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by William Dale Jennings

Category: History and Criticism
Subcategory: Fiction
Author: William Dale Jennings
ISBN: 0804834148
ISBN13: 978-0804834148
Language: English
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing (September 1, 2001)
Pages: 160
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A novel based on Zen mythology, this story is told with humour and irony, in the tradition of realistic Zen mysticism

A novel based on Zen mythology, this story is told with humour and irony, in the tradition of realistic Zen mysticism. It is the tale of Ronin, a masterless 12th-century samurai knight, who slashes his way up from the gutter to a position of wealth, honour, and status. Published by Thriftbooks. com User, 13 years ago. I first read this story back in high school and had nearly forgotten it. I came across a quote from the story in an old file and discovered the book could still be acquired. The quote: "When life is more terrible than death, then it is the truest valor to dare to live.

William Jennings is a retired high school history teacher and volunteer at the Interpretation Department of Mystic Seaport

William Jennings is a retired high school history teacher and volunteer at the Interpretation Department of Mystic Seaport. He is a member of the Rhode Island Historical Society and the Blackstone Valley Historical Society. He authored the article Coming to America: Immigration and the Fabre Line.

This was a pretty good story but please remember that it is based on a Zen myth and therefore the ending is typical of a Zen myth.

Only 19 left in stock (more on the way). Although sparely worded and short by most novel standards, there is depth of thought in the story that makes you spend lots of time pondering the nature of life, mankind, ambition, love, vengeance and most of all self delusion. The only complaint I have about this book is that I keep loaning it to people and never getting it back. This was a pretty good story but please remember that it is based on a Zen myth and therefore the ending is typical of a Zen myth. One bad thing about this book is absolutely cannot decide what time period it takes place in.

The Ronin by William Dale Jennings is an amazing novel based on a Zen myth, and our books are an. .William Dale Jennings (October 21, 1917 – May 11, 2000) was an American LGBT rights activist, playwright, and author. He was a pioneer for gay rights and an amazing author.

The Ronin by William Dale Jennings is an amazing novel based on a Zen myth, and our books are an adaptation of this novel. The story as a whole is told out of sequence, and from many different perspectives. We start with the Ronin and follow him as he terrorizes every town and village he visits with little resistance and seemingly zero consequences.

Written by. William Dale Jennings. Manufacturer: Tuttle Publishing Release date: 13 September 2001 ISBN-10 : 0804834148 ISBN-13: 9780804834148.

The Ronin A Novel Based on a Zen Myth.

Author of The cowboys, The Ronin (Tuttle Classics of Japanese Literature), The sinking of the Sarah Diamond, The Ronin; A Novel Based on a Zen Myth, The . The Ronin (Tuttle Classics of Japanese Literature)

Author of The cowboys, The Ronin (Tuttle Classics of Japanese Literature), The sinking of the Sarah Diamond, The Ronin; A Novel Based on a Zen Myth, The Ronin, The cowboys. The Ronin (Tuttle Classics of Japanese Literature). The sinking of the Sarah Diamond. The Ronin; A Novel Based on a Zen Myth.

A heartless savage, the Ronin, or "wandering samurai," slashes .is way up from the gutter to wealth, honor and status. In spite of his crime sand bloodthirsty cruelty, he bears the strange mark of destiny that the wise see and respect, even as he destroys them.

Jennings was born in Amarillo, Texas, the son of William Arthur .

Jennings was born in Amarillo, Texas, the son of William Arthur Jennings and Charlotte Sophia Knebel Jennings. After leaving ONE, Jennings wrote and published his first novel, The Ronin, retold from an ancient Buddhist story, followed by The Sinking of the Sarah Diamond. Another book, The Cowboys, based on a film treatment he sold to Warner Bros. caused considerable controversy among publishers due to its glimmers of homoeroticism. The Cowboys was made into a film in 1972, starring John Wayne.

"A thunderbolt, full of lightning and excitement, one you won't put down until its last extraordinary page." —The Japan TimesThe violence of twelfth-century Japan explodes in this half-legendary, half-true story of a violent man who becomes a folk hero. A heartless savage, the Ronin, or "wandering samurai," slashes his way up from the gutter to wealth, honor and status. In spite of his crime sand bloodthirsty cruelty, he bears the strange mark of destiny that the wise see and respect, even as he destroys them.Told with humor and irony, the tale ranges from the pleasantly colloquial to the brutally satiric, yet never relents in the Ronin's ruthless search for the truth. The storyteller hides nothing and speaks bluntly, yet this jewel-like tale shimmers with tantalizing riddles that will haunt the reader just as they haunted the Ronin. Sure to shock, confound and ultimately inspire readers,The Ronin is loosely based upon an ancient legend told to the author by the Zen Master Nyogen Senzaki.
Comments to eBook The Ronin: A Novel Based on a Zen Myth
melody of you
Not about Japan, not about samurai; all of that is just the superficial vehicle for revealing truths about human nature. You don't get to be a third person observer, either; you will see yourself. And you will cherish the book.

OR

and I suspect more likely, you will read a story about medieval Japan, and samurai, and like it or hate it.

Sorry, but a "useful" review in which I tell you whether you will like it or hate it is impossible. It depends on who you are, and I don't know you.
hardy
The biggest surprise of this book is that it has never been made into a movie. The author was a script writer who obviously had a deep understanding of Zen and human nature. He was black listed during the McCarthy era in Hollywood and seems to have written this book while he couldn't get work in Hollywood. This book is written in a spare, terse fashion that is almost like a screenplay.

I first encountered this book in `969-70 when it was required reading for people taking the karate class from Dr. David Krieger at the University of Hawaii. David sensei is a unique person. He worked as a reporter in Japan, He was one of the few people to defeat the fabled Chuck Norris in an open tournament and is now the head of the Nuclear Peace foundation, have grown and learned so much that he has transcended violence and the martial arts.

I have cherished this book for more than 40 years and require all of my senior karate students to read it. It is a classic heroes journey with a cocky young man rising to the heights and falling to the depths and then being pursued by a young man determined to avenge the death of his father and abduction of his mother. Although sparely worded and short by most novel standards, there is depth of thought in the story that makes you spend lots of time pondering the nature of life, mankind, ambition, love, vengeance and most of all self delusion.

The only complaint I have about this book is that I keep loaning it to people and never getting it back. That's understandable since it is the type of book you read and re-read.
Cordantrius
The story itself might have held my interest--had not the writing been so terrible. Anyone who values English prose, be warned! The writing here is abominable. The language strains continually after poetry and profundity, without ever attaining either. It feels like what a high school sophomore would write after reading half a book of DT Suzuki and a few Ferlinghetti poems. It's portentous, overwrought dreck.
Centrizius
I read this decades ago, and some scenes stuck with me so much that I hunted it down to read them again. On rereading, I now see things I missed before (like the inconsistent flow of years, depending on perspective); and overall, while it is (humanly) imperfect, I think it stands the test of time.
NI_Rak
This was a pretty good story but please remember that it is based on a Zen myth and therefore the ending is typical of a Zen myth. One bad thing about this book is absolutely cannot decide what time period it takes place in. At many places it talks about things that make you think it is set in the late 12th century, like when it speaks of "the rout of the Minamoto". However later in the book it makes an allusion to a story concerning Ieyasu which mean it has to take place after the year 1600 at least. Also some things that it refers to were not around in the 12th century. Some of that is normal with English speaking authors writing stories of Japan as they are trying to appeal to the masses and therefore often talk about Noh theatre, or warriors carrying katana when these things were not around yet. But this book pushes it a little for the someone like me a hardcore Japanese history and culture buff. All in all though it is a good story and worth a read since it a short book.
Felolv
This book should be required reading for any person who seeks to master the craft of life. Set against a brutal and unforgiving landscape of bloodshed, sacrifice, and purpose - the tale contains priceless lessons.
Mananara
I've purchased and given away many copies of this book over the years , small book with a huge impact .Amazon made it so easy for me to get a half dozen more copies
I have read this a number of times . I needed a new copy.
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