Musashi by Eiji Yoshikawa

This is probably one of the longest books I’ve read in a long time and it’s also taken me a long time to finish. It’s taken me about a year if not longer. Life happens and I took extended breaks in between. With that being said, every time I did pick up the book and started reading, I immediately was sucked back into the story.

The book follows the life of Takezō who eventually takes the name Miyamoto Musashi. It doesn’t start off all the way back to his birth, but starts during his teenage years where he is at the battle of Sekigahara. At that time he was a very undisciplined young boy, but eventually becomes a man who searches for the Way through his sword.

That is just the gist, but the story takes many twists and turns. There is an overall love story in the background between him and Otsu, which is very complicated, there are good guys and bad guys, close calls, revenge, redemption, and much more. Everyone’s paths just keeping crossing one another and it all leads back to Musashi. It’s crazy!

…And all the sword fights! So good!

Minus maybe sci-fi, this book has it all. I truly enjoyed reading this book and going through all the emotions that Musashi went through, but also all the other characters as well.

This was definitely a good read and makes me want to follow “The Way.” I recommend this book to all.

Hope you enjoyed!

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