The Revenge of the Forty-seven Samurai

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  • Edition: Reprint
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  • Copyright: 2005-09-12
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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In the time when the Shogun ruled Japan, two hundred samurai suffered a grave insult-their master met an unjust death. Forty-seven of them are courageous enough to avenge him. Jiro is a lowly servant to one of the brave samurai. Chosen as his master's unlikely spy during the planning of the great revenge, Jiro must learn when to talk and when to listen, or at any moment he could lose his head to a samurai's razor-sharp sword. And even as Jiro plays his small part in the unfolding plot, he searches for the truth about his own identity.

Author Biography

Erik Haugaard was born in Denmark and has traveled extensively in the United States, Italy, Spain, and Japan. Called "a writer gifted in the art of the storyteller" by the BOSTON GLOBE, he is internationally known for his accomplishments as a playwright, poet, and translator. He has won critical acclaim for his books for young readers, including A BOY'S WILL, THE UNTOLD TALE, and CROMWELL'S BOY.

Table of Contents

List of Charactersp. ix
Prefacep. xi
How It All Beganp. 1
My Master Calls a Meetingp. 10
The Three Old Menp. 16
Oishi Chikarap. 22
Okajima-samap. 28
The Last Days in the Castlep. 34
The Sword of Lord Asanop. 40
The Surrender of the Castlep. 46
The Samurai Spyp. 52
We Move to Yamashinap. 59
Gorop. 65
I Am Woundedp. 71
Otaka Gengop. 77
On the Road to Edop. 84
Two Officers of the Shogunp. 92
The Silk-Clad Actorp. 98
We Return to Yamashinap. 104
A Meeting in Kyotop. 110
Otaka Gengo Loses His Temperp. 118
My Master Is Divorcedp. 124
I Get a Room of My Ownp. 130
The Floating Worldp. 136
Chikamatsu Monzaemonp. 143
A Message from Edop. 152
My Master Eats Sashimip. 158
I Have a Strange Dreamp. 163
Otaka Gengo Leaves for Edop. 168
Chikamatsu Monzaemon Againp. 174
I Find Out Who My Father Wasp. 181
We Return to Edop. 189
Otaka Gengo Masquerading as a Rich Merchantp. 196
The Day of Revenge Is Nearp. 203
The Night Beforep. 209
The Revengep. 215
Epilogue: The End of the Storyp. 223
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