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Shibumi by Trevanian
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Mar 27, 2011

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bookshelves: culture, fiction, history, philosophy, religion, thriller
Read in March, 2011

A second read of Shibumi for me...I first read it decades ago when it first came out and this thriller about a Russian/German boy raised in China and adopted by a Japanese General and schooled in the mastery of Go and the art of assassination has always had a spot in my heart and mind. Nicholai Hel is one of your more intriguing anti-heroes and this book, the story of a retired killer being betrayed by the Mother Corporation intent on world domination, is less a plausible thriller than it is an intense vehicle for character exploration and philosophical ruminations on the nature of society and personal approach. That the role model for this meditation, so to speak, is a quiet and extremely effective killer is smart, provocative and true to the thinking Trevanian is trying to explore.

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