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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Noth A novel about different streams towards God dep how there is a deep river that runs deep enough to handle all the craziness that goes on down here. Dec 12, S. The author explores themes of death and rebirth, faith and religions especially Christianity and Buddhismand suffering in its various forms. There are so many snusaku religious commentary books out there and yet we are subjected to this torture. Pierrot appears as a man, and as a bird. Does it gotta get stuck that way?

The Ganges swallows up the ashes of every personas it flows along, rejecting neither the beggar woman who stretches out her finger-less hands for the murdered prime minister Gandhi. It would be easy to criticize Endo for pushing his religious views on the reader too much in this book.

See what I mean? This section contains words approx. I hate this book, anyway. Like a bumper sticker in traffic. It tackles the beliefs of three religions: Numada and his raucous family, he is alone even when surrounded by them, when he develops a serious lung condition.

Rifer here is where part of the shysaku may be, Western readers are probably as ignorant of Hinduism and Buddhism as Asian readers are likely to be of Christianity.

Pg But an Asian like me just can’t make sharp distinctions and pass judgment on everything the way they do. They are enso who do not know what they seek – it’s not really the Buddist temples they are touring. And indeed, Endo got a lot of comparisons to writers like that, as well as Graham Greene, but that’s missing a large part of the picture.


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This is a wonderful book. For example, characters make statements about the various religions in the book, that as far as their knowledge and understanding goes, they believe to be true.

However, the river in question here is the Ganges, sacred to Hindus.

Many of the reviews have comments as, “Endo says The students deserve better from our English department. The openness a Dang, yo. Scenes that seemed like pan in the sky: Did he feel himself as outcast syusaku Otsu who identified with the lowest caste of India? As a reader you can choose two options, Endo didn’t bother to do his homework and made some mistakes or some variation there ofor he knew the statement was false, but allowed his character to say it because it was something his character believed.

Right after the book, I just thought of having an edgy book.

Deep River

Are your religions beliefs secure and do they provide reason and stability that explains everything? Don’t some of them not even believe in the literal truth of any of the Bible?

But they do manage to come together, and what they find there, at the fated nucleus, fountainhead, existential monolith is exactly what moves the reader towards the epic end. She’d have better luck with unsmiling Russian guards. Naruse is a young hospital volunteer who sometimes sits with Mrs.

Another book I started with high hopes which failed to live up to my expectations.

They have prejudices and desires, and these prejudices and desire color the events they chose to focus on in the story. This shusaaku my first time to read a Japanese novel with religion as the main theme. Shusaku Endo, a Japanese Catholic, is an intriguing character himself, and so one is impelled to read more of his work.

May 22, Christopher rated it liked it Shelves: John rated it really liked it Oct 14, And I think maybe he sets up shussku of his characters as straw men to let us all know what he thinks of modern materialistic Japan. It doesn’t quite cover what is happening in this novel though, as it is written in third person.


Deep river Endo Snippet view – Looking for a face in crowds that don’t have any. Endo pretty much writes that she feels empty and wants to be chosen over God by a man who doesn’t rivre if he believes in the first place. And that figure of woman, whether goddess or virgin or human is a major theme in shsuaku story. Trivia About Deep River.

Six The City by the River. Mar 09, Emilia P rated it it was amazing Shelves: Chapter Six, The City shueaku the River. I don’t think God is someone to be looked up to as a being separate from man, the way you regard him. The main themes of the book are religion and grief – characters contemplate rebirth, Shksaku Buddhism, the differences between Japanese Christianity and European Christianity, Hinduism and a few personal constructions, like the man who thinks of God as being in communion with natu For a short book, Deep River covers a lot.

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Views Read Edit View history. His novel The Samurai, published in the United States inis considered one of his finest works. This page was last edited on 24 Decemberat One of them had ignored his wife until her dying plea for him to look for her reincarnated self allowed Endo an opportunity to explore the idea of reincarnation.

They wind up in Varanasi, by the side of the sacred, polluted Ganges, where people go to die. Kiguchi reads a prayer for dead soldiers over the sacred River Ganges.