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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher New Directions
Publication date May 31, 2016
Pages 576
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780811225502
ISBN-10 081122550X
Dimensions 0 by 5 by 8 in.
Original list price $18.95
Summaries and Reviews
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Called “remarkable” (The Wall Street Journal) and “an ambitious, colossal debut novel” (Publishers Weekly), Helen DeWitt’s The Last Samurai is back in print at last

Helen DeWitt’s 2000 debut, The Last Samurai, was “destined to become a cult classic” (Miramax). The enterprising publisher sold the rights in twenty countries, so “Why not just, ‘destined to become a classic?’” (Garth Risk Hallberg) And why must cultists tell the uninitiated it has nothing to do with Tom Cruise?

Sibylla, an American-at-Oxford turned loose on London, finds herself trapped as a single mother after a misguided one-night stand. High-minded principles of child-rearing work disastrously well. J. S. Mill (taught Greek at three) and Yo Yo Ma (Bach at two) claimed the methods would work with any child; when these succeed with the boy Ludo, he causes havoc at school and is home again in a month. (Is he a prodigy, a genius? Readers looking over Ludo’s shoulder find themselves easily reading Greek and more.) Lacking male role models for a fatherless boy, Sibylla turns to endless replays of Kurosawa’s masterpiece Seven Samurai. But Ludo is obsessed with the one thing he wants and doesn’t know: his father’s name. At eleven, inspired by his own take on the classic film, he sets out on a secret quest for the father he never knew. He’ll be punched, sliced, and threatened with retribution. He may not live to see twelve. Or he may find a real samurai and save a mother who thinks boredom a fate worse than death.



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Hardcover
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from Miramax (September 1, 2000)
9780786866687 | details & prices | 530 pages | 6.25 × 9.25 × 1.75 in. | 2.00 lbs | List price $24.95
About: A child prodigy with an insatiable thirst for knowledge, Ludo's obsession with Kurosawa's 'Seven Samurai' and its lessons in Samurai virtue lead him to embark on a quest to find his father, approaching seven men to test their worthiness.
Paperback
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Reprint edition from New Directions (May 31, 2016)
9780811225502 | details & prices | 576 pages | List price $18.95
About: Called “remarkable” (The Wall Street Journal) and “an ambitious, colossal debut novel” (Publishers Weekly), Helen DeWitt’s The Last Samurai is back in print at lastHelen DeWitt’s 2000 debut, The Last Samurai, was “destined to become a cult classic” (Miramax).
Reprint edition from Miramax (March 1, 2002)
9780786887002 | details & prices | 530 pages | 6.25 × 9.25 × 1.00 in. | 1.50 lbs | List price $14.95
About: A child prodigy with an insatiable thirst for knowledge, Ludo's obsession with Kurosawa's 'Seven Samurai' and its lessons in Samurai virtue lead him to embark on a quest to find his father, approaching seven men to test their worthiness.

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