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  • Stranger in the Shogun's City

  • A Japanese Woman and Her World
  • 著者: Amy Stanley
  • ナレーター: Joy Osmanski
  • 再生時間: 10 時間 1 分
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  • カテゴリー: 歴史, アジア
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Winner of the 2020 National Book Critics Circle Award

Winner of the PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography

A vivid, deeply researched work of history that explores the life of an unconventional woman during the first half of the 19th century in Edo - the city that would become Tokyo - and a portrait of a great city on the brink of a momentous encounter with the West.

The daughter of a Buddhist priest, Tsuneno was born in a rural Japanese village and was expected to live a traditional life much like her mother’s. But after three divorces - and a temperament much too strong-willed for her family’s approval - she ran away to make a life for herself in one of the largest cities in the world: Edo, a bustling metropolis at its peak.

With Tsuneno as our guide, we experience the drama and excitement of Edo just prior to the arrival of American Commodore Perry’s fleet, which transformed Japan. During this pivotal moment in Japanese history, Tsuneno bounces from tenement to tenement, marries a masterless samurai, and eventually enters the service of a famous city magistrate. Tsuneno’s life provides a window into 19th-century Japanese culture - and a rare view of an extraordinary woman who sacrificed her family and her reputation to make a new life for herself, in defiance of social conventions.

Immersive and fascinating, Stranger in the Shogun’s City is a revelatory work of history, layered with rich detail and delivered with beautiful prose, about the life of a woman, a city, and a culture.

©2020 Amy Stanley. All rights reserved. (P)2020 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Lovely microhistory

In the dusty letters of a servant woman which she discovered in an archive, Stanley uncovers a gripping, emotional microhistory. She reads aggressively and convincingly against the ideological grain of the letters she uncovered, showing that Tsuneno was not a disobedient and problematic daughter as her relatives saw her, but a strong-willed woman willing to work as hard as she could to lighten the burden on her family and make a life that she could call her own in Edo. If you already know early modern Japan you will find that the text is a bit padded with generic information, but some of the context is eye-opening and the underlying microhistory packs an emotional punch.

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  • 2021/07/01

Excellent Read

This is a thoroughly researched piece of historical writing that is delightful to read/listen to. Tying history to one woman’s journey is an ingenious conceit that works extremely well here. Brilliant and beautifully rendered!

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Makes the past come alive!

As a professional tour guide specializing in Japan, I so appreciate the vivid details of everday 19th century Japanese life rendered thoughtfully and relatable. Bravo!

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Learn about the Japan you never knew existed.

Wonderfully evocative of the Edo period and beyond in Japan. using archived documents, the author reveals the world of a woman who broke rules in order to live her own life.