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Fuck I have to retract two stars and my rave review I mean, clearly it was a rave I d say this book loses the plot about half way through, but to be fair, there isn t really a plot Once the book leaves Japan and finds its home in Basque land, it rapidly becomes close to unbearable I am afraid that whilst I savoured the first half, the second I ended up just skimming I have way too many good books on the shelf to be spending precious time on this one.I am leaving my half cocked first discus Fuck I have to retract two stars and my rave review I mean, clearly it was a rave I d say this book loses the plot about half way through, but to be fair, there isn t really a plot Once the book leaves Japan and finds its home in Basque land, it rapidly becomes close to unbearable I am afraid that whilst I savoured the first half, the second I ended up just skimming I have way too many good books on the shelf to be spending precious time on this one.I am leaving my half cocked first discussion of this as it, testimony to my idiocy It follows.I m only half way through, but my opinion will not change This is a clear as day 5 star book and that s from a fussy star attributor.After having to read or start, at least popular best sellers of late which are so badly written Harry P., the third volume and the others of Northern Lights, the Dragon Tattoo trilogy it is a vast relief to be reminded that a book can be both finely written and unputdownable fun, thrilling and thoughtful It can even be propagandist, if it is done the right way Now that I think of it, is this a pattern HP, NL, DT are all volumes produced ad infinitum Shibumi could easily be like that, dragged out for ever, but instead it is one, standalone book And boy, does it stand alone Class of its own This, quoted from Trevanian s own site Q Americans are reading lots of books, but at least anecdotally it appears they are reading blockbusters and that smaller, literary titles are being pushed to the margins Do you see a similar trend in Europe, and what impact will this have A Alas, yes, it s coming to Europe as well and it s a great pity A lot of excellent new writers will never get read This is hardest on the story tellers of America, because writers of attractively packaged fact and history are still doing fairly well, although even these readerships are dwindling, captured by the internet and by the electronic games that consume so much of the time of the kinds of kids who used to read history and science.The shadow of literary globalization is falling across all of western Europe, and will hit the English writing countries first, as English is the language of commerce, and therefore it s the foreign language of preference for the teeming populations whose five hundred word vocabularies limit them to language on a comic book level Hence Barbara Cartland is still the most popular English language writer in India And I ve heard there is a similar dumbing down impulse at home, where a series of children s books by a very canny English writer is the most popular read on American campuses.Does this mean that HP, NL and DT had to be badly written That although Shibumi was a best seller in its day, late seventies, now it would not survive, it is too intelligent and well written The point is not that they are reading blockbusters, but that once upon a time these blockbusters were well crafted things, at least if this book is any guide In fact, Shibumi has been an eye opener for me I have been sticking up for some of these books lately when clearly I should not have been But if Manny is correct in suggesting, as Trevanian is also observing, that English is going through a period of simplification and that this is the consequence, badly written tripe being lapped up by the reading public, what a tragedy I can t imagine a world in which we have lost the capacity to say interesting things, because we have had the linguistic skills necessary to do so taken away by generations of illiterate facebookers and smsers.I expect there will beto come here after I have finished the book, but for now, I thought it was interesting to read what the author had to say later about his opinion on Israel and its neighbours Q Since I first read Shibumi and then reread it twenty years later, my opinion of the Israeli Palestinian situation has changed entirely, as a result of becoming much better informedHas your opinion in this regard at all changed since Shibumi has been published A I hope there are many Americans who can remain flexible through the fog of prejudice and fear about this issue.Things have changed almost entirely in Israel Palestine over the nearly thirty years since I wrote Shibumi the underdogs have become the bullies, and intractable fundamentalists call the shots in Israel what in Shibumi we called the Mother Company the Petro chemical Mafia have inserted their creature into the White House and the greatest potential for ecological disaster is no longer man s lazy thirst for oil, but rather his soaring over population.Nicholas Hel would not have lent his support to the current leaders of Israel He would have wished the current rational leaders of Palestine all good fortune in negotiating towards peace with justice, now that Arafat is no longer in the way Footnote Arafat s end has all the marks of an inside job, almost surely with the assistance of the second bureau Israel, of course, knew what was going on, and it s likely that they informed the United States, but that s not sure It s hard to put limits on the incompetence of American intelligence services Each time we find a lower value, they prove they can fail even that so Israel might not have informed us early enough for us to get our clumsy hands into things and mess them up What should America do now Using such tatters of even handedness as we still possess, we should guide drag, if necessary the Israelis into as fair and honest a sharing of land and water as is possible Then we must open our hands and carefully step back, out of Middle East affairs, turning them over to the United Nations.I wonder when this was written, it shows an unlikely trust in the United Nations, which in my opinion, is shamefully bereft of moral purpose.Oh, and this I must take issue with all my friends who have reviewed this It is not just a fun book, or a thriller It is a very strongly felt position about how we are living and how we should live This book manages to hammer and hammer and hammer this message home, whilst making you feel like you are just reading a best seller That he has managed to write something so entirely enjoyable whilst doing this is such a feat, I am completely in awe of it Shibumi is, without question, the stupidest book I have ever read Period Full stop It s not close Shibumi is the 1927 Yankees of stupid books John Grisham and Dan Brown, working together, operating at the peak of their vaguely misogynist, airport novel spewing powers, could never hope to approach the mind exploding stupidity of this book.The protagonist of Shibumi, Nikolai Hel, is best described as an amalgam of James Bond, Bruce Lee, Robert Mitchum and Jesus Christ He is the least plausib Shibumi is, without question, the stupidest book I have ever read Period Full stop It s not close Shibumi is the 1927 Yankees of stupid books John Grisham and Dan Brown, working together, operating at the peak of their vaguely misogynist, airport novel spewing powers, could never hope to approach the mind exploding stupidity of this book.The protagonist of Shibumi, Nikolai Hel, is best described as an amalgam of James Bond, Bruce Lee, Robert Mitchum and Jesus Christ He is the least plausible, most ridiculous character in all of western fiction He can kill any opponent, bed any woman, and presumably bed any opponentbut only if it was a girl opponent.Hel is a master of an unnamed and undescribed martial art referred to as Naked Kill which allows him to use household objects as deadly weapons, and much as made of the fact that it is completely impossible to defend yourself against him Riiiiiight.As the book jacket states, Hel is the ultimate assassin, but he cares not for such things, preferring instead to meditate on eastern philosophy in his enormous Basque castle and go spelunking yes, seriously emerging only to collect new female acolytes for sex training I believe the term Stage IV Lovemaking ability is used w r t to our hero at one point.About half the book is devoted to Nikolai s childhood raised by Japanese prostitutes, of course and coming of age as master assassin sex deity, before finally getting to the plot in which the Mother Corporation tries to hire him, then kill him when he refuses I will leave it to you bright sparks to figure out who triumphs in the end.In my research for Shibumi quotes, I came across a wiki on bookshelved.org where the authors refer to Shibumi as a sardonic sendup of the spy novel genre They express incredulity thatreviews the book as a straight thriller One refers to the book as pure camp and one long piss take from cover to cover.This is food for thought If Shibumi was written as satire, my rating would immediately go from 1 star to four or 5 There is no denying that this book is funny If it was MEANT to be funny, I would have to take back most of the bad things I have ever said about it The Wiki on Trevanian nee Robert Whitaker, university professor could be interpreted as evidence Surely an educated man would not have created this thinly veiled masturbatory fantasy for ineffectual 12 year old boys in earnest He must be jokingright I don t know I just don t know Suffice to say, Shibumi stands alone It is, to borrow from my main man Neal Stephenson, fractally stupid meaning that if you were to examine any minute aspect of it, that aspect would be as stupid as the book in its entirety He once killed a man while in a small room with 4 guards only paces away.His mother was Russian, his father was German and he was raised by a Japanese Army general.He can speakthan six languages including Basque.He prefers caving to mountain climbing because it ismanly.He is not only the world s most deadly assassin but also the world s most accomplished lover.He is a genius and a mystic, a warrior and a gardener.He is Nicholai Hel, the world s most interesting man.Very enjoyable boo He once killed a man while in a small room with 4 guards only paces away.His mother was Russian, his father was German and he was raised by a Japanese Army general.He can speakthan six languages including Basque.He prefers caving to mountain climbing because it ismanly.He is not only the world s most deadly assassin but also the world s most accomplished lover.He is a genius and a mystic, a warrior and a gardener.He is Nicholai Hel, the world s most interesting man.Very enjoyable book First of all, this is really two stories the surface story of a cool elitist professional assassin and the second is the narrated story, told by Trevanian, with humor, wit and satire Honestly the second story, the gem of a storyteller tale was the better Sometimes it was high adventure and sometimes it was laugh out loud funny, as Trevanian, with a wry wink and nod, reminded the reader that this was a tall tale, have some fun with it One footnote really was the author, making a left field comment about some of his earlier books.I was intrigued to learn that the John Wick stories were heavily influenced by this book and in the first film, when Wick is driving onto the airstrip, the guard is reading Shibumi.Shibumi is a demonstration of a lost art form the armchair remembrance, the bawdy but hypnotic memoir We ve all known someone who could tell about a trip to the post office to buy stamps and make it fun, and Trevanian may be the world s greatest such someone 1 2 3 4 5 Senses Working Overtime SEE the assassin in his youth see him as a child in war torn Shanghai, as a young Go Master in Japan, as a dutiful son and as a tortured prisoner, as an expert caver in Basque Spain, as an equally expert Stage IV Lovemaker see him enact the Delight of the Razor upon his lovely and loving concubine see him destroy his enemies in an equally subtle fashion HEAR the clock ticking an assassin does not live forever shall he go to his grave as a disposa 1 2 3 4 5 Senses Working Overtime SEE the assassin in his youth see him as a child in war torn Shanghai, as a young Go Master in Japan, as a dutiful son and as a tortured prisoner, as an expert caver in Basque Spain, as an equally expert Stage IV Lovemaker see him enact the Delight of the Razor upon his lovely and loving concubine see him destroy his enemies in an equally subtle fashion HEAR the clock ticking an assassin does not live forever shall he go to his grave as a disposable pawn to the malevolent Mother Company or shall he go to his grave in a state of meditative bliss shall he go to his grave at all listen to the sound of your heartbeat as you await his decision he hears you, hiding in that cave, blind and foolish and terminally Western in your inability to truly listen die, deaf Westerner, die SMELL the sour tang of fear, the smell of sweat flowing from under your arms to soak your expensive business suit as you contemplate who exactly you have crossed you have crossed a Master of the Naked Kill technique smell yourself, businessman you smell like a fool die, fool, die TASTE the sumptuous flavors served to you in an assassin s lair do they remind you of the unctuous flavors of french cuisine or the brassy flavors of american bbq you are being served the flavors of the two nations our assassin despises the most notice the meals of the assassin and his concubine simple brown rice and sauteed vegetables enjoy your fatty decadence, Westerner will it be your last FEEL the calm and warming presence of the sublime meadow that is the assassin s mystical meditative psychic retreat and what shall come to those blundering dolts who dare encroach upon this special Happy Place you have one guess it is a word that starts with D, foolish Company Man you think this is a tale of a deadly assassin forced into battle with evil corporate interests forces that are set upon his destruction in order to further their evil corporate goals of fascist world domination YOU ARE WRONG this is a story that is aboutstylestyle over substance style that equals substance style that is superior to the whinging, entitled, utterly deluded and very Western sense of substance substance that actually equals grandiose self absorption style that equals form and form that equals meaning if you are looking for a book that will give you a fast paced tale of devious dark deeds and sweet revenge and justice righteously served look elsewhere, dum dum but if you are looking for a novel that takes you to a place of contemplation, a place of understanding that the things we do may not amount to much but the way we do things the meaning that is implicit in how we actually move about in the world and how that represents what is truly important that that is what is important, that that is what is genuinely meaningful well, this is the book for youTo be truthful, I hadn t expected such good form from you Most people of your age and class are so wrapped up in themselves so concerned with what they re into that they fail to realize that style and form are everything, and substance a passing myth He opened his eyes and smiled as he made a pallid effort to imitate the American accent It ain t what you do, it s how you do itplus, a special bonus Sixth Sense included free of charge PROXIMITY AWARENESSfoolish Westerners like to imagine that the sixth sense is telepathy or perhaps seeing dead people ha what use is that exactly why waste time hearing the despairing dead in their various depressing doldrums and what is the use of reading the tedious and predictable thoughts of your tedious and predictable fellow humans i for one am happy to be spared the monotony of those insights instead, Shibumi offers a delightful and very useful sixth sense Proximity Awareness i would much prefer to be aware of when someone is approaching, or thinking about me, or contemplating using a camera or gun on me all the better to avoid such monotonous interactions If you ve ever wanted to know what it takes to become the world s hottest lover and most kick ass ninja style assassin, then Shibumi lets you in on the secret First, you need to learn to play Go well then you have to become fluent in Basque Real Go players tell me I m about second Dan strength, but unfortunately I don t know any Basque at all One out of two ain t bad, I guess Anyway, you ve probably figured out why I adore this engagingly crazy book.I thought If you ve ever wanted to know what it takes to become the world s hottest lover and most kick ass ninja style assassin, then Shibumi lets you in on the secret First, you need to learn to play Go well then you have to become fluent in Basque Real Go players tell me I m about second Dan strength, but unfortunately I don t know any Basque at all One out of two ain t bad, I guess Anyway, you ve probably figured out why I adore this engagingly crazy book.I thought of Shibumi last week when I was in Japan, and wondered whether I should add something here about the plot I don t really think it s necessary Basically, it s just your standard boy meets girl, boy becomes champion Go player, girl gets killed in nuclear attack, boy switches profession and becomes ninja style assassin, boy learns Basque, boy meets second girl, boy and second girl play a lot of advanced sex games, boy meets third girl, third girl gets killed by shadowy Arab American multinational company, boy swears revenge, boy Oh, well I admit it It s not completely standard But, you know, just minor variations on the usual theme.If you ve never bothered to look at the Wikipedia article on Trevanian, it s worth reading This was my favorite bit It was rud that Trevanian was Robert Ludlum writing under a pen name Trevanian rejected that idea stating, I don t even know who he is I read Proust, but not much else written in the 20th century.When are they going to make a movie about him I had vaguely heard of Shibumi by reputation, but never actually having had read it, I decided to take the dive And quite the dive it was with spies and assassinations, sex, and vengeance After a few hundred pages of backstory, it blisters through the plot at breakneck speed The protagonist is the deadly Nicholai Hel, assassin of terrorists and aspirer to the Japanese state of perfect consciousness, or shibumi We learn of his birth to a Russian Aryan German mother and unknown German father i I had vaguely heard of Shibumi by reputation, but never actually having had read it, I decided to take the dive And quite the dive it was with spies and assassinations, sex, and vengeance After a few hundred pages of backstory, it blisters through the plot at breakneck speed The protagonist is the deadly Nicholai Hel, assassin of terrorists and aspirer to the Japanese state of perfect consciousness, or shibumi We learn of his birth to a Russian Aryan German mother and unknown German father in pre war Shanghai, the effect of the Japanese invasion on China, his surrogate Japanese fatherin fact the book covers a lot of ground between Chinese, Japanese, and Basque culture and history Nicholai s adoptive Japanese father ultimately is drawn into the war and sends the boy to Japan to study the Japanese game of Go with Otake san, a Dan seven legend Otake san teaches the boy many things, not the least of which about the knowledge of older people never resent the advantage of experience your elders have Recall that they have paid for this experience in the coins of life and have emptied a purse that cannot be refilled p 117 It is interesting to note that most of Hel s make companions from then on are his age or older I also appreciated this twist on a common maxim Many Japanese seemed not to realize that the propaganda of the victor becomes the history of the vanquished p 141.Arrayed against our hero is the Mother Company, one of those Hydra like supra governmental organizations representing the power of oil and telecommunications forcing various militaristic organizations such as the CIA and both MI 5 and MI 6 under their heel Sort of like Crown Prince Bonesaw allied with Zuch and Huawei with Pompeo and Mom all working for him Except he s a she Well, anyway, these baddies are willing to kill nine people in the elimination of just two and, of course, miss the one that will be able to lure Hel out of retirement to fight for her cause In a nutshell, that is the core of the plot One interesting sidenote is how, as far back as 1980, Trevanian was insightful and visionary enough to see the evil potential of a supercomputer like Facebook and Google today that studies minute actions of all of the world s citizens called Fat Boy interesting choice of name also given the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima and Hel s first love interest So, you can think of Hel as a sort of Ed Snowden that can kill you with a playing card or drinking straw Did that get your attention Needless to say, there are high moments and low moments in this epic struggle including a long cave sequence too long that becomes critical to one of the key moments late in the plot No Spoilers, I promise Along the way, we learn of Hel s few friends Hana his concubine with whom he has level IV sex this sex is never described because as the author points out in a footnote, detailed descriptions performed incorrectly could produce permanent harm in the practioners see the footnote on page 179 Le Cagot his boisterous Basque caving friend who is a Zorba the Greek kind of larger than life Dionysian giant The Gnome De Llandes who is is intellectual counterpart providing him with a backdoor into Fat Boy and thus leverage against the big boysWe only meet the Gnome briefly, but we are able to see a true bromance having formed I liked how De Llandes telescopes their friendship into twelve hours We have know each other forthan twenty years, butwe have shared perhaps a total of twelve hours of intimate conversation, of honest inquiry into one another s minds and emotionsActually, that s not bad Most good friends and married couples these are seldom the same thing could not boast twelve hours of honest interest after a lifetime of shared space and irritations, of territorial assertions and squabbles p 405 I found that rings true because my best, deepest friendships are with those I spend the least time with to some degree.As for the book, the style is very late 70s with loads of sexism braless boobs, carelessly exposed pubic hair and James Bond like sex and loads of clich s the tired ones about Arabs, but also about Americans and French see the diatribe by Le Cagot in the cave Perhaps, it was partly as satire of Bond literature, and there were strong female characters such as Hana albeit that her position was due to her expertise in sex and Mrs Perkins, but most of the female characters were relatively superficial like ill fated Hannah So, don t expect the multi cultural positivity of Leigh Bardugo or Suzanne Collins here.As for Hel, he is a fascinating anti hero There was a time in the comedy of human development when salvation seemed to lie in the direction of order and organization, and all the great Western heroes organized and directed their followers against the enemy chaos Now we are learning that the final enemy is not chaos, but organization not divergence, but similarity not primitivism, but progress And the new hero the antihero is the one who makes a virtue of attacking the organization, of destroying the systems We realize now that the salvation of the race lies in that nihilist direction, but we still don t know how far p 407 I would add that even now, 40 years later, we still have not decided on this We have both kinds of heros Superman representing the former and Batman representing the latter or if we take Marvel characers, Iron Man vs Captain American in Avengers Civil War , so I found that particularly insightful.Overall, a fun and interesting read Exciting and with a positive message overall despite the hundred and eight corpses that litter the pages mostly bad guys or avenged good guys A worthy read that entertains to a great degree and educates to a minor one again when one filters out the sexism and racism If you re into stuff like this, you can read the full review.Authority Without Domination Shibumi by Trevanian Miss Swivven regretted two aspects of her career this getting sunburned every week or so, and the occasional impersonal use Mr Diamond made of her to relieve his tensions Still, she was philosophic No job is perfect In Shibumi by Trevanian Hana laughed softly Do call me Hana After all, I am not Nicholai s wife I am his concubine In Shibumi by TrevanianI ve read Shibu If you re into stuff like this, you can read the full review.Authority Without Domination Shibumi by Trevanian Miss Swivven regretted two aspects of her career this getting sunburned every week or so, and the occasional impersonal use Mr Diamond made of her to relieve his tensions Still, she was philosophic No job is perfect In Shibumi by Trevanian Hana laughed softly Do call me Hana After all, I am not Nicholai s wife I am his concubine In Shibumi by TrevanianI ve read Shibumi a long time ago Its appeal was so great at the time that immediately after having finished it, I wanted to take up Basque lessons and learn to play Goo Apparently and according to Trevanian, chess and Goo are utterly different How would you compare chess with Goo Nicholai thought for a second Ah what Goo is to philosophers and warriors, chess is to accountants and merchants Read on, if you re not afraid to read hich octane literature disguised as spy fiction I picked this up because it s been selected by a group I m in as a group read I doubt I ll do much in that conversation as I am MAJORLY disappointed in this book.You know, since the late 1960s or so the CIA has become the favored whipping boy I apologize for the cliche given my complaints about the book If the CIA really had as many traitorous, evil, inept and or downright stupid agents as I ve seen in movies, books and on TV there would be no good agents I was tempted to put in a link to I picked this up because it s been selected by a group I m in as a group read I doubt I ll do much in that conversation as I am MAJORLY disappointed in this book.You know, since the late 1960s or so the CIA has become the favored whipping boy I apologize for the cliche given my complaints about the book If the CIA really had as many traitorous, evil, inept and or downright stupid agents as I ve seen in movies, books and on TV there would be no good agents I was tempted to put in a link to the CIA Memorial Wall That s the wall where nameless stars are inset in a wall for agents killed in the line of duty.Need I say that I realize the CIA has some asses and the I know some operations were quite probably far from kosher Then again there are bad cops, soldiers who run or turn traitor and so on The Army, Marines, Air Force and Navy could never function treated the way the CIA is I know, I was in in the early 70s discharged in 75 I was once cursed by a teen for wearing my Class A uniform.Here we open going right down the line with so many cliches I figure they must have come from somewhere like plots and characters are us We meet CIA types who are plotting with an Islamic radical against Israel We are also covering up global warming because we are obviously slaves of the Military Industrial Complex To make matters worse one of the CIA types has a southern country accent Obviously he s not only evil he s stupidas all people from anywhere but a coastal city are We watch as the CIA pulls off an assassination and then kills their own men the assassins just to be sure, you know.Standard operating procedure I mean maybe back in the 1960s and the 1970s the first 10,000 or so times this idea plot was done it might have been originalbut no.I find the book derivative, predictable and cliche ridden Enjoy this if it s what you like I m happy for you I can t recommend it Nicholai Hel is such a stud duck bad ass that even if James Bond, Indiana Jones, Jason Bourne and the Dos Equis s Most Interesting Man in the World banded together to try and take him down, he d just kill them all with a drinking straw while lecturing them on the evils of their materialism Then he d have mind blowing sex with their girlfriends.Hel was born to a exiled Russian countess in Shanghai in the 20s and a Japanese general thinks the young man has such an exceptional talent for the game Nicholai Hel is such a stud duck bad ass that even if James Bond, Indiana Jones, Jason Bourne and the Dos Equis s Most Interesting Man in the World banded together to try and take him down, he d just kill them all with a drinking straw while lecturing them on the evils of their materialism Then he d have mind blowing sex with their girlfriends.Hel was born to a exiled Russian countess in Shanghai in the 20s and a Japanese general thinks the young man has such an exceptional talent for the game Go that he sends him to Japan to train Hel spends years before and during World War II learning the game and immersing himself in Japanese culture After the war, he gets on the bad side of the occupation forces and spends years in prison Once released, he becomes an international assassin.Decades later, Hel has retired to his chateau in the mountains with the Basque where he indulges in his hobby of spelunking However, when the niece of an old friend gets caught up in an international conspiracy led by an oil corporation, Hel will have to decide if an old debt to that friend extends to protecting the woman against powerful international forces.I only vaguely knew about Trevanian after reading Incident at Twenty Mile, but since Don Winslow, one of my favorite crime writers, just released an authorized prequel to this book, I had to check it out What I found is that Trevanian has done a sly parody of the spy novel here with the incredible Hel being a character of pulp superhero style attributes Not only he is brilliant with a gift for languages, he is also a mystic capable of going into trances where he becomes one with the universe and he has a proximity sense that allows him to sense other people and their moods In addition to all that, he s a martial arts expert and a world class cave explorer Oh, and he s the world s foremost lover who can literally ruin a woman for other men if he unleashes his full power upon her.Trevanian s playing with the format of the spy novel extends to the structure of the book The first half of the novel consists of the minions of the evil Mother Company researching Hel s origin story after the become worried that he may try to ruin their plans The whole idea of the Mother Company being an energy conglomerate that is the real power behind the government to the point where their man Diamond has set up his own office in the CIA and started giving orders to everyone is a conspiracy theorist s dream come true After half the book is spent discussing what a bad ass Hel is, the next quarter of the book is an account of Hel and his friend exploring a cave It s only in the last part of the book that the action picks up, but even then, we barely see Hel actually do anything although he does manage to pile up a respectable body count in the last chapters I liked this book and the way that Trevanian was having some fun with the genre by creating such an over the top character but playing it completely straight However, there was one aspect that kept bugging me Trevanian was a staunch anti materialist Hel shares this attitude and looks down his nose with contempt at the merchants of the world He has claimed the moral high ground by living in his mountain house with few modern comforts.Yet, even thought Hel is continually portrayed as being the superior person for his way of life, there s no mention made about how a guy who claims to hate materialism spent years killing people for money, and then spent a fortune on a house in the mountains to live in isolation So I guess it takes a huge amount of money to truly live a non materialistic lifestyle After a while, Hel s smug and hypocritical attitude about this annoyed the hell out of me because it seemed like the one part of the book Trevanian was serious about ^DOWNLOAD EBOOK ⇲ Šibumi ↡ Trevanian v rom n Shibumi,nep estal b t od sv ho prvn ho vyd n ve Spojen ch st tech bestsellerem a stal se ve sv m nru klasick m a kultovn m d lem Nab z ten i nejen vynikaj c literaturu, ale je to rovn rom n, kter skute n m e zm nit v ivot Trevanian je pseudonym, za n m se skr v vysoko kolsk profesor historie, co vysv tluje adu popisovan ch historick ch ud lost a detail , politick ch 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