Ronin a novel based on a zen myth

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ronin a novel based on a zen myth

The Ronin: A Novel Based on a Zen Myth by William Dale Jennings

In the table of contents of this English-written novel, there are altogether 27 chapters in which we would find no chapter number inside; instead each starting with a seemingly Japanese-style, sword-related drawing followed by a phrase. For instance, presumably Chapter 1 A great rustling behind him. …, 2 Watching from the shadows. …, 3 The honor of being chosen. …, etc. (p. 13, 19, 25) so I could not help finding such a chapter style mysteriously exciting and I enjoyed reading since the beginning. However, I could keep reading it about two-thirds then my focus started to wane due to its obscure characters, plot, climax, etc. In short, it is like being in a surreal myth till I wondered if the author’s writing style is a kind of Zen myth uniquely presented to his readers in this genre.
Therefore, I think these three-part extracts taken form the last episode, that is, Chapter 27 And become what I am. . would help to illustrate my point:

Every evening of the next two years, the young Daimyo entered the Tunnel with a bundle of wood, built the fire, laid aside his clothes and greeted the Enemy with the six syllables of hate: “Still digging up your dead?” Then the two worked steadily through the night.
There was talk at first, then only some. Then none. Very little can be said with words.
It was the fourth month of the thirteenth year with Spring still timid on the slopes. The big man looked over at his young executioner and said, “Tomorrow morning at the Hour of the Ram.”
“Tomorrow morning what?”
“It will be done.”
“Maybe. There has been a change in the sound of the rock.” (pp. 155-156)

The big man looked at him: “I’m not forcing you to do anything.” The young Daimyo burst out, “But you know I must! You know I will!”
The big man went to him, took him by his arms and laid his cheek upon the young head. He spoke soothingly: “I know and I’m glad you can’t forgive. It becomes you and gives meaning to your dream of goodness.”
The young man pulled away: “Damn you, don’t say this holy trash! You can’t woo me from my Vow!”
“I wouldn’t want to.” (p. 157)

The Ronin walked to the fire: “No, let’s have the duel and get it over.”
The young voice was loud with anger: “I can’t finish this alone! It’s not my work!”
“It’s anyone’s. Let them,” and he began to walk away. “Bring the swords and let’s get out of here. It might cave in.”
The young Daimyo didn’t move: “But you can’t just leave it like this! Come back here and I’ll help. Time’s cheap.”
The big figure was striding naked toward the other light: “Not mine! No more! Not me!”
The young man screamed after him: “But you can’t leave a thing like this undone! It’s wrong not to finish what you start!”
And the big voice echoed from a vast distance in the dark, “The hell with it!” (pp. 158-159)
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A heartless savage, the Ronin, or "wandering samurai," slashes his way up from the gutter to wealth, honor and status. In spite of his crime sand bloodthirsty cruelty, he bears the strange mark of destiny that the wise see and respect, even as he destroys them. Told with humor and irony, the tale ranges from the pleasantly colloquial to the brutally satiric, yet never relents in the Ronin's ruthless search for the truth. The storyteller hides nothing and speaks bluntly, yet this jewel-like tale shimmers with tantalizing riddles that will haunt the reader just as they haunted the Ronin. Sure to shock, confound and ultimately inspire readers, The Ronin is loosely based upon an ancient legend told to the author by the Zen Master Nyogen Senzaki. William Dale Jennings was a novelist and gay-rights pioneer.

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The violence of twelfth-century Japan explodes in this half-legendary, half-true story of a violent ronin who becomes a folk hero. Told with humor and irony, The Ronin ranges from the pleasantly colloquial to the brutally satiric. This brief tale will shock, confound and ultimately inspire readers. William Dale Jennings was a novelist and gay-rights pioneer. Convert currency. Add to Basket.

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  2. Aggie B. says:

    A novel based on Zen mythology, this story is told with humour and irony, in the tradition of realistic Zen mysticism. It is the tale of Ronin, a masterless.

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