Endo's Shogun Novels
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  • Silence | Shusaku Endo

    Silence

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Shusaku Endo
    • Narrated By David Holt
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    (778)
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    Recipient of the 1966 Tanizaki Prize, it has been called Endo's supreme achievement" and "one of the twentieth century's finest novels". 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.

    Soul-searing

    This is one of the most powerful books I have ever read, bar none. With a forward by Martin Scorsese, who writes that he has found this book "increasi..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 25 2012 by Diane (Louisville, KY, United States)
  • The Samurai | Shusaku Endo

    The Samurai

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Shusaku Endo
    • Narrated By David Holt
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    (68)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (51)

    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.

    Well Written History Novel

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

    Reviewed on January 21 2010 by Michael (Oakland, CA, United States)