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Considered controversial ever since its first publication, it tackles the thorniest religious issues of belief and faith head on.
A novel of historical fiction, it is the story of a Jesuit missionary sent to seventeenth century Japan, who endured persecution that followed the defeat of the Shimabara Rebellion.
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By Helgi Sigurbjörnsson on 10-12-17
Well worth listening to and then some. But there is one thing you NEED to know before you listen. Martin Scorcese has added foreword to the book that require a spoiler alert. In his admiration for Shusaku Endo's work he gives away important information that will affect how you interpret the story. Suffice to say that it is better to hear his interpretation of the book after but not before you listen. The actual story starts at 5:40 min and is not marked in any way on the audio file.
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By DAS on 03-07-17
A thought provoking story that was sad & inspirational in a dark & complicated way. Since there is soon to be a movie release of this book, I wanted to connect with the literature before seeing it on the big screen. It is not a "happy" tale yet very impactful & certainly worth the time. The devotion, courage and spirit in the lead character who is constantly at battle with himself, his faith or his antagonists shows a side of human nature that develops into intrigue, suspense & absurdities that are present in life. I enjoyed this audio version made pleasant by the narration of David Holt. It brought me to a difficult question wondering what would I do in the same circumstance?
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By Sandy on 09-18-10
How a man comes face to face with God
This novel follows the journey, literal and metaphysical, of one man, a missionary in 17th century Japan. He realises how human he is, and how inhumane his fellow humans can be. In the end he comes face to face with his own humanity, and in doing so comes face to face with God. Endo reaches the heart of the link between faith and the church. At times I found this novel sad, sickening, disheartening, yet as it progressed it became illuminating, challenging and ultimately life-affirming. A truly remarkable novel, one of the best books I have ever come across.
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By Heisenberg on 10-07-17
The silence of God in the face of suffering.
The story of a Portuguese missionary in 17th century Japan and how he comes to explain to himself God's silence in the face of persecution and suffering. It is a study in betrayal, with the story of Judas, as a persistent theme. Inevitably, the readers (listeners) religious beliefs will colour the message and understanding of the novel, but not I think, of his or her enjoyment, of what is an excellent, well written novel, beautifully read.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful