An explorer in seventeenth-century Japan, ambitious Englishman John Blackthorne encounters the powerful and power-hungry Lord Toranaga and the Catholic convert Lady Mariko when his ship is wrecked off the coast, leaving only him and a small number of the crew alive. A Pilot for his ship... read more
“I didn’t know if you wanted his head, or his head on his body seeing he was a barbarian, so I brought the body with the head still on.”
“How can a man be so brave and so stupid, so gentle and so cruel, so warming and so detestable – all at the same time?”
“We have a saying that time has no single measure, that time can be like frost or lightning or a tear or siege or storm or sunset, or even like a rock.”
“Why is it the female hawk, the falcon, is always bigger and faster and stronger than the male, always better than the male?”
“Listen, if you want peace you must learn to drink cha from an empty cup.”
“Of what real value is a title? The power is the only important thing”
“Only by living at the edge of death can you understand the indescribable joy of life”
“How beautiful life is and how sad! How fleeting, with no past and no future, only a limitless now.”
“I am responsible for me.”Mariko
“I expect no apology. You've your way, I've mine.”Blackthorne
Followed by Tai-Pan.
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