Brilliance of the Moon (Tales of the Otori , Book 3) by Lian Hearn

By Lian Hearn

A gorgeous, haunting evocation of the medieval Japan of Lian Hearn's mind's eye, this exciting follow-up to Grass for His Pillow and Across the Nightingale Floor delves deeper into the complicated loyalties that bind its characters from birth.

Filled with event and mind-blowing twists of plot and fortune, this 3rd booklet within the Tales of the Otori sequence travels past the 3 international locations, to the surface impacts that threaten to intervene upon this remoted realm.

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The 36 Strategies of the Martial Arts considers the world as a dynamic field of energy, constantly moving and flowing, in which conditions may call for one strategy now, and another depending upon the changes in the physical and psychological environment. Indeed, an intended strategy may evoke changes itself, and a different strategy may be required as circumstances evolve. Professor Moriya emphasizes time and again that one must avoid rigidity at all costs and be totally aware of the grid of activity and its psychological effects on both one’s enemy and oneself.

Sun Pin had consolidated his defense and chosen the battlefield well. In inviting his enemy’s approach he had abandoned the hard for the soft, and was able to strike with a single blow at his fully extended opponent, making for an overwhelming victory. Lu Sun’s Manipulation of Troops During the period of the Three Kingdoms, Wu’s commanding general, Lu Sun, won a resounding victory by using this strategy at the Battle of I-ling against the great army of Liu Pei. Upon hearing of Liu Pei’s dispatch of troops, all of the commanders of the Wu army grew agitated and prepared for battle.

Therefore, creating an illusion to fool the enemy and take him by surprise is the way to overcome superior forces and take the lead. What is illusion? “To feint striking in the east while truly striking in the west” is one way of creating illusion. In situations where there is an excellent popular base that will protect information leaks, and one can take various methods for deceiving the enemy, you can often trick the enemy into making mistakes in both judgment and action. If so, you may be able to rob your enemy of his superior force and leadership position.

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