The Seventh Samurai

The Seventh Samurai

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The Last Samurai is one of the most original first novels to appear in many years. A brilliant and moving epic, it charts the adventure of a little boy who goes in search of his father.Sibylla, an American living in London, is raising her son Ludo, age 6, who has the peculiar misfortune to be a genius. Ludo reads the Odyssey in the original (causing raised eyebrows on the Tube), teaches himself Hebrew, Arabic and Icelandic in order to read the great epics of world literature and pleads with his mother to teach him Japanese. Like his mother, Ludo is a Kurosawa fan, watching the Last Samurai over and over again, memorizing the dialogue and reflecting on the Samurai code. When Ludo decides to search out his true father he approaches a number of eminent men and tests their Samurai mettle. Each of the men, prominent and powerful in their own way, has to rise to a unique challenge.An intellectual tour-de-force, playful, multi-layered but wonderfully readable, The Last Samurai is full of stories of remarkable exploits, tables of Japanese grammar, snatches of Greek poetry, passages of Icelandic legend and ingenious maths problems. But it also has a rare emotional depth, as the little boy's search for a father, or even a man heroic enough to be his father, gradually reveals a new and unexpected dimension of love. And at the book's heart is a relationship, that between Sibylla and Ludo, which is moving and oddly memorable in its fusion of solidarity, frustration and tenderness.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 530 pages
  • 166 x 238 x 44mm | 898.13g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0786866683
  • 9780786866687
  • 2,420,358

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