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Musishi is a great swordsman -- not a good writer,
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Book of Five Rings (Taschenbuch)
With much anticipation I ordered this book. I had read some good things about it and was glad to finally have it in my hands. However, I was quickly disappointed with what it conatined. It's literally a book about his sword fighting belief/school. If that is what you want then that is what you'll get. I wanted more of a philosophical read with Zen gems but I found only one or two (not even memorable). For the philosophically inclined, I highly Recomend Takuan's "Unfettered Mind" -- it's three letters from a Zen master to a Sword Master. If you are interested in Zen aspects of the princiapals and techniques of sword fighting this is for you. I have only read the first letter and am eager to read the other two. This is one you will want to re-read. As for my Book of Five Rings, I gave it to an friend in case he may find something in it I did not. I am studying Kendo (Japanese fencing) and will start Iado (the Samurai art of drawing the sword and killing your opponent in one move)and have been practicing Zazen (Zen meiditation)... so I think I know a good book about Zen and the way of the sword a little more than your average layman. Trust me on this one.