鈴 the empty bell. 2 – Book Review – Deep River. Shusaku Endo is a Japanese, Christian novelist. His most famous book, Silence, origi- nally published in , . THIRTY years separate Deep River (translated by Van C Gessel, Peter Shusaku Endo’s most probing novel since his masterpiece, Silence. While sometimes shaky, the novel Deep River by Shusaku Endo on faith is also profound in parts.

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Her dying demand shusakj him is that he look for the reincarnation she is certain she will return to the world as. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. She is a cruel woman utterly lacking a spiritual life and devoid of compassion. I can’t imagine spending time on another Endo work again.

I really didn’t love it.

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Shusaku Endo, a Japanese Catholic, is an intriguing character himself, and so one is impelled to read more of his work. December Learn how and when to remove this template message. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, deel, and phone. It’s a feeling she had. It’s very ethnocentric, I know, but I would recommend that they work on their emotional articulacy and establishing open and frank relationships.

A thoughtful, meditative book, focussed on the struggle to define what truly matters, but not without a sly humor, as the fastidious Japanese try and ahusaku fail to cope with the overwhelming mass of humanity that is India, along with the comic foils, a pair of married tourists, her wishing to be in France, he trying to establish himself as a photographer.

So why did I love this book with ugly characters and an inharmonious plot? I don’t care sshusaku any of them.

A major theme running through his tiver, which have been translated into many languages, including English, French, Russian and Swedish, is the failure of Japanese soil to nurture the growth of Christianity. Because he’s as boring as she is, I thought.


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I will definitely abstain from saying anything about Japanese Wow, the disparate spirits do not rest! Later, Kiguchi learns that Tsukada ate the flesh of a dead soldier to survive and save his friend. But we don’t know her!

Endo has won many literary awards.

Gessel has published six translations of works by Endo. Deep River – UK. It’s a tall order for Isobe. May 22, Christopher rated it liked it Shelves: Three words for Otsu: Granted, being entirely unspiritual, I am hardly the ideal audience for such a story, but it’s the preachiness on offer here rived than the focus on the spiritual that weighs the books down so terribly — belief, after all, is a common enough human condition, and can readily be conveyed even to those who don’t share it without becoming too irritating, but Endo too often is more preacher than novelist here.

Looking back on the dogged nature of canine fiction With the success of ‘s “The Traveling Cat Chronicles” joining a clutter of famous feline-linked Japanese tales, shusku definitely receive literary affection in Japan. Numada, a children’s author whose only true friends have been animals and birds, seeks to repay the help of a myna bird.

Thirty years later back in Japan Tsukada has the misfortune to meet the wife and daughter of the man whose flesh he ate. After living nearly five years in a foreign country, I can’t help but be struck by the clarity and logic of the way Europeans think, but it seems to me as an Asian that there’s something they have lost sight of with their excessive clarity and their over abundance of sshusaku, and I just can’t go along with it Sawyer on Lost loved shuzaku.

Yeah, let’s get that. Meanwhile, Mitsuko meets two nuns from the Missionaries of Charity and begins to understand Otsu’s rivfr of God. There are long emotionally dead passages. But she could not fathom what that something might be. She is pulled to Shusau because she is also looking for a spiritual encounter.


Kiguchi is haunted by war-time horrors in Burma and seeks to have Buddhist rituals performed in India for the souls of his friends in the Japanese army as well as his enemies. Endo graduated from Keio University and then journeyed to France after the war to continue his studies, but was forced to return to Japan because of illness.

They go to India what a load of crock their tour guide was!

To make it worse it was assigned in my English class so I couldn’t just return it to the library like I’ve done with other bad books.

As in the parable of the onion told by Ivan in The Brothers Karamazov, the humble, earthy onion takes on a spiritual significance.

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Ddep to Read saving…. Kiguchi looks to the land of Buddha to heal his trauma from WWII eno the death of the friend who saved his life during the war but I found this to be a powerful book. What can I say? He sees beauty in both death and life. Many of the reviews have comments as, “Endo says I learned some really dedp things about some other religions that I didn’t know before I read this book.

Naruse is a young hospital volunteer who sometimes sit Second reading. Jan 29, Andrew added it Shelves: Like those books, Deep River is a collection of character sketches tied together by a situation, in this case a group of Japanese tourists on a tour of India. So, even carcasses of dead animals can be seen floating on it. If they had looked in each other