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Travis Belrose was inspired to write The Samurai Poet after repeated visits to Shisendo convinced him that there was far more to Ishikawa Jozan's life than tourist pamphlets and biographical sketches indicated. By using fictionalized biography to stretch the novel form, he has endeavoured to combine the best of history and fiction to tell Ishikawa's story. He currently resides in Canada where he is at work on his next novel.
on May 13, 2015 :
Although an engaging, well-written historical novel I fear the author didn't know when to stop. The tight narrative and sympathetic character of part 1 are both missing from part 2, which is comparatively directionless.
I look forward to reading more from Mr. Belrose. I believe this is a writer to keep an eye on.
(reviewed long after purchase)