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Cloud of Sparrows

Takashi Matsuoka

Once in a great while a new novelist comes along who dazzles us with rare eloquence and humanity, with flawless storytelling and a unique understanding of another place and time. Takashi Matsuoka is just such a writer. His magnificent new novel, set amid the violence and beauty of nineteenth-century Japan, takes us beyond the epic tradition of James Clavell's Shogun and into a majestic realm of samurai and geishas, ninjas and Zen masters. Brilliantly imagined, gloriously written, Cloud of Sparrows is at once a sweeping historical adventure and a love story of almost unbearable poignancy. It is storytelling on the grand scale from a novelist of astounding depth and grace. Cloud of Sparrows It is the dawn of the New Year, 1861. After two centuries of isolation, Japan has been forced to open its doors to the West, igniting a clash of cultures and generations. And as foreign ships threaten to rain destruction on the Shogun's castle in Edo, a small group of American missionaries has chosen this time to spread the word of their God. Among them, Emily Gibson, a woman seeking redemption from a tormented past, and Matthew Stark, a cold-eyed killer with one more death on his mind. Neither realizes that their future in Japan has already been foreseen. For a young nobleman, Lord Genji, has dreamt that his life will be saved by an outsider in the New Year. Widely reviled as a dilettante, Lord Genji has one weapon with which to inspire awe. In his family, one in every generation is said to have the gift of prophecy. And what Lord Genji sees has struck fear in many around him. As the Shogun's secret police chief plots Genji's death--and the utter destruction of his entire clan--the young and untried lord must prove that he is more than the handsome womanizer of legend, famed lover of Edo's most celebrated geisha, Lady Heiko, and that his prophetic powers are no mere fairy tale. Forced to escape from Edo and flee to his ancestral stronghold, the spectacular Cloud of Sparrows Castle, Genji joins his fate with Emily and Stark

Once in a great while a new novelist comes along who dazzles us with rare eloquence and humanity, with flawless storytelling and a unique understanding of another place and time. Takashi Matsuoka is just such a writer. His magnificent new novel, set amid the violence and beauty of nineteenth-century Japan, takes us beyond the epic tradition of James Clavell's Shogun and into a majestic realm of samurai and geishas, ninjas and Zen masters. Brilliantly imagined, gloriously written, Cloud of Sparrows is at once a sweeping historical adventure and a love story of almost unbearable poignancy. It is storytelling on the grand scale from a novelist of astounding depth and grace. Cloud of Sparrows It is the dawn of the New Year, 1861. After two centuries of isolation, Japan has been forced to open its doors to the West, igniting a clash of cultures and generations. And as foreign ships threaten to rain destruction on the Shogun's castle in Edo, a small group of American missionaries has chosen this time to spread the word of their God. Among them, Emily Gibson, a woman seeking redemption from a tormented past, and Matthew Stark, a cold-eyed killer with one more death on his mind. Neither realizes that their future in Japan has already been foreseen. For a young nobleman, Lord Genji, has dreamt that his life will be saved by an outsider in the New Year. Widely reviled as a dilettante, Lord Genji has one weapon with which to inspire awe. In his family, one in every generation is said to have the gift of prophecy. And what Lord Genji sees has struck fear in many around him. As the Shogun's secret police chief plots Genji's death--and the utter destruction of his entire clan--the young and untried lord must prove that he is more than the handsome womanizer of legend, famed lover of Edo's most celebrated geisha, Lady Heiko, and that his prophetic powers are no mere fairy tale. Forced to escape from Edo and flee to his ancestral stronghold, the spectacular Cloud of Sparrows Castle, Genji joins his fate with Emily and Stark
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Once in a great while a new novelist comes along who dazzles us with rare eloquence and humanity, with flawless storytelling and a unique understanding of another place and time. Takashi Matsuoka is just such a writer. His magnificent new novel, set amid the violence and beauty of nineteenth-century Japan, takes us beyond the epic tradition of James Clavell's Shogun and into a majestic realm of samurai and geishas, ninjas and Zen masters. Brilliantly imagined, gloriously written, Cloud of Sparrows is at once a sweeping historical adventure and a love story of almost unbearable poignancy. It is storytelling on the grand scale from a novelist of astounding depth and grace. Cloud of Sparrows It is the dawn of the New Year, 1861. After two centuries of isolation, Japan has been forced to open its doors to the West, igniting a clash of cultures and generations. And as foreign ships threaten to rain destruction on the Shogun's castle in Edo, a small group of American missionaries has chosen this time to spread the word of their God. Among them, Emily Gibson, a woman seeking redemption from a tormented past, and Matthew Stark, a cold-eyed killer with one more death on his mind. Neither realizes that their future in Japan has already been foreseen. For a young nobleman, Lord Genji, has dreamt that his life will be saved by an outsider in the New Year. Widely reviled as a dilettante, Lord Genji has one weapon with which to inspire awe. In his family, one in every generation is said to have the gift of prophecy. And what Lord Genji sees has struck fear in many around him. As the Shogun's secret police chief plots Genji's death--and the utter destruction of his entire clan--the young and untried lord must prove that he is more than the handsome womanizer of legend, famed lover of Edo's most celebrated geisha, Lady Heiko, and that his prophetic powers are no mere fairy tale. Forced to escape from Edo and flee to his ancestral stronghold, the spectacular Cloud of Sparrows Castle, Genji joins his fate with Emily and Stark

Language:

English

Narrators:

Ron Rifkin

Length:

6h 16m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

06:28


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:41


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:44


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:42


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:36


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:34


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:02


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:50


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:31


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:01


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:56


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:31


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:08


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:01


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:44


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:16


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:30


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:00


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

08:08


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:19


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:24


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:24


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:29


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:02


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:08


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:41


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:01


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:15


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:01


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:57


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:38


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:34


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:28


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:40


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:16


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:46


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:48


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:13


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:17


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:42


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

08:01


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:54


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:46


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:44


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:57


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:10


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:48


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:51


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:36


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:26


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:40


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:36


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:17


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:46


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

08:15