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The Samurai of the Red Carnation

"A glorious and emotionally piercing novel set in medieval Japan singing of battle, poetry, romance, and betrayal."

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Full to overflowing with expression and meaning this is a spirited and dramatic, yet emotionally astute novel. This is a book of love, of response, of energy, a constant flow of articulate reflection and reaction. It is worth noting that while this sits perhaps as a novel of love, it contains within, ferocious battles and torturous deaths. Denis Theriault is an award-winning Canadian author from Montreal, I first met his work when I reviewed the The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman  back in 2014 and it has stayed with me, if forced to reveal my favourite books, this would be on the list. Each time I read one of his novels he spins me in a new direction, yet the words are distinctively and eloquently from his pen. The Samurai of the Red Carnation is set in Japan during medieval times when you could battle as a samurai or a poet. Matsuo leaves home to become a samurai, yet after training turns instead to the art of poetry. As I travelled with Matsuo and slipped into and through his emotions, it was when he was engaged in poetry that I began to truly know him. I completely forgot that I was reading a translation, so congratulations to Louise Rogers Lalaurie for her work. I fell head over heals for this novel, and it sits as a LoveReading Star Book as well as a Liz Pick of the Month. Strewn with action and adventure yet wonderfully thought-provoking, The Samurai of the Red Carnation is a beautifully written work of art, that I can highly recommend.

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