that everything after the first chapter -- nay, after the first two paragraphs -- was mere repetition. This is because all the behaviors and philosophies the author recommends would be the natural consequence if one truly were to "keep death in mind at every possible moment."
The book is a series of short chapters like "Loyalty," "Finances," "Personal Appearance;" each describing the ideal behavior of an ideal samurai with respect to each.
I can't comment on the organization or skill of Cleary's translation, though, since I know of no other version of this book. However I am inclined to think it is adept, since the nature of the work suggests the original Japanese would be extremely stiff. This is not the case with the English.
1. Note that this is a thin book; you can read it in about an hour. I was expecting something much thicker, at least the size of THE UNFETTERED MIND, say.
2. Oscar Ratti's illustrations will be disappointing to those familiar with his work in SECRETS OF THE SAMURAI and AIKIDO: THE DYNAMIC SPHERE. There are only a handful of them, and that handful isn't very interesting.
3. The binding of this book came apart rather quickly, after just the first read. Perhaps just my copy, though.
4. Sadly, the introduction by Cleary is completely forgettable.