Samurai's Tale
by Haugaard, Erik Christian







List of characters
ix
Acknowledgmentsxi
Prefacexiii
In Blood We Are All Born
1(8)
The Journey to Kofuchu
9(8)
The ``Dog'' Taro
17(6)
The Death of Togan
23(9)
The Stable-boy Taro
32(8)
A Night at Toko-ji Temple
40(8)
Zazen
48(9)
On the Road
57(7)
Iida Castle
64(6)
Yoshitoki
70(7)
In the House of a Ghost
77(7)
A Name, A Name!
84(6)
Rumors of War
90(5)
``Master of Rice''
95(7)
The Thief
102(7)
The Ronin Bandit
109(9)
I Gain a Helmet
118(6)
The Strategy of War
124(7)
The Ninja
131(7)
A Trap Is Laid
138(7)
A Sortie of Death
145(9)
Iwamura Is Ours
154(7)
In Search of Supplies
161(8)
Aki-hime
169(6)
Lord Takeda Shingen
175(7)
A Poem for Aki-hime
182(7)
Lord Zakoji's Proposal
189(5)
The Hunting Party
194(8)
Lord Zakoji Becomes a Priest
202(5)
The Siege of Iwamura Castle
207(5)
I Leave Iwamura Castle
212(5)
Takeda Katsuyori
217(6)
The Ninja Again
223(7)
The End of the Tale
230


In turbulent sixteenth-century Japan, orphaned Taro is taken in by a general serving the great warlord Takeda Shingen and grows up to become a samurai fighting for the enemies of his dead family.





Erik Haugaard was born in Denmark and has traveled extensively in the United States, Italy, Spain, and Japan. Called "a writer gifted in the art of the storyteller" by the BOSTON GLOBE, he is internationally known for his accomplishments as a playwright, poet, and translator. He has won critical acclaim for his books for young readers, including A BOY'S WILL, THE UNTOLD TALE, and CROMWELL'S BOY.





"I shall begin my tale on that day when I lost not only my father, but my mother and my two older brothers as well . . . In the morning of that day my name had been Murakami; I was a bushi, a knightâ??s son whom every woman in the village would fondle and spoil. Before the sun set I had been given the name Taro, a servantâ??s name, and I was of no more importance than that name implied."






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