Authors: Lucia St. Clair Robson
Tags: #Historical - Romance
“ROBSON DELIGHTS US
She revels in the language and reveals the Japanese as a poetic, witty people.”
The Washington Post Book World
“Engrossing . . . Re-creates the colorful people, stunning landscapes and arcane customs of feudal Japan . . . Robson keeps the story moving deftly through the separate worlds of courtesans, warriors, priests, peasants, poets and actors, with an eye to the complex rules that govern them all.”
“THE TLKAIDL ROAD has an authority of detail and atmosphere that can only come from careful, extensive research and a lively historical imagination. Cat is an intriguing character [and] many readers will enjoy following her travels.”
“Lucia St. Clair Robson, who has captured a loyal following with her American historical novels, now turns her considerable talents to an actual incident in Japan in this absorbing novel.... Robson has added her special creativity to her superbly detailed research and written an unforgettable novel.”
“CAPTIVATING AND TRANSPORTING ...
What is to us an unfamiliar world comes absolutely alive.”
“Excellent ... A fast-paced, rousing adventure tale skillfully interwoven with one of Japan’s great stories: the early eighteenth-century vendetta of the forty-seven
or masterless samurai. Robson is well informed about Japan and Japanese history and... she maintains a sound historical framework for her tale.”
Professor of Japanese History
“A grand tale for anyone with a fondness for rich adventures... A real gift to those who know and are continually intrigued by Japan, its people and their history ... THE TLKAIDL ROAD is replete with detail and colorful images that offer wonderful insights into the ways of ancient Japan. It is a skillfully woven tale that is captivating and thoroughly entertaining.”
‘THE TLKAIDL ROAD is an engrossing novel. Its main characters are complex and believable; its minor characters offer wonderful insights into feudal Japan. Most astonishing is Lucia St. Clair Robson’s grasp of detailed aspects of life in the early Tokugawa Period. A
backdrop to an
Eye of the Needle
suspense story. I read it in one sitting!”
President, The Asia Society
Cinnabar, A Chinese Mystery
EXTRAVAGANT, AND EXOTIC
SENSUAL FEAST . . .
A sweeping tale of vengeance, mystery, adventure, intrigue, and love set in early 18th century Japan ... Filled with a myriad of accurate and colorful historical details, THE TLKAIDL ROAD is a lush, picturesque read. Readers will feel as if they have been steeped in Japanese tradition, language, and poetry. ... Masterful.”
“A richly detailed saga ... The experience of the road, with its quixotic encounters, exquisite verbal images and vibrant sights, and sounds and smells, grows almost as significant as the journey’s goal—making this a charming, unusually memorable adventure. Earthy, humorous, lively—and a veritable encyclopedia of the ways of old Japan.”
The Kirkus Reviews
“Replete with hand-to-hand battles, rooftop chases, and perilous escapes, their adventures are also rich in details of customs, attire, ritual, and terrain, punctuated with poetry. This depiction of an era commands interest. Recommended.”
Also by Lucia St. Clair Robson
Published by Ballantine Books:
RIDE THE WIND
WALK IN MY SOUL
A NOVEL OF FEUDAL JAPAN
Lucia St. Clair Robson
BALLANTINE BOOKS • NEW YORK
Sale of this book without a front cover may be unauthorized. If this book is coverless, it may have been reported to the publisher as “unsold or destroyed” and neither the author nor the publisher may have received payment for it.
Copyright © 1991 by Lucia St. Clair Robson Maps copyright © 1991 by David Lindroth
All rights reserved under International and Pan-American Copyright Conventions. Published in the United States by Ballantine Books, a division of Random House, Inc., New York, and simultaneously in Canada by Random House of Canada Limited, Toronto.
Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 90-93213
Manufactured in the United States of America
First Hardcover Edition: March 1991
First Mass Market Edition: May 1992
For Brian, my companion on the Road.
I would like to thank Dr. Yoji Kondo for his advice in the writing of this story. His knowledge of the complexities of Japanese history and culture and of the vicissitudes of fiction were invaluable. If errors remain in the text, the author takes sole responsibility for them.
Friends in Japan have also encouraged, aided, and sheltered me while I researched the tale of the forty-seven
In 1970 the Nakatsu family of Iwakuni allowed me to live in the tea house in their enchanting garden where I could not help but fall under the spell of Japan. In twenty years, that spell has only grown stronger. Also in 1970, Shizuko Osaki, doll-making
extraordinaire, tried her best to steer this outlander through the intricacies of Japanese society. She’s been a true friend and mentor ever since and I owe her a special debt of gratitude.
In Otake, my old friend Masaaki Hirayama and his family took me into their home. Masaaki helped me find information and drove me to places hard to reach even on Japan’s marvelous rail system.
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