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A Sudden Dawn

4.35  ·  Rating Details  ·  66 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Gold Winner - 2011 IP's Living Now AwardsGold Winner - 2011 eLit AwardsWinner - 2011 USA Best Book Award This epic historical fiction novel opens with a young man named Sardili born of the warrior caste in 507 A.D. Sardili realizes that he would rather seek enlightenment than follow his family s military legacy and sets out on a life-long quest for truth and wisdom. Sardil ...more
Paperback, 1st, 500 pages
Published June 16th 2010 by YMAA Publication Center (first published July 3rd 2006)
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Kati Bowditch
Oct 13, 2010 Kati Bowditch rated it really liked it
A Sudden Dawn drew me right into the story of Bodhidharma and keep me entranced with his long trek into China. Rich and intriguing, it sets the Way at the forefront of the story and the interesting people that paths interconnect along the journey. Well written with an eye towards not only the history and myth but the martial arts angle, definitely kept me interested and it's earned a place on my shelf. This was a freebie through goodreads.
Oct 15, 2010 Jason rated it really liked it
A Sudden Dawn is a work of historical fiction, tracing the legendary path of Bodhidharma, a Buddhist master from India, as he traveled to China and brought Zen and the martial arts to the Shaolin Temple.

Powell makes for some exquisite characterizations. Bodhidharma comes across as a like-able, even charismatic, monk, who gives simple, common sense advice to anyone who asks for it... Even an emperor. Kuan/Ko is a sympathetic guy who always seems to get stuck with the short straw. We meet Liang
Nov 29, 2010 Kris rated it really liked it
I enjoyed 'A Sudden Dawn' from start to finish. In the book Powell creates a fictionalized interpretation of the Buddhist monk Da Mo's life. The story explains why and how Da Mo became a monk, the difficulties he experienced during his road to enlightenment, and the people he met and trained along his journey. 'A Sudden Dawn' introduces the reader to a simplistic early history of the Shaolin Temple and the Zen philosophy, it also gives readers who know very little about the Buddhist religion a b ...more
Mar 09, 2012 Basho rated it really liked it
The story of a simple Buddhist priest travelling from India to China in the 5th Century doesn’t sound like something that would make for an interesting novel, but the after effects of this solitary man’s journey still reverberate today. In all parts of the far east, the name Bodhidharma is still very well known. In Japan, for example, little girls have Bodhidharma key-chains and all sorts of other cultural influences and footprints can be found. And not only in the geek fringes or the religious ...more
Goran Powell
Aug 16, 2010 Goran Powell rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in Zen and martial arts, anyone who loved 'Kung Fu' and Crouching Tiger
The life of Bodhidharma has given rise to countless myths and legends, ‘A Sudden Dawn’ is one version of his story. Born to the warrior caste, Bodhidharma gives up a promising future as a soldier to become a monk and seek enlightenment. After many years of searching in vain, he finally becomes enlightened in a single moment.

He accepts a mission to venture into China and spread the Buddha's wisdom. Crossing the Himalaya, he travels down the Yangtze river, where he meets an unlikely disciple, a y
Някъде из представянията на „Внезапна зора”, прочетох, че е сравнявана с „Шогун”. Това е твърде смело твърдение, предвид мащаба и доста по-задълбоченото проучване на Джеймс Клавел за неговия роман. Но въпреки това Горан Пауъл е успял да пресъздаде историята на Бодхидхарма по един увлекателен и интригуващ начин. В допълнение, стилът му е лек и приятен за четене и със сигурност ще се хареса не само на почитателите на бойните изкуства, но и на всички любители на исторически романи. Има от всичко по ...more
Simon Howard
Aug 17, 2015 Simon Howard rated it it was amazing
Calling this simply a Martial Arts novel is in my opinion a slight disservice, the good story telling, gentle pace and beautiful prose speaks volumes and several messages are being oh so subtlety conveyed at the same time as the monk's journey unfolds.. Well worth a read.
Antun Karlovac
Dec 19, 2011 Antun Karlovac rated it it was amazing
A Sudden Dawn has everything. It's an exciting story that follows a Buddhist monk from India to 6th-century China, where he starts the Shaolin monastery that we know today. The tale is intertwined with relevant historical facts, and real people and places. There's lots of fast-paced action, of course, since it's a martial arts novel. However that's balanced with spirituality that's amazingly believable and well-explained. The book incorporates fascinating historical themes that I didn't expect i ...more
Bonisani Sibeko
Apr 28, 2013 Bonisani Sibeko rated it it was amazing
A sudden dawn is easily one of the greatest pieces of mythical fiction I have ever read. I thoroughly enjoyed every single page. There were no low points, and the story captivated me from the opening line right to the last line, so much so that i was still looking for more to read even when I knew the story was finished.
Merril Anil
Jun 14, 2015 Merril Anil rated it really liked it
Shelves: in-my-library
the book is just powerful with such relatable and surprising tale of man that sadly his own people doesnt know but is cherished by the people miles apart from his own birth land...goran powell has done an amazing job in telling his story in a ficticious manner. his research efforts are well seen in the narration
Oct 07, 2010 Charmaigne rated it it was amazing
I loved it.
Really was a great read and the story was so descriptive itmade me feel as if I was taking the journey with the charaters.
Danny Williams
Feb 28, 2012 Danny Williams rated it it was amazing
Excellent book for those Martial Artists that aspire to get something more than just the physical self-improvements from their training.
Apr 13, 2013 Trevor rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook-drm-free
If you practice a martial art that ends in a "Do" you'll find yourself nodding along with the philosophy in the book.
Excellent read, I can't wait to read his forthcoming Miyagi book.
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Goran is a writer who holds a 5th Dan in Goju Ryu Karate. He lives in London and teaches and trains at Daigaku Karate Kai, one of the UK's strongest clubs. In 2006 his first book Waking Dragons was an instant bestseller on Amazon's martial arts listing and is now in its second edition. In 2008 he co-produced the highly acclaimed Four Shades of Black written by his Sensei Gavin Mulholland.

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