There’s a good reason why Shogun is widely considered one of the best novels of all time. It’s just one of those books that you wish would never end.
While it’s technically historical fiction, it really nails the fiction part. It’s not a mediocre story that tries to dazzle you with historical details.
Shogun follows the adventures of a shipwrecked English sailor in medieval Japan, John Blackthorne, who will introduce the country to the 17th century. The story is about so much more, though.
It’s a masterful tale of war, deception, “lost cause” heroism, and forbidden love, and it gives you an incredibly vivid insight into the fascinating era in Japanese history when the country was being conquered (er, united) by a powerful shogun named Tokugawa Ieyasu (Toranaga in the book).
It’s hard to summarize everything this book is in just a few paragraphs. You need to just experience it to understand.