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Heart of a Samurai Summary
Margi Preus

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Heart of a Samurai Summary

Plot Summary

"Heart of a Samurai" is a novel that is based on a true story by author Margi Preus. In this novel, Manjiro is a boy fishermen who gets lost at sea with the fellow fishermen from his village. When their boat washes up on a deserted island, Manjiro and the other fishermen do what they can to survive until one day they are rescued by an American-based whaling ship. Because it is the 19th century, Japan still has an isolationist attitude toward outsiders, so once the Japanese fishermen are rescued, they are not able to return to their country without the fear of facing imprisonment.

Manjiro and the other fishermen live on the American whaling boat for some time until they reach the Hawaiian island of Oahu. Here, the other fishermen find a home, while Manjiro decides to go on to live with the captain as his son...

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