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  • Posted March 22, 2011

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    Savages and Satori

    Having really liked Don Winslow's novel Savages, I looked at Satori in awe, thinking that he must really revere the Trevanian's novel Shibumi. I expected Satori to be a masterpiece, a tribute to Shibumi. Well, I wasn't far off. It is a pretty good story, but then again, it is just a story, with its own faults, confusing plot twists, and multiple characters too many of whom to keep tract. The identification of The Cobra was a huge letdown for me. I did appreciate all of the double-dealing; the inability to know who is your friend and who is your enemy. In the end, I really liked the novel, but if I was asked to recommend just one Winslow novel, it would be Savages.

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  • Posted September 3, 2013

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    Who did this to you?  Trevanian¿s novel Shibumi is one of my fav

    Who did this to you? 
    Trevanian’s novel Shibumi is one of my favorites. I’ve read it twice and am always astounded at the strength of the writing, the memorability of each scene and especially the engrossing main character, Nicholai Hel.
    I picked this book up off the library shelf because of its’ striking  design, but when I saw “A Novel Based on Trevanian’s Shibumi” I knew immediately what my next book would be.
    This story is a prequel to Shibumi and explores many ideas which were hinted at in that book. As a fan, it was a pleasure to discover how and why Nicholai Hel became such a fascinating character. The only problem this book has is trying to live up to its’ astounding predecessor. I don’t know why Trevanian himself never wrote a sequel, perhaps he intended to. Even Don Winslow, the author of Satori, admits trying to top the original to be a fools errand. But that doesn’t mean that he didn’t go ahead and write a great book anyway, and while it doesn’t best its’ source material it sure as hell earned a spot on my bookcase next to it.

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