The Tokaido Road

The Tokaido Road : A Novel of Feudal Japan

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After the execution of her father, the young and beautiful Lady Asano is in grave danger from the powerful Lord Kira. In order to save herself Asano must find Oishi, the leader of the fighting men of her clan. She believes he is three hundred miles to the southwest in the imperial city of Kyoto.
Disguising her loveliness in the humble garments of a traveling priest, and calling herself Cat, Lady Asano travels the fabled Tokaido Road. Her only tools are her quick wits, her samurai training, and her deadly, six foot-long naginata. And she will need them all, for a ronin has been hired to pursue her, a mysterious man who will play a role in Cat's drama that neither could have ever imagined. . . .
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Product details

  • Paperback | 513 pages
  • 150 x 229 x 36mm | 771g
  • Tor Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0765305208
  • 9780765305206
  • 409,748

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"Spectacular, captivating, and transporting." --Cosmopolitan on The Tokaido Road

"Intoxicating . . . Recreates the colorful people, stunning landscapes and arcane customs of feudal Japan . . . Robson keeps the story moving deftly through the separate worlds of cortesans, warriors, priests, peasants, poets, and actors, with an eye for the complex rules that govern them all." --San Francisco Chronicle on The Tokaido Road

"Rivals James Clavell's Shogun. . . . Robson delights us . . . She revels in the language and reveals the Japanese as a poetic, witty people." --The Washington Post Book World on The Tokaido Road

"Breathtaking . . . Intriguing . . . It reminds us that the Japenese regard eroticism as an art, a skill as cultivated as flower arranging and pouring tea." --Boston Sunday Herald on The Tokaido Road

"A riveting tale of revenge and adventure . . . Captivating . . . Meticulously researched. The colorful, complex traditions and culture of feudal Japan are detailed and provide a backdrop for a memorable tale of family honor lost and regained." --The Pittsburgh Press on The Tokaido Road
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About Lucia St Clair Robson

Lucia St. Clair Robson was born in Baltimore, Maryland and raised in South Florida. She has been a Peace Corps volunteer in Venezuela and a teacher in Brooklyn, New York. She has also lived in Japan, South Carolina and southern Arizona. After earning her master's degree in Library Science at Florida State University, she worked as a public librarian in Annapolis, Maryland. She lives near Annapolis in a wooded community on the Severn River. The Western Writers of America awarded her first book, Ride the Wind, the Golden Spur for best historical western of 1982 and it also made the New York Times Best Seller List.
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Rating details

889 ratings
4.11 out of 5 stars
5 42% (373)
4 35% (307)
3 18% (162)
2 3% (28)
1 2% (19)
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