Shibumi

Shibumi

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Random House, Inc.
A westerner raised in Japan, he survived the destruction of Hiroshima to emerge as the world's most artful lover and its most accomplished assassin. His greatest desire is to attain a state of effortless perfection . . . shibumi. But he is about to face his most sinister and corrupt enemy -- a supermonolith of espionage and monopoly bent on destroying
him. . . .


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Baker & Taylor
Nicholai Hel uses his nearly superhuman mental and physical prowess to destroy political terrorists and decides to take on The Mother Company itself, a supermonolith of espionage and economic monopoly

Publisher: Crown, 1979
ISBN: 9780517532430
0517532433
Branch Call Number: 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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