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The Sadness of the Samurai: A Novel

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A betrayal and a murder in pro-Nazi Spain spark a struggle for power that grips a family for generations in this sweeping historical thriller

Fierce, edgy, brisk, and enthralling, this brilliant novel by Victor del Árbol pushes the boundaries of the traditional historical novel and in doing so creates a work of incredible power that resonates long after the last page has be
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ebook, 400 pages
Published May 22nd 2012 by Henry Holt and Co. (first published 2011)
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Rubi
Impresionante el descubrimiento de Víctor del Árbol. La verdad es que no había escuchado hablar sobre él y encontré el libro por casualidad, pero ¡me alegro mucho de habérmelo comprado!
La historia me ha dejado casi sin respiración, en continua tensión desde la primera a la última página.
No es una novela policíaca sin más, ni es común y corriente... Víctor ha conseguido mezclar muchas cosas: familia, amor, asesinatos, venganza, políticos y militares corruptos, mentiras, malos tratos, torturas...
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Elli
The title refers to a strong interest of a small child, one of the many victims of the many political intrigues going on during this period and the permanent hatreds and unforgiving deadliness of some of the actions that happened. There was a coup at this time on which some of the incidents in this book are based. It's a book of extremes, violence, strong emotions...loves, hates, perversity, daring actions, strong repercussions. It was a thriller although it was more a drama than a mystery. But ...more
Prp
Falso y mal escrito
Son varias las razones por las que este libro es más falso que un
billete de trece euros.
- Está mal escrito y los errores son los actuales, por ejemplo, el
leísmo y confundir “oir” con “escuchar”. Esta manera de expresarse nos
situa inmediatamente en 2014 y no en las épocas en las que se supone
que transcurre la acción. Hay otras faltas de gramática y de
ortografía (Cianno, Tizziano)
- El estilo rimbombante: Todos los personajes hablan igual y con
independencia de su situació
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Pep Bonet
Este libro me ha parecido muy interesante. No conocía de nada al autor hasta que recientemente me crucé con una referencia a autores de novela negra española más conocidos en Francia que en España. Y francamente creo que fue una referencia que valió la pena. Me costó muchas páginas intuir que podía ser una novela negra. En efecto, aunque haya inspectores de policía, y hasta espías del cesid, cuesta clasificarla como novela negra. Aunque el calificativo de negro le va como anillo al dedo, pero po ...more
Joan Guisado
“Que el poder, la venganza y el odio son más fuertes que cualquier otra cosa, y que los hombres son capaces de matar a quien aman y de besar a quien odian si ello es necesario para cumplir sus ambiciones”; reflexiona Publio, el personaje que sin ser central está siempre omnipresente en la novela de Victor del Árbol y que de alguna manera representa lo peor de esos personajes públicos que están dispuestos a cualquier cosa con tal de satisfacer sus intereses personales, por desgracia, ese tipo de ...more
Margaret
Excellent story set in pre-Nazi Spain and 1981 Spain. It's a thriller, suspenseful mystery about how the particular actions of one person affected many including generations later. A beautiful Spanish woman falls in love with a man who turns out to be a spy for her husband. When a plot to kill her husband is undone, her lover betrays her and murders her. This act affects the lives of the main characters in the story, her sons, the youngest son's teacher and even her betraying lover's family is n ...more
Entre mis libros y yo
Impresionante Víctor del Árbol. Realmente 4,5
The Crime Scene Scene
The Sadness Of The Samurai is a standalone novel by author Victor Del Arbol. In 1941 Isabel, a Spanish aristocrat, plots to kill her fascist husband but she is betrayed and murdered. It is a crime that will have repercussions and echo through time when in 1981 successful lawyer Maria is asked to help free the man, cop Cesar Alcala, she put behind bars five years earlier. But Maria soon finds herself caught in a bigger power struggle and is out of her depth.

The Sadness of The Samurai is set again
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Jesus
La trama es interesante, pero encuentro la novela mal diseñada y escrita. Me explico.
DISEÑO. Hay incongruencias en la trama como por ejemplo:
- En varias conversaciones entre personajes ambos se quedan callados mirándose "durante varios minutos" (???)
- Un tal Ramoneda es confidente de la policía, que "pasa de vez en cuando por su casa" donde vive con su mujer y cinco niños, más adelante en la novela (pero NO en el tiempo) tenemos a Ramoneda descrito como un vagabundo que arrastra su "carro de bas
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Wesley
*I won this book from a Goodreads giveaway*
This book is not for the faint hearted. There is rape, murder, abuse, suicide, torture and other unsavory activities, but if you can stomach those types of things it is worth the read.It flashes between the 1940s and the 1980s intervweaving different people in a political thriller in Spain. It's a bigger book but worth the time!
Claudia Calva
Una historia dura entre la guerra civil española y el intento de golpe de estado en los 80's. El pasado siempre te sigue y las siguientes generaciones también lo sufren. Víctor del Árbol logra describir de manera quirúrgica la psicología de cada personaje y sabe como relacionar y cruzar sus historias en el momento preciso. Un autor que se le deberá seguir los pasos.
Tuck
the blurb on back says "missing link between carlos ruiz zafon and stieg larsson". THAT should have been my warning, but i read anyway. interesting historical facts and ideas of evil, revenge, and sins of fathers on heads of their children, but the floridness was hard to swallow. i can see where it is an international sensation though. so folks go for florid.
Lidia Casado pérez
¡Impresionante! Una trama muy bien urdida con unos personajes complejos de los que una no sabe qué esperar ni en qué bando están. Una novela sobre el peso de la memoria y las herencias que recibimos aunque no las deseemos.
Anita
Me ha gustado bastante. Es bastante duro, que muestra las caras más oscuras del ser humano: violencia, crueldad, venganza pero también arrepentimiento y voluntad de compensar. Una novela negra con todas sus letras.
Marie80
Навистина шпанските автори се махери за склопување на една приказна која нема да можете да ја напуштите се додека не стигнете до крајот!!!Од се' срце ја препорачувам книгава!!!
Michele Weiner
The Sadness of the Samurai is a detective story set in Spain. The incident at its heart takes place in 1942. Franco and his ultra right wing thugs have won the civil war, and Spain has joined the Axis powers fighting in WWII. Most of the populace is indifferent, no matter what atrocities are inflicted by the government or the criminal classes, and it is hard to tell one type of sadist from another. Political and personal grudges result in extremely unpleasant violence, often gratuitous. In this ...more
Erik
The Spanish soul has intrigued me for years. My first exposure to Spanish writing was Lorca’s wonderful play The House of Bernarda Alba. I was drawn to the dark nature or the prose, the dance with death that Lorca beautifully described in his essay In Search of Duende. The Spanish endured the traumatic Civil War from 1936 to 1939, and then suffered through 40 more years of the Franco regime. They, like the Russians, have a ethos that agrees with Unamuno’s outrage that “Sometimes, to remain silen ...more
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I was intrigued as I started reading, each chapter taking on a different generation which you know will all come together toward the end. Historical fiction isn't a genre that I read so I was happy to read this for a challenge and while reading realised it was full of suspense.

I appreciated when the story included meanings of the Samurai, the art work of the sword, the meaning, what it means to wound someone and when, its mandate, this was very well done, keeping you in tuned to the
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Vanessa Delamare
I really liked this book I read in 10 days, as much for the content that for the form. Del Arbol has a very pleasant way of writing, bringing many reflections without judgment. He really knows how to recreate this dark period in Spain. We understand the fears, the betrayals and the lies experienced by people. We understand why some people fled Spain or the opportunism of others. It is a dark story - as was that time - which reveals a slice of Spain's History that's unworthy, as well as Vichy in ...more
Sabrina
I finished this book about a week ago and I've spent this time thinking about the book and trying to decide my feelings about it. The story, which jumps between the 1940's and the 1980's is focused on the how the choices made and actions taken in the 1940's affect the involved individuals, and their children, in the 1980s. The emphasis here is on the children's lives and how they are held responsible (in a revenge/retribution sense) for the actions of their fathers int he 1940s. I was a bit disa ...more
Lovelyrita51
This was a really well-written book. The story flips back and forth between 1941 and 1981, feeding the reader pieces of information about different characters and events that all come together in a tense, dramatic conclusion. There are scenes of gory violence that may turn some readers away, but are necessary to the development of the story and the understanding of various characters. I would agree with other readers that most of the characters, even the ones you root for, have both shades of go ...more
Sorcered
Great mix of romance, historical thriller, whodunit and psychological drama. It's also a tad melodramatic and relies on too many unplausible coincidences, but I think that's part of the local flavor - I've yet to read a contemporary Spanish writer who won't use these tricks. Lots of violence and sex, too. Time to look for more of his books (this one was published in Romanian by trei).
Silveral
Il mio primo libro in ebook! :)
Storia appassionata, molto intensa, oscura e malinconica con un sfondo storico che solitamente non mi capita mai di incontrare.
Sesh
I have decided on a new rating scheme based on whether I finish a book or not, and if not, how far I get into it before giving up. A finished book gets at least 4 stars, like this one. I only finish books I really like. Before this book, I read "Kill Shot" by Vince Flynn. I gave up with about 25% to go. I am thinking that should get no more than 3 stars. Books I give up on less than halfway in will get no more than 2 stars. And books I will never even attempt to read (all of James Patterson, Dea ...more
Sibylle Seys smets
Récit prenant sur un fonds historique vraiment noir. Beaucoup de fatalité dans ces enfants qui portent le poids des erreurs de leurs parents, qui eux même n ont pas toujours pu choisir. Très sombre, mais dense et bien rythme.
Anne
plus quun bon polar, un fresque très bien documentée et beaucoup de suspens. Vraiment une bonne lecture.
Kathy Russo
The Sadness of the Samurai is author Víctor del Árbol's first novel to be translated to English. The novel is filled to the brim with blood and gore, so if you are a fan of that you will be hooked with this book.

Árbol takes readers on an emotional rollercoaster throughout time coated with murder, deceit, politics and a dark thrill. From the cities of Spain to the Russian Front during World War II, the novel takes you to it all and give readers an exhilarating thrill.


A copy of the book was provi
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Virginie
On suit les rapports de haine entre deux familles sur plusieurs générations, au cours des années du franquisme et de la transition démocratique. Histoire très sombre et très cruelle, torture et diverses atrocités, folie, maladies, brrr.
J'ai aimé l'écriture (simple mais soignée), en revanche il m'a semblé qu'il y avait trop de rebondissements et de coïncidences, de hasards, qui permettent à l'auteur de tout bien ficeler mais qui m'ont un peu lassée au bout d'un moment. Les personnages sont bien c
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