©1980 Shusaku Endo; (P)2009 Audible Ltd
The erudite writing suggests deep historical research, coupled with a sensitivity to realistic human motivations and emotions.
This was an interesting view of a part of history I knew very little about. I was surprised by the religious theme running throughout until I read moreabout Mr. Endo. To be honest, the book was a little slow and lacked action. I am sure someone would argue that the glimpse into Japanese culture and the realness was amazing, but I found my interest waning.
this story does not hide any ugliness in the church it shows how manipulative the church can be for conversations and how even though all the churches filth the real Jesus can shine through.
I think I may have been almost halfway through when I really began to care about where this book was headed.
It's well written, well read, the story gets interesting, and the book has a greatly appreciated authentic feel about it. I just can't give it 5 stars because the whole time I wanted some action. This is absolutely not the intention of this book, and it would have helped if I had done more research before starting it.
I always prefer print! But the audio is good.
The Padre -
He did a great job!
Winds of Change
I think I will "google" the author for more information. Written by a Japanese individual who is most obviously Christian...or is he/she? Is this a satirical novel? I purchased the audio book as I am interested in the Samurai culture. However, the book has only a nominal connection to the Samurai culture and in a disheartening fashion, you come to understand very little about Samurai and a lot about the torment of faith. Lots of scriptural quotes at the end..very odd, indeed.
A beautifully crafted book and audio novel. Expertly read by David Holt. Also of merit are the Preface and Epilogue, which explain the translation and context, as well as the underlying historical facts which (in part) inspired the story.
"Front page should be Jesus on the cross"
I really felt the mood of the characters as they went through mental anguish, pain and suffering from which there was no relief.
There were also quiet shows of compassion and comradeship.
If you are drawn by the title and cover picture this book is probably not for you; it is steeped in religious fervour and is about a zealous Catholic missionary and four peasant Samurai who reluctantly go on an epic voyage to Europe as envoys for Japan.
I found the sample of this book the best and happiest part of the story. It is set mostly outside of Japan and based on true events, probably why I found it so gloomy. All five face hardship and disappointment with fortitude, the missionary via his religion and the Samurai through their culture.
I found it very depressing and kept expecting something good to occur, even something small but for me it didn't, perhaps for a religious person (Catholic Christian) it would.
It is a deep book that has left a deep mark on me but if you want to learn about Japan, it's culture and the Samurai, try another book like "Shogun".
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