Tokyo Bay

Tokyo Bay : A Novel of Japan

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A thrilling novel of the West's first journeys to Japan from "a master storyteller" and theacclaimed author of Saigon and Peking (The Kansas City Star).

A fleet of ships billowing black smoke steam past Japan's tributary islands in July 1853, setting off panic among a people who have been sealed off from the rest of the world for over two hundred years. Commodore Matthew Perry has arrived, sent by the US president to open Japan to American ships and trade-by force, if necessary.

Navy lieutenant Robert Eden, an idealistic New Englander, immediately recognizes that the colonial intentions of his countrymen will ignite a violent conflict with the feudal, sword-wielding samurai. Inspired to pursue peace, he jumps ship and finds himself plunged into a world of frightful and noble warriors, artfully exotic geishas, and a distraught populace who view the Americans as monsters.

Eden tries to bridge the divide between two proud, unyielding cultures in the name of morality, but he may not survive to see the lasting harmony he hopes to create.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 491 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 22.35mm | 498.95g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1504049233
  • 9781504049238
  • 2,096,115

Review quote

"The historical panorama is told through people compellingly, with the potent gift of the storyteller, which keeps the reader tensely turning the pages. . . . The characters are three-dimensional, vivid; the aura of old Japan as strong and filmic as a `No' drama, the love scenes as delicate, sensual and erotic as woodblock by Hokusai." -Eastern Daily Press

"[Grey] has hit upon a winning formula for historical novels that rest on solid research and are painstakingly balanced." -The Japan Times

Praise for Saigon
"This superb novel could well be the War and Peace of our age." -San Francisco Chronicle

"A long overdue epic masterpiece of twentieth century Vietnam." -Library Journal
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About Anthony Grey

Anthony Grey became a foreign correspondent with Reuters after beginning his career in journalism in Norfolk, England, where he was born and educated. He reported on the Cold War from East Berlin, Prague, Warsaw, Budapest, Sofia, and Bucharest for two years before being assigned to China to cover the Cultural Revolution. There, his imprisonment by Red Guards in a house beside the historic Forbidden City of China's emperors attracted worldwide headlines for over two years. After his release, he was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to journalism, and was named UK Journalist of the Year. He has gone on to become a radio and television broadcaster, bestselling historical novelist, independent publisher, and frequent public speaker.
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145 ratings
3.6 out of 5 stars
5 18% (26)
4 39% (57)
3 31% (45)
2 8% (12)
1 3% (5)
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