The Legend of Genji – A Novel Review of Book One in The Legend of Genji Trilogy
“The Art of War” is the first in a trilogy, following “Ai-San”, “The Legend of Genji”The Great Dictator”. I Takeuchi has said that this trilogy is aimed at “the people who are interested in history, in social issues, in philosophy and in life’s big questions”.
I found myself reading this book in order to understand the context of the series and why I should not be looking to the future of the story, but instead, I should be looking towards the present. And that’s exactly what I was trying to do.
The first chapter covers the events in the first war between Japan and Russia. This war is a great subject for the trilogy, as Japan is faced with a new challenge and in this war, we get some important information about Russia’s tactics. It also provides us with a glimpse into how the Japanese leadership, especially Emperor Hirohito, felt about the war.
Two of the main characters, Genji and Shimura, are key to the success of the book. Genji is the young samurai that falls in love with the beautiful and strong Shimura. Genji is also an important character for us to learn about his thoughts and feelings, which help us understand why he does the things he does.
However, he is also a character that causes us to question his choices and beliefs. For instance, we learn that Genji is deeply committed to the idea of the Samurai Code, and that his commitment comes from the fact that he believes it is a religion that cannot be changed. On the other hand, when we read about Shimura’s life, we see that he has changed his way of life and beliefs, and has become a Buddhist priest.
The last chapters of the book deal with the end of the war. At the end of the book, it appears that Japan has won the war and is now faced with its own internal problems, which are the result of the war, as well as the destruction caused by the Russians.
But, of course, there is still a lot of unanswered questions regarding these events. As I have stated before, these chapters are extremely interesting to read, and they provide us with some great insight into the mindset of the Japanese leaders, as well as the Japanese people themselves. These chapters also give us some insights into the social history and political situation in Japan during the war.
For me, however, the greatest part of the trilogy comes from the characters themselves. Because of their backgrounds, we can get a much closer picture of what it was like to live in the past, and how it was possible for humans to move forward.
For example, we learn about Genji’s mother, the great grandmother of Genji’s brother, who is killed during the war. We find out about how Genji lost his beloved father, and how his relationship with his father helped him to survive and come to the decision to follow the samurai code. In fact, Genji even learns about his family background and how the war helped shape him into the man that he is today.