I just finished rereading James Clavell's Shogun. I enjoyed it the first time I read it, a couple of years ago, and I enjoyed it this time, too. Although the lengthy internal monologues get kind of dull after a bit.
The copy of Shogun I have was rescued from a family friend who let me go through a bunch of books she was cleaning out of their house. I snagged Master and Commander - which is a naval novel - and Shogun.
The version of Shogun that I have was issued in 1975, as an accompaniment to the "spectacular twelve-hour maxiseries from Paramount Television."
But wait! It gets better!
The book's cover is entirely dedicated to gratuitous exaggeration and aggrandizement. To show you the difference between today's movie tie-in books and this earlier television tie-in book, I submit the following:
Now: Now a major motion picture.
Then: NOW THE COLOSSAL TELEVISION SAGA THAT IS MAKING ENTERTAINMENT HISTORY!
Now: The best-selling book by John le Carre.
Then: THE TOWERING BEST-SELLER! OVER SEVEN MILLION COPIES IN PRINT!
Now: Now a major BBC drama.
Then: NOW THE MOST EXCITING PRODUCTION IN TELEVISION HISTORY
Yep, those were the days, eh? Back before Pizza Hut sued Papa John's for claiming their "we're the freshest" ads were false advertising.
Back when people watched twelve hours of television devoid of smoke monsters and Flava Flav.
Back when men were men, women were women, and Richard Chamberlain had an awesome 1970s hair-do and wore eye-shadow to try to make himself look Asian, even though his character was British.
Yep, those were the days...