The character is reminiscent of a mythical Joseph Campbell hero. However, his obsession with certain activities were boring or a big turn off to most women, I believe. Too bad the author cast him in that light...otherwise, he would have been an awesome protagonist. Still the story was engaging.
Glad I re-read this, had forgotten what a true classic it was, and admittedly some slight cartoonish aspects, Trevanian uses fiction to convey much reality - - even more realistic in the present times [think Bain's G.R.I.D., or Global Regulatory Information Database]. Agree with all the character's commentaries on the USA!
Poor description. Shibumi was originally published in 1979 by Trevanian aka Rodney Whitaker. Prequel, Satori, was written by Don Winslow in 2011. Both gems. I give it 5 stars. A real find.
Should be considered a classic.
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