Shūsaku Endō’s Silence: a book review

SilenceSilence by Shūsaku Endō

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Luminous. Numinous.

Set in a distant time and place, Silence reached into my bosom and held my heart, sometimes with a caress, sometimes with a cruel and brutal grip.

This account of Jesuit missionaries in Japan at a time when Christians were persecuted is a narrative of events, but even more it is a story of people: of heroism and cowardice, of commitment to a truth greater than oneself and of callow self-interest.

Not for the faint of heart, but definitely recommended as a serious work of philosophical fiction.

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4 Responses

  1. Maxine D says:

    Sounds a challenging book – I must keep an eye out for it.
    Blessings and prayers

  2. Endo’s great. You should try The Sea and Poison

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