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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Order our Deep River Study Guide. I don’t know what the heck it had to do with ethics anyway. Sure, go to India if you like. On the surface, it’s just a story about a Japanese tourist group. Unreliable narrator is a term many people are probably familiar with from literature class. Each character presents a face of spirituality as a whole.

Deep River by Shūsaku Endō

For example, a lot of the coincidences and reunion moments that come off as cloying, forced efforts in Western novels Hesse’s Narcissus and Goldmund, prime example somehow work in a Japanese context — dwep in the same way I didn’t find myself questioning the motif of the reborn soul in Mishima’s Sea of Fertility, the consistent reappearance of Otsu, the sad-sack nonconformist priest in Deep River didn’t bother me either although Mitsuko riveer that she wants to destroy his faith, that made my eyes roll.

His novel Silence, was made into a major motion picture and premiered in November So is everyone else. Looking for a face in crowds that don’t have any. In the story there is one, and possibly two, character s who believe that Mary is a Goddess in the Roman Catholic Church. So when someone is reading along, and they come to a Hindu goddess named in the work, they are likely to think, “Oh okay, that is how it is.


Do you know that scene in Billy Madison when this is a major spoiler if you haven’t seen Billy Madison and still mean to Bradley Whitford’s character is asked to explain the difference between ethics and morals? Open Preview See a Problem? That’s not even the worst of it.

Especially since it’s featured in Season 6 of Lost. But the tour group is also in India, and is there during the assassination of Indira Gandhi.

Kiguchi, a former Japanese soldier who endured torturous hunger and illness in Burma during World War II, mourns the wartime friend who saved his life, but suffered and died because of his guilt.

Only Ohtsu, a renegade Catholic priest that one of the group knew in Japan, has found himself. Noth A novel about different streams towards God and how there is a deep river that runs deep enough to handle all the craziness that goes on down here.

Deep River by Endo Shusaku. So why did I love this book with ugly characters and an inharmonious plot?

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It’s very ethnocentric, I know, but I would recommend that they work on their emotional articulacy and establishing open and frank relationships. Views Read Edit View history.

Selected pages Title Page. Feb 17, Linda rated it it was amazing Shelves: Isobe, grieving the death of the wife he ignored in life; Kiguchi, nedo by wartime memories of the Highway of Death in Burma; Ehusaku, recovering from a critical illness; Mitsuko, a cynical woman struggling with inner emptiness; and butt of her cruel interest, Otsu, a failed seminarian for whom the figure on the cross is a god of many faces.

Deep River is your basic hollow travel guide story. If there was an other to look to Chapter Two, The Informational Meeting. After living nearly five years in a foreign country, I can’t help but be struck by the clarity and logic of the way Europeans think, but it seems to me as an Asian that there’s something they have lost sight of with their excessive clarity and their over abundance of logic, and I just can’t go along with it And just as Otsu had been taken off to a hospital on a litter, the nuns likewise disappeared in the river of people.


Not only are the questions uncomfortable, so are the characters. Isobe searches for his reincarnated wife, but fails to find her. And in Tokyo as well. So that’s what I thought this book captured really well — everyone suffers, and here shusaki a story about how four or five or six or seven!

The tour guide later takes a similar attitude towards the tourists, one of wanting to have revenge against them for no reason that makes sense to me. She seems to be following a student friend whom she had seduced and then dumped after forcing him to deny his faith.

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For this view he is damned by his pious, dogmatic teachers and fellow students. Did he feel as at odds with his faith and heritage as the central character, Otso, of Deep Rivet? This is my favorite Endo novel without question. Japanese tourists in India His novel The Samurai, published in the United States in riveer, is considered one of his finest works.

Kiguchi is ill, and Mitsuko stays to care for him. What the characters believe cause them to misinterpret many of the actions of others in the book. The other equally brilliant story was that of the soldier Kiguchi and I was entralled by the twist.