The Last Samurai

The Last Samurai

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"Ludo, age six, is a prodigy. His mother, Sibylla, raises him alone and tries hard to keep his voracious intellect satisfied, while she struggles to make ends meet. With her exasperated guidance, he teaches himself Greek, so that he can read The Odyssey, before moving on to study Hebrew, Arabic, Inuit, and Japanese. And both Sibylla and Ludo share a passion for Kurosawa's Seven Samurai, which they watch repeatedly, absorbing its lessons of samurai virtue. Soon Ludo embarks on a quest to find his father, and approaches seven men to test their mettle. Each of them - prominent, powerful, or flawed in his own way - has to rise to a unique challenge." "The Last Samurai is full of stories of remarkable exploits, snatches of Greek poetry, passages of Icelandic legend, and ingenious math problems. But it also has a rare emotional depth, as Ludo's search for a father, or even a man heroic enough to be his father, gradually reveals a new and unexpected dimension of love. And at the book's heart is the relationship between mother and son, which is moving and memorable in its fusion of solidarity, frustration, and tenderness."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Publisher: New York : Talk Miramax Books/Hyperion, c2000
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780786866687
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Characteristics: viii, 530 p. ; 25 cm


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Aug 07, 2018

A stone-cold masterpiece!

Aug 05, 2018

Tom Cruise was the man in "The Last Samurai." He was so good at being a samurai! I bet he's awesome in this book too.

Jun 25, 2018

Helen DeWitt: witty, dry, intelligent, thoughtful. A pleasure to read, a journey that is thought provoking every step.


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