My Self-Inflicted Reading Challenge
At Christmas time as I was scanning my bookshelves, I made a decision. James Clavelle was taking up about 12 inches with his epic series which includes Shogun, Tai Pai, Gai Jin, King Rat, Noble House and Whirlwind. It was time to try to make my way through his 6,000 pages OR pass the books on to someone who might be up to the challenge. I decided to go for it. I’ll read about 20 pages a day and see what happens.
By January 19th, I’d reached the half way point in Shogun. So far it’s felt like everyone has two or more faces: one as a gracious host (leader, samurai or consort) and an underlying voice of what they really thought about each situation and how they plan to gain control of others. The bloody battles amazed me; life in service to the current ruler often ended by a self-inflicted death. The background of many customs fascinated me so ‘ve kept turning the thin, slightly yellowed pages.
Now it’s March, 2019. I’m progressing well,amid the small print. I’m continually amazed at the details Clavelle includes. He’s a man worth investigating! (once I finish this book). Next up: Tai Pan where we jump ahead across a sizeable span of time.