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FREE DOWNLOAD Ý The Lone Samurai The Life of Miyamoto Musashi æ The Lone Samurai is a landmark biography of Miyamoto Musashi the legendary Japanese figure known throughout the world as a master swordsman spiritual seeker and author of The Book of Five Rings With a compassionate yet critical eye William Scott Wilson delvAy as they were in his times Musashi found peace and spiritual reward in seeking to perfect his chosen Way and came to realize that perfecting a single Way no matter the path could lead to fulfillme. A very interesting character a skilled undefeated warrior and a gifted artist at the same time The book takes you to a different time 17th century Japan and follows the life of Miyamoto Musashi from the time he left home until his death The author also talks about Musashi's book The Book of Five Rings

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The Lone Samurai is a landmark biography of Miyamoto Musashi the legendary Japanese figure known throughout the world as a master swordsman spiritual seeker and author of The Book of Five Rings With. 35 stars This tells the story of perhaps the most skilled and certainly the most famous of the samurai swordsmen of the Edo period in Japan Known for having fought at the battle of Sekigahara which brought the Tokugawa Shogunate to power and never losing one of the sixty duels he was said to have undertaken Musashi has become a legend Surprisingly he was a ronin a masterless samurai and even a shugyosha or itinerant wandering swordsman as opposed to the perhaps popularly imagined established warrior affiliated with or even leading a famous clan or house; thus the book’s title of “The Lone Samurai” I find it intriguing that one of the greatest heroes of a culture that seems to have enshrined the values of obedience to one’s lord even to the point of death and compliance to the s of society upon which one’s honour is based is a man who appears to have been something of an individualist and a loner a man intent on making his own way regardless of the opinions of others or even uite often the social standards of his day Indeed despite being born into a culture based on influence and patronage Musashi stands out as a man who claimed to have no teacher in the various Ways he pursued and he was not only a swordsman but also an artist metallurgist and perhaps even a Zen master Is this the height of self aggrandizing arrogance or merely astonishing talent and individualism It is perhaps because of this that Musashi can be seen as “the ultimate outsider” despite his cordial relationships with several high ranking daimyoThere is certainly something of hero worship in this narrative of Musashi’s life though one must admit that he seems to have been a figure of immense talent and drive On the one hand the author’s research has obviously been extensive and his knowledge of the culture and era is impressive Wilson has done his best to stick to the facts as many as are known anyway and present a historically accurate version of a life that has subseuently become shrouded in myth and legend On the other hand I did sometimes find myself shaking my head at his penchant for attributing to Musashi specific thoughts and feelings declaring what Musashi “must have thought” or “must have felt” based on for example his own interpretation of the swordsman’s ink paintings or using a passage from Musashi’s writings to go on and imagine a hypothetical conversation the swordsman may have had with a famous daimyo or Buddhist monk of his acuaintance One gets the impression that he is so close to his subject that he feels he has gained an intuitive insight into Musashi’s character based on what I think can be fairly called circumstantial evidence This being said though I can’t wholly blame him for indulging in such speculationsIn addition to providing an informative framework for Musashi’s life the book also gave me some insight into some of the foundations of Musashi’s thoughts on the martial arts Psychology knowing and exploiting one’s enemy and fluidity of thought and movement appear to have been keys to Musashi’s Way of the Sword His teachings appear to promote individuality in his students as opposed to slavish emulation of a ‘perfect style’ as is appropriate for such an apparent individualist One must not be beholden to a particular style stance or weapon but be open to whatever proves necessary to be able to respond to events as they unfold There are no secret stances thrusts or movements in Musashi’s work and one becomes a master of the sword primarily through rigorous practice keen observation and openness to any circumstance that may occurAfter the main portion of the text detailing Musashi’s life and thought is complete the remainder of the book and a significant portion is taken up by the appendices These cover the various developments of the story of Musashi in Japanese culture both traditional and popular from kabuki and bunraku drama to novels movies and manga; the possible influences on his famous work on the way of the sword The Book of Five Rings from other sources such as Sun Tzu The Mysterious Record of Immovable Wisdom a contemporary work that examines the connections between martial arts and the philosophy of Zen by the Zen Buddhist monk Takuan Soho and the famous swordsman Yagyu Munenori’s martial arts manual The Life Giving Sword There is also an exhaustive list of the movies based on Musashi’s lifeAll in all I’d say this is a great place to start for a look at the ‘real’ life of the legendary swordsman Miyamoto Musashi especially after you have thrilled to his fanciful though perhaps not any exceptional adventures in Eiji Yoshikawa’s Musashi or Takehiko Inoue’s Vagabond

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The Lone Samurai The Life of Miyamoto MusashiA compassionate yet critical eye William Scott Wilson delves into the workings of Musashi's mind as the iconoclastic samurai wrestled with philosophical and spiritual ideas that are as relevant tod. Miyamoto Mushashi Japanese kensai sword saint definitely one of the greatest swordsmen of all time During his first 30 or so years he fought in over 60 duels loosing none He also took part in 4 major battles In his later years he took up painting sculpting even writing his classic The Book Of Five Rings is still in wide use today He eventually died in his 60s of old ageBut perhaps the most impressive fact is that he did this all as a masterless wandering swordsman shugyosha In medieval Japan with it's rigid social structure Musashi managed to live his entire life as a free man occasionally accepting guest status under a lord but nothing The author who is the one responsible for translating Hagakure into English not only tells the tale of Miyamoto Musashi but takes time to tell the other side when there are alternate accounts of the same event He also goes into great detail on the artists and monks that Musashi met during his lifetime and speculates on meetings that probably happened but were not documentedAs an added bonus the book also includes an extensive chapter on dramatic work about the life of Musashi not just films but Kabuki theater and the like