Author: John Allyn
Last Read: January 2014
Quick Summary: A retelling of the tale of the 47 Ronin. The samurai of Lord Asano spend months planning revenge for their disgraced master, who had been ordered to commit seppuku. This story covers the downfall of Lord Asano, the disbandment of the samurai, the life led in the interim, and the long, careful planning spent to bring about their revenge.
Please don't judge this novel by the movie - this is a much more realistic retelling of the tale of this historical legend.
The path of honor was easy to follow when it was easy to see.
When there were conflicts between choice of action, such as Hara had raised, the solutions could not be expected to satisfy everyone.
“You see,” he went on, “some people live all their lives without knowing which path is right. They’re buffeted by this wind or that and never really know where they’re going. That’s largely the fate of the commoners—those who have no choice over their destiny. For those of us born as samurai, life is something else. We know the path of duty and we follow it without question.”
Remember, there’s sacrifice involved in any kind of life. Even the man who chooses the safe way has to give up the thrill of combat. The point is that once you know what you want, you must be prepared to sacrifice everything to get.
In the end this was all that mattered, for a man will only be as long as his life but his name will be for all time.