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Silence - William Johnston, Shūsaku Endō
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"Silence I regard as a masterpiece, a lucid and elegant drama." Irving Howe. -- The New York Times Review Of Books
"Silence I regard as a masterpiece, a lucid and elegant drama." Irving Howe. -- The New York Times Review Of Books
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780800871864 (0800871863)
ASIN: 800871863
Publisher: Taplinger Publishing Company
Pages no: 201
Edition language: Japanese
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Chris' Fish Place
Chris' Fish Place rated it
I received a copy for free from Bedford/St Martins. I’m pretty sure I am going to hell. I’ve read plenty of Saints lives, and there is one thing about Christian martyrs that puzzles me. If suicide is wrong, then isn’t martyrdom also wrong. Wait, wait. Hear me out. I know lying is wrong too, don’t ge...
BrokenTune rated it
2.5 Silence
Many thanks to the More Historical Than Fiction book club for bringing this book to my attention. The premise of a story of catholic missionaries trying to spread Christianity in Japan really caught my interest because I have fond memories of reading Shogun, which featured a similar premise as a s...
Tannat rated it
2.0 Silence by Shusaku Endo
This depressing and mostly tedious book is about a 17th century Portuguese missionary priest in Japan. The topic of Christianity in Japan is in itself is somewhat interesting, I suppose, just because it’s not the type of thing I’d typically read but the book was mostly meh. Some interesting passages...
Lisa (Harmony)
Lisa (Harmony) rated it
4.0 Silence
This is a short novel, only 201 pages, and I read it in just a few hours. The prose is spare, almost minimalist, but that doesn't mean it isn't in the end powerful. The translator in his introduction calls the author Shusaku Endo the "Japanese Graham Greene," and in this work of historical fiction s...
The Holy Terror
The Holy Terror rated it
2.0 Silence
I read this for a pre-modern Japanese history course and as far as assigned reading goes, it wasn't bad. It's a pretty easy and fast read but a lot of the themes either went over my head or were unrelatable because I'm not Catholic. I had a hard time connecting with the characters; I just couldn't u...
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