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The Samurai | [Shusaku Endo]

The Samurai

17th Century Europe, the first Japanese ever to set foot in Europe, travel to Rome on a diplomatic mission. All are baptised, but upon returning to Japan they discover that the Shoguns no longer wish to forge links with the West, nor will they tolerate the Christian religion. The Samurai who have until now reviled their adoptive religion, begin to find it may be all that is left for them. The events in the story actually took place.
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17th Century Europe, the first Japanese ever to set foot in Europe, travel to Rome on a diplomatic mission. All are baptised, but upon returning to Japan they discover that the Shoguns no longer wish to forge links with the West, nor will they tolerate the Christian religion. The Samurai who have until now reviled their adoptive religion, begin to find it may be all that is left for them. The events in the story actually took place.

©1980 Shusaku Endo; (P)2009 Audible Ltd

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    Michael Oakland, CA, United States 01-21-10
    Michael Oakland, CA, United States 01-21-10
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    "Well Written History Novel"

    The erudite writing suggests deep historical research, coupled with a sensitivity to realistic human motivations and emotions.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Plano, Texas 07-23-10
    Mark Plano, Texas 07-23-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Interesting"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    C Aspen, CO, United States 04-22-10
    C Aspen, CO, United States 04-22-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Exceptionally odd book"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    "Outstanding Story!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Samurai to be better than the print version?

    I always prefer print! But the audio is good.


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    What about David Holt’s performance did you like?

    He did a great job!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Winds of Change


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    "beautifully crafted"

    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.

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