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The Last Concubine

Japan 1861 Sachi is een heel eenvoudig elfjarig meisje maar ze weet dat ze andersis dan anderen haar lichte huidskleur en verfijnde gelaatstrekken onderscheiden haar van haar familie en vrienden op het Japanse platteland Op weg naar haar huwelijk met de jonge keizer van Japan I read many favourable reviews about this bookand many of them were gushing with praise for it A Japanese “Gone with the wind” With a gorgeous cover Can you imagine I was so eager to get this book in my hands?The plot boils down to this Sachi is a peasant girl who is adopted by a princessThe princess is going to be the shoguns wife Sachi grows up in the Edo castle and learns the strict protocol of the castle and using a halberd The heroine becomes noticed by the shogun and becomes his concubine Cue one creepy sex scene first time neverthelesspoor girland some bawdy jokes about picking mushrooms by some older womenAnd then we have the shogun unexpectedly dyingadding to the unrest of the landWar breaks out and Sachi and a handmaiden flees the castleSachi posing as the princessThey met up with some ronin samurai and decide to travel with them After this I lost grip on the plotexcept for the love story between Sachi and one of the samurai What was his name again? And as for the editingFirst of all someone hand this author a book about synonymsThere is only so much repeating of words one can endure For example someones hair is described as “bushy” throughout the whole book and everyone seems to have “plump” lipsAnd the plot structure is lackingfeeling sketchy and not that well thought outthe same can be said for the characters up to and including our maincharacterFascinating history yes but it reads like a history book than a novel sometimesAnd even if I found the love story touching sometimesit didn’t have that extra oomph Like in the real “Gone with the wind”Just about readable If you are interested in the authors claim that there was no word for love in japanese culture up until the 19th Century Here is her take on it No sources though so I dont know

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Aan de orde van de dag zijn Maar belangrijker nog Kazu zal in de loop van de tijd Sachi aan haar echtgenoot kunnen aanbieden als concubine Zo waarborgt de prinses haar macht over haar echtgenoot en kan zij als ze daar behoefte aan heeft vermijden zelf het bed met hem te dele I wanted to like this book so bad but in the end it was only OK Sachi lacked depth as well as many of the other characters and I never really cared about them Downer shows that she has studied the history of Japan thoroughly and the history is good but the fiction story is not The whole thing about Sachi being a concubine's bastard child wasn't necessary and neither was Edwards who was portraited as being the greatest man of all at least in my opinion Sachi was a little to uick to like everything that happened On the side The history I want to read about Japan On the side lack of depth

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Komt prinses Kazu met haar gevolg door het boerendorpje waar Sachi woont Ze besluit het delicate meisje als haar bediende mee te nemen naar het vrouwenpaleis Zo zal Kazu een vertrouwelinghebben aan het hof waar naast hoofse etiuette en klassieke rituelen roddel en achterklap DNF It's a sad day when you realize what could be an amazing epic of Japanese history has no character development or motivation sigh I was really looking forward to reading about this time period in Japan but I discovered that the reviews warning people away were correct The prose is lovely but the story is dry because of the lack of development On to the next one


About the Author: Lesley Downer

second The Last Concubine was shortlisted for Romantic Novel of the Year and translated into languages The other two novels are The Courtesan and the Samurai and The Samurai’s Daughter My non fiction on Japan includes Geisha The Remarkable Truth Behind the Fiction and Madame Sadayakko The Geisha who Seduced the West I’m also a journalist and travel writer give lectures and teach Creative Writing at City University in London.



10 thoughts on “The Last Concubine

  1. says:

    I read many favourable reviews about this bookand many of them were gushing with praise for it A Japanese “Gone with the wind” With a gorgeous cover Can you imagine I was so eager to get this book in my hands?The plot boils down to this Sachi is a peasant girl who is adopted by a princessThe princess is going to be the shoguns wife Sachi grows up in the Edo castle and learns the strict protocol of the castle and using a halberd The heroine becomes noticed by the shogun and becomes his concubine Cue one creepy sex scene first time neverthelesspoor girland some bawdy jokes about picking mushrooms by some older womenAnd then we have the shogun unexpectedly dyingadding to the unrest of the landWar breaks out and Sachi and a handmaiden flees the castleSachi posing as the princessThey met up with some ronin samurai and decide to travel with them After this I lost grip on the plotexcept for the love story between Sachi and one of the samurai What was his name again? And as for the editingFirst of all someone hand this author a book about synonymsThere is only so much repeating of words one can endure For example someones hair is described as “bushy” throughout the whole book and everyone seems to have “plump” lipsAnd the plot structure is lackingfeeling sketchy and not that well thought outthe same can be said for the characters up to and including our maincharacterFascinating history yes but it reads like a history book than a novel sometimesAnd even if I found the love story touching sometimesit didn’t have that extra oomph Like in the real “Gone with the wind”Just about readable If you are interested in the authors claim that there was no word for love in japanese culture up until the 19th Century Here is her take on it No sources though so I dont know


  2. says:

    I was looking forward to reading this very much well maybe that´s because I was sooo disappointed The story is just too unbelievable for me compare it to the shock of the very first line of acknowledgements in Golden´s Memoirs of a Geisha How come the shogun chose her? I had the impression the things just happened without any explanation motivation or background given Well maybe I would find out if I finished the bood which I didn´t Mostly when I don´t like a book I read it to the end just for the education of it reading in English and to see what comes out how the story ends This time I wasn´t interested even the slightest bit Even the narrating style was not very catching for me When I read the comparison of pain like knife turning in her stomachguts for about the third or fifth time I really had enough of it


  3. says:

    While Japan is teetering on the edge of civil war Sachi becomes concubine to the last shogun of Edo Tokyo but her life is soon to change when the old ways are swept away forever Sachi flees from the castle where she has lived a pampered life and finds herself on the run with her trusted friend Taki As traditional values break down the roads are a treacherous place to be and Sachi soon finds herself in danger She is rescued by a young ronin warrior with whom she soon falls in love but the future is unsettled for both of them A fascinating and detailed look at a culture that no longer exists It has certainly made me curious about the history of feudal Japan


  4. says:

    I was just browsing through the library scanning book titles when this caught my eye At first I have to admit I judged it on it's cover and title but when I finished I realized that I had just randomly stumbled upon one of the best written books I have ever read It so well describes the ways of Japan in that time period and I'm going to read it again


  5. says:

    DNF It's a sad day when you realize what could be an amazing epic of Japanese history has no character development or motivation sigh I was really looking forward to reading about this time period in Japan but I discovered that the reviews warning people away were correct The prose is lovely but the story is dry because of the lack of development On to the next one


  6. says:

    looks like i've come to enjoy narratives about remote locations and cultural beliefs and practices so divergent with the common pool of Euro American resources


  7. says:

    A very engrossing novel Set in 1860s Japan during the time of the Meiji Restoration and the years leading up to itSachi grows up in a mountain village rural Japan Her pale skin and fine features have always set her apart and made her feel different At the age of eleven the procession of the Imperial Princess sweeps up her up from her home to the woman's palace at the Imperial capital of Edo where she is before too long chosen as the concubine of the young Shogun after he sees and her and is smittenDeadly female rivalries from people as diverse as Fuyu who was her contemporary when she joined the palace and the powerful mother of the Shogun the retired one make for distress and danger But after the death of the young Shogun from what is billed consumption but is certainly poisoning civil war caused by rebellion by guerrillas from the south and the destruction of the palace at Edo force her to flee the palace find love with a dashing Samurai return for a short while to her native village and discover her true parentageMany brushes with death at the hands of the southern rebels bandits and other desperadoes which she survives in part due to her own skill she develops as a Samurai and a close company of heroes including her close friend the loyal and aristocratic born Taki The sights sounds feeling and smells of the Japan of the time are brought to life from the cherry blossoms of the palace gardens to the stinking rank breath of a degenerate old bandit that tries to rape her unaware of her skill with a knifeThe author uses her knowledge of the Japan of the time to create a romance and adventure and her love and understanding of Japan shines throughout I love books with strong and beautiful female leads and really could get under the skin of Sachi and root for her Highly recommended especially if you like books like Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden A must for all Japanophiles


  8. says:

    Was disappointed with this book The main problem was the blurb on the back it gives you the entire tale bar the last chapter or so and even that wasn't too hard to guess The implication of the blurb is that girl meets boy fairly uickly and once you realise that's not the case it's very hard to continue It takes the entire book for the main character to meet her 'true' love by which time she's been painted as a sap without much of a backbone If it hadn't been for my love of all things Japanese then I would have stopped reading Was a fairly big struggle to finish as it wasThe characters were ok the descriptions and explanations of Japanese culture at the time better but overall it's a flop for me Didn't grasp me and took far too long for the two main characters to meet and fall in love by which point the author must have realised there was a deadline and rounded everything up uickly Could have been so much


  9. says:

    I wanted to like this book so bad but in the end it was only OK Sachi lacked depth as well as many of the other characters and I never really cared about them Downer shows that she has studied the history of Japan thoroughly and the history is good but the fiction story is not The whole thing about Sachi being a concubine's bastard child wasn't necessary and neither was Edwards who was portraited as being the greatest man of all at least in my opinion Sachi was a little to uick to like everything that happened On the side The history I want to read about Japan On the side lack of depth


  10. says:

    The part that deals with the woman's palace is interesting but the author constantly uses the same descriptions etc for characters almost every time throughout the book This gets tedious and frankly laughable after a while Not too bad as a story though


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