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Young Samurai: The Way of the Warrior
"Young Samurai: The Way of the Warrior" by Chris Bradford is truly one of the best books that I have ever read. It has an unusual plot and theme that can really change the reader. The setting takes place in old Japan. Jack, the main character, is the son of an English sailor. When trying to find the Japans, they get bombarded by ninjas and only Jack survives. He is then rescued by Masamoto and is later adopted by Masamoto himself.
This book demonstrates the challenges of being different, for Jack doesn't know Japanese or anything of the Japans. He then has to deal with it by taking lessons. This is a good life lesson if you think about it since it is a comparison to our daily struggles of being different.
The message behind this book is a really good one. It explains that rectitude, courage, benevolence, respect, honor, honesty, and loyalty conquers all evils. Many people think that to win a fight or battle, blood must be shed. This book goes to show that that isn't true in most cases.
Another great thing about this book is the different events that happen. Bradford makes the book interesting by making many good and dramatic cliffhangers that keeps the reader turning the pages. The events are also unexpected and unusual. This makes the book so much better.
Finally, the book is based on factual information. Bradford must have done a lot of research to write this book. Everything that the book teaches you of Japanese etiquette, language, culture, etc. is true! This, for me, made it really good because as I'm reading a good action book, I am also learning about a different culture.
All of these things and more make "Young Samurai: The Way of the Warrior" by Chris Bradford a really great book.
Article posted May 11, 2011 at 10:20 PM •
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