Shōgun by James Clavell

1152 pages first pub 1975 (editions)

fiction classics historical adventurous slow-paced
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After Englishman John Blackthorne is lost at sea, he awakens in a place few Europeans know of and even fewer have seen--Nippon. Thrust into the closed society that is seventeenth-century Japan, a land where the line between life and death is razor...

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Community Reviews Summary of 5,341 reviews

Moods

adventurous 91%
tense 41%
informative 40%
challenging 33%
emotional 26%
dark 24%
reflective 23%
mysterious 16%
sad 15%
inspiring 10%
funny 6%
relaxing 2%
hopeful 1%

Pace

slow 54%
medium 40%
fast 4%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 59% | Character: 24% | Plot: 16%

Strong character development?

Yes: 86% | It's complicated: 8% | No: 4%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 53% | It's complicated: 34% | No: 11%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 80% | No: 9% | It's complicated: 8% | N/A: 1%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 54% | No: 23% | It's complicated: 18% | N/A: 3%

Average rating

4.23

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