The Samurai's Tale

The Samurai s Tale In turbulent sixteenth century Japan orphaned Taro is taken in by a general who is serving the great warlord Takeda Shingen Taro grows up to become a samurai fighting for the enemies of his dead fami

  • Title: The Samurai's Tale
  • Author: Erik Christian Haugaard
  • ISBN: 9780395549704
  • Page: 184
  • Format: Paperback
  • In turbulent sixteenth century Japan, orphaned Taro is taken in by a general who is serving the great warlord Takeda Shingen Taro grows up to become a samurai fighting for the enemies of his dead family.

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    1. You know a story is going to be boring when it starts out with "How should I begin my story?" The plot was slow, the characters were difficult to keep straight, and the conflict was unconvincing. Yes, there were a few good parts, but they were few and far between. The one good thing I have to say is the love story was cute. I just found it difficult to get into this book. I only read it because I had to for school.

    2. This is pretty decent. I think I would have rather read actual accounts from the time period, but as a story this wasn't bad. I enjoyed it, at the very least.

    3. The Samurai's Tale follows the journey of a young boy named Taro, and how he eventually rises through the ranks and becomes a fully fledged samurai, under the Lord Takeda Shingen. I found Taro's saga to be deep and interesting, because even when he lost someone important to him, he met a new person, and when he made a friend, he would always apply that friend's lesson to every cruel battle or scenario he faced. Haugaard did an incredible job of setting the tone and time of the story, which takes [...]

    4. When reading a historical fiction novel, every aspect of the story is dependent on the way the author portrays the time period. This influences everything from character development to the plot. Throughout the book The Samurai’s Tale, Erik Haugaard portrays a the period of transitioning power in feudal Japan as a time of ambition and loyalty.This time period is primarily shown as a time of ambition, especially because it follows the journey of an ambitious young servant who wishes to reclaim h [...]

    5. I thought that "The Samurai's Tale" was a good book. In the beginning, the main characters parents were killed leaving him with nothing but a bamboo sword. This got me interested, wondering what was to come. Erik Christian Haugaard did a good job of adding suspense however and portraying the time period, but, he left me confused at some points. I think that in order to fully understand the book you must do some research. For example, when the author was talking about all the Lords, it got confus [...]

    6. I thought this book was really good. One of the main reasons I liked it was because it was about samurai and what they really were like. The one of the reasons I didn't rate it 5 stars was because they said that ninja were samurai when in real life they were not. The other one was that he worked so hard to become a samurai and in the end, he lost what he had worked all his life for! That kind of stunk. But now about the good things. I think the story was really good, how it followed him througho [...]

    7. Japanese in style, not just setting. Haugaard exercises economy of words taking us through the life of a young boy, spared in war, half-adopted by the noble slayers of his family. He matures in desire, humility, and status into a trusted Samurai. I am astonished sometimes by the incredible restraint of court culture and the binding loyalty of vassals and warlords. Contrasts are drawn between warlords who battle out of necessity and those overly-ambitious to expand their own power. Even then, con [...]

    8. This book is majorly underrated. I know people read it for school, so it's deemed: boring, but give it a chance! The Samurai's Tale begins slowly, though once the tension has built, it's like it spirals out of control and you lose yourself to the world of 'Taro'. You feel what he feels-love, loyalty, anguish- and see everything through a young samurai's eyes.4.5 stars- if only because the slow start. Don't put this book down unless you've gotten to page 100 and still think it's boring.

    9. The Samurai's Tale ReviewEvery once in a while, you will be lucky enough to find a book that is exciting, complex, astute, and filled with tension. Erik Christian Haugaard's 'The Samurai's Tale' is exactly that. The Samurai's Tale is a story set in medieval Japan. It tells the story of an orphaned son of a samurai, Tarok who as his family gets murdered, is spared and taken to be a slave in the household of Lord Takeda Shingen. He grows up there, slowly going from a cook to a stable-boy to a mess [...]

    10. Taro's family are all killed by invading soldiers, but the captain saves young Taro alive to be a servant. Taro vows to become a samurai, and regain the wealthy position his father once held. He begins as a lowly kitchen boy, but quickly is placed in higher positions of trust. He gains the respect of men in power and slowly rises in the ranks to follow his dream, but the shifting wars in Japan threaten to destroy everything he knows.I wasn't surprised that there is a lot of violence in this book [...]

    11. Tragedies, death, destruction, honor. These are all traits of the book The Samurai's Tale by Eric Christian Haugaard.The book starts with young Taro as he hides from Lord Akiyama's soldiers in an attempt to escape. The soldiers do find him, however, and bring him to Lord Akiyama. Akiyama decides to recruit him, and Taro meets Togan, a cook and wrestling fan, who teaches him to be a chef. One day Togan goes to see a wrestling match in a less friendly village and criticizes the wrestler. They get [...]

    12. They will kill us, your sister whispers as the soldiers approach. Imagine soldiers find you hiding and take you outside to show you the sight of your mother and your two brothers lieing on the ground lifelessly. The gore will make you tear up. Samurai's Tale, one of the finest books I have read. Samurai's tale leaves that suspicion while you're reading which makes you not want to put the book down. It talks about Taro who is hiding from soldiers and when he gets caught he luckily gets "adopted" [...]

    13. The beginning of the book was really good. I really like that Taro was adopted by the people who killed his father and thought it would set up for an interesting story and later helped him encounter one of his earlier enemies. However, after he has to move away from the kitchen following Togan’s death. He has to restart life and begins to work on his master’s horses creating a long span of nothing interesting happening that stretched far too long. Even as the main conflict begins he works on [...]

    14. The Samurai’s tale is the account of the beginning of the unification of Japan from the perspective of Taro, a young peasant who rises through the ranks of medieval Japan’s feudal system. Taro is orphaned when his Samurai father is defeated and his family is slaughtered by the warlord of the Takeda clan in Kai. His life is spared and he is raised by a couple different father figures, under the Takeda rule, as he works different jobs growing up. Taro becomes a peasant kitchen boy, stable boy, [...]

    15. Set in ancient Japan, Samurais Tale addresses the life of samurais and lords in Japan. Erik Haugaard uses his novel to show the process of becoming high ranks and how lords impacted each other. This was a time when all people cared about was there honor and what they were known as. Through his characters, readers begin to understand that people only care about their honor which leads to betrayal and dishonesty. Haugaard explores this through the characters of Taro and Lord Akiyama who are both r [...]

    16. I enjoyed reading this story to my son. The only thing that kept me from giving it 5 stars is the names in the book. This is a Japanese story and there are many characters from several different families so they have similar names. There are also numerous locations,also with Japanese names. I found all the different names,families,villages,castles difficult to follow and keep track of who was who. Who went with what family,where all the different settings were located and their importance,etc. T [...]

    17. A good picture of the history of the time period in Japan, samurai, and warring leaders. But pretty violent - head chopping, crucifixion, fighting. A good story - our hero's family is killed early on and her becomes a servant. Father figures and mentors along the way (relationships I enjoyed) to who he becomes. Not a samurai as I imagined, but maybe my ideas were wrong. Cute little romance as well. says this is for 10 years and up. With the violence, I would put it at 12, at least. (Carolyn is 1 [...]

    18. This book is about a young prince, that his parents were killed by Lord Takeda's army. His life was spared and went with them. Taro which is his name that they gave him, then becomes the servant of Lord Akiyama. There is where he met a cook named Togan, and teaches Taro a new way of living. Later on the story Togan is stabbed to death and Taro is left by himself. During this time of the story he learned new things, met knew people, and earned respect. Taro then decides to change by becoming a sa [...]

    19. The Samurai's Tale was an OK book. It's about a boy named Taro (who changes his name to Murakami) is the son of a dead samurai and is spoiled with all of his servants. However when Lord Takeda's sweep across the country side killing people they spare Taro and take him with them. He becomes a servant of Lord Akiyama and became his friend and a samurai. This book was interesting the first few chapters but got boring. It became hard to pay attention to and was confusing. I wasn't very impressed wit [...]

    20. This book is a very sad but inspirational book. I would only recommend this book to those who enjoy sad but uplifting books with some action. Which I am pretty sure to be a large number of people. This book has a little bit of everything. From Wars to a love story. Everyone should give this book a try because this book not only can bring entertainment it can also bring life lessons.

    21. i would like it more if it has more of the famous officer appear more on the history,it seemed surreal to me that Taro get higher in rank so quick he pasess another guy who was before he get to shingen take and be a servant.

    22. Intentionally got this book for the Baltimore County Reading Challenge May theme: "Read a book set in Asia" but got around to it a little too late. Still, this was a fun read that I wouldn't normally pick up that provided a classic adventure story of growth and learning with some cultural flavor.

    23. Erik Christian Haugaard and The Samurai’s Tale Taking place in 1500s of Japan when feudalism was the social caste,The Samurai’s Tale tells the reader about many social problems. It depicted social problems like oppression and war, Erik Haugaard applied oppression into the book by showing the force by shoguns and samurais. “The Samurai’s tale” told me beforehand of what the book might be about. It gave me the idea that the book is going to be about the journey of a boy becoming a man an [...]

    24. This book "The Samurai's Tale" really changed my perspective on Ancient China and the culture of the samurai. I learned so much about the life that samurai's had and what they did every day. I also learned about the culture in Ancient China, for example, marriages were arranged. I definitely recommend this book to people who love a little action/mystery and love to discover secrets of China back in time when there was dynasties.

    25. Rocco George The Samurai's Tale by Erik Christian Haugaard embarks the reader on a journey of a young boy Taro's journey to be a samurai during 16th Century Japan and in Japan's feudal age. Early in Taro's childhood his family is murdered by the powerful Lord Takeda and his soldiers. Born into a samurai family he was expected to be one by his father but it was taken from him. Lord Takeda spares him and lets him work in the household of Lord Akiyama and meets Togan, a cook who was the closest thi [...]

    26. **SPOILER** Taro is a very heroic and brave character in this book he was able to learn and make life much more bearable when he met Togan. and i could tell that Taro hold a big burden because of his parents death in the beginning of the story and when he sees his mom dead in a pool of blood i say this very important for him because this built up character for him which is important when samurai. plus taro was never really satisfied with being who he was and, therefore, was always changing and r [...]

    27. More reviews available at my blog, Beauty and the Bookworm.For my 2016 reading challenge, there was a category of "A book chosen for you by your spouse, partner, sibling, child, or BFF." This was the book my boyfriend chose for me to read. He really enjoyed it when he was younger, evidently, and it was a nice short title to help fill out the list, so it worked out pretty well for the category.The story revolves around Taro, a boy born as nobility in the Warring States period but reduced to the s [...]

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