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Published September 2nd 1976 by Panther (first published 1975)
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Perry Whitford
Jan 22, 2012 Perry Whitford rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Afficiandos of Californian Zen.
Zen-inspired, tragic tale of honour and betrayal in 18th century Japan, written plainly and with restraint by- of all people -the author of the excessive 1970s satire The Dice Man. This short novel could hardly be more different, with Rhinehart clearly respectful of the time, place and culture of the subject, bookending and littering the story with idiomatic poems and sayings.

It will surprise you if you only know the writers more famous work, but you can enjoy reading this over a sedate, wintry
Matari is a complete departure from the author's usual style and material. It is a somewhat Americanised version of ancient Japan - rather like Kurosawa's Seven Samurai rendered as The Magnificent Seven. It is unfortunate that the hero is given a female name ending (Oboko) but otherwise the characters are well written, and the shocking ending is truly moving.
Matari is currently out-of-print and very hard to find. It was published in the US under the name of White Wind, Black Rider.

I really enjoyed this book, very interesting characters, an exciting plot, authentic portrayal of culture and times, poetic text and a thrilling conclusion. It's a shame more people haven't read it.
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Luke Rhinehart is the pen name of the author George Cockcroft.

George Cockcroft was born in the United States, son of an engineer and a civil servant. He received a BA from Cornell University and an MA from Columbia University. Subsequently he received a PhD in psychology, also from Columbia. He married his wife, Ann, on June 30, 1956. He has three children.

After obtaining his PhD, he went into tea
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