Here is an interesting thread on another forum...
For Musashi fanatics in Japan.
Sorry I can't get the link to work.
I liked Eiji Yoshikawa's book about Musashi a lot. I stopped watching the NHK version after the first coupe episodes because it was so bad. I just read that guys petition and, though I don't understand what drove him to bother starting such a petition, I agree with what he was saying.
I don't at all have a problem with writers taking poetic liscence with historical facts so long as they do a good job of it. The NHK series is so incompetently done on so many levels that I can't at all defend it. Its terrible.
Did you ever read Taiko or the Heike Monogatari? Yoshikawa's Heike was the first novel I read about Japan, I thought it was fantastic and couldn't put it down until I got to the end. Then I found out that he had died in the middle of writing it and hadn't finished it, which was a real bummer. I haven't read any of his other works, but I think of myself as a sort of fan.
Taiko is the story of Toyotomi Hideyoshi and his rise from a peasant child to become Shogun of Japan. Its a good book, but not as good as Musashi.
The Heike story is about the Heike clan, a 12th century Samurai family that fought with the Genji clan for dominance but were defeated and completely wiped out. The story is fantastic, even better than Musashi I think, but unfortunately he never finished writing it so it ends abruptly in the middle of the story.
THose are the two other Yoshikawa novels that have been translated into English. Maybe there are more.
I am now reading "Musashi" by Eiji Yoshikawa. It is a great book, indeed, but unfortunalty, the french translation of the book is from ... english, and not Japanese. How bad!!!!
I am starting to be a big Miyamoto Musashi and want to learn/see more about him !!
Thanks for giving links