Shibumi

Shibumi

Book - 1979
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A survivor of the Hiroshima bombing, he is the world's most artful lover...and most accomplished assassin. His greatest desire is to attain the state of perfection called shibumi. But the most sinister enemy he has ever faced is bent on destroying him. Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, c1979
ISBN: 9780517532430
0517532433
Branch Call Number: F Tre

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DeeDum
Mar 07, 2017

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.

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StarGladiator
Mar 18, 2016

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!
http://info.rdc.com/rs/regulatorydatacorp/images/GRID%20Brochure%200514.pdf

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Ramage
Feb 27, 2013

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.
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cathysandiego
Jul 16, 2011

Should be considered a classic.

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