25 Jun THIRTY years separate Deep River (translated by Van C Gessel, Peter Owen, pounds ), Shusaku Endo’s most probing novel since his. 24 Jan A review, and links to other information about and reviews of Deep River by Endo Shusaku. Deep River Summary & Study Guide. Shusaku Endo. This Study Guide consists of approximately 33 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis.

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He is willing to express where others may have only been thinking or burying deep within them. Maybe due to translation, I was surprised by the emotion and poetry of the writing, something I haven’t seen from other Japanese eendo I’ve read. Endo, a practising Catholic, returns to the theme of forcing a Christian to deny one’s faith, an idea which seems quaintly anachronistic deel, but which he must shusaiu strongly about to reintroduce it again.

The Autobiography of St. Deep River was one of them. I will draw a conclusion that Endo found the essence of Christ in the suffering sacrifice rather that the victorious resurrected champion of the prosperity gospel. I think more people would NOT like this book than do. Numada has a deep love for animals ever since he was a child in Manchuria. Shusaku Endo is one of our recent additions to the J-Lit Giants hall of fameand a well deserved one.

There are others on the trip too, including a veteran of the war who suffered greatly during the Japanese campaign in Burma, a successful author who writes “stories with dogs and birds as their main characters”, and a couple on their honeymoon. I must try read Silence again. One of the characters, not mentioned in the previous paragraph, could be thought of as a Christ figure.

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View all 10 comments. But this remains a book a book about spiritual journeys — which would be fine if it weren’t so freighted with a specific message, which can make it tough to take. She is a cruel woman utterly lacking a spiritual life and devoid of compassion.


You depe commenting using your Twitter account. Unsurprisingly, her marriage failed, and obviously she’s also been looking for ‘meaning’ in her life — hence also her penance cum charity work dealing with patients at the hospital.

‘Deep River’ by Shusaku Endo (Review)

It was directed by Kei Kumai. It’s about accepting and bearing suffering, and trying to love.

Lists with This Book. Japanese novels tend, for me, to be somewhat hard to understand at a fundamental level – there always seems to be something presented as a universal feeling whusaku action that baffles me. I chose to read the novel originally because Varanasi is probably the most amazing place to which I have traveled, a holy Hindu city on the Ganges in India also known as Benaras.

It is interesting to learn how other cultures view each other. They have incorr Unreliable narrator is a term many people are probably familiar with from literature class.

Japanese novelist Endo combines a harsh critique of the emptiness in modern lives with a religious vision of spiritual rebirth. In terms of function, it has been a long time since a book touched me and affected me so deeply maybe the cans of IPA’s I drank while reading this helped, too. Three words for Otsu: He shussku not tell her the truth, but as she sickens, she knows she is dying.

A myna bird his wife has brought him for company in the hospital, he believes, dies in his stead. For Mr Numada it is a mystical connection with nature embodied by a Myna bird. Chapter Five, The Case of Kiguchi. Yet, there are also moments so charged with feeling they consume all in their path, carry them along for a bit and then leave behind ones willing to do anything to catch up.


I bought this eiver to decide ir I wanted to take a short course about it. Her last wish was for him to look for her after her death enod you see, she believes in reincarnation… The story starts off slowly as we learn about the background of the main characters and their reasons for joining the tour. Yes he wrote the story, and collected sections out of the lives of his characters, but it is his characters that are saying and doing things. So the psychologies of these very Eastern characters is like mana from heaven, we unaccustomed to such unabashed neosemiEuropean shksaku.

The author explores themes of death and rebirth, faith and religions especially Christianity and Buddhismand suffering in its various forms.

Deep River: Shusaku Endo, Van C. Gessel: : Books

Ships from and sold by Amazon. What Shusaku Endo tried to do with his novel is something I can appreciate in a “That’s a nice message” kind of way.

In Deep River however something entirely new happens. The river is a backdrop to the later story and the scene of several pivotal events. I felt the pathos of the characters and the current of the Ganges. The story traces the journey of four Japanese tourists on a tour to India. Chapter One, The Case of Isobe. Tony, not just big fat weddings and filth. Did he feel himself as outcast as Otsu who identified with the lowest caste of Ind Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

This question is never addressed. They also scatter the ashes of their dead people believing that they will have a peaceful journey to reincarnation.