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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Dec 23, Brent rated it really liked it Shelves: His efforts ultimately lead to his peril as he is caught in the anti-Sikh uprisings in the country. The East-meets-West aspect of Deep Riverand the suggestion of how Christianity can meld with eastern religion — the way how he, near the end of his own life, fit all the pieces of his experience together– frequently threaten to overwhelm the book — but then, of course, that basically is the book.

Nov 08, Wen Cof rated it it was dep.

Deep River

Motivated by different forms of grief and guilt, each is searching for healing. That’s better than a hug. The ending is abrupt, although you can easily make your own conclusions. So why did I love this book with ugly characters and an inharmonious plot? Browse all BookRags Rver Guides.

The Ganges has never before been characterized in such a raw, personified way Each character finds an end to his own story, although may not seem to realize it, and some readers may not be satisfied by the Mitsuko-Otsu story ending that seems to be hanging.


I think he is within man, and that he is a great life force that envelops man, envelops the trees, envelops the flowers and grasses. She is a cruel woman utterly lacking a spiritual life and devoid of compassion. What about the burakumin? But we don’t know her! Numada frees a myna bird, in repayment to the bird who saved him. Favorite novel I’ve read.

The openness a Dang, yo. Isobe, grieving the death of the wife he ignored in life; Kiguchi, haunted by wartime memories of the Highway of Death in Burma; Numanda, 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.

It’s about Catholic missionaries to Japan in like the s and it’s kinda boring and pretty one-note but also well written and about an important culture clash.

So, a heaping 4. It’s hard not to see Deep River as Endo’s own religious summa. This is also a theme in one of my other favorite novels called “My Name is Asher Lev” by Chaim Potok where Asher Lev a little jewish boy is drawn to art, but he finds himself wanted to draw the ugly things in the world as much as the beautiful things. Retrieved from ” https: As he tells his French superiors: His novel The Samurai, published in the United States inis considered one of his finest works.

He does not tell her the truth, but as she sickens, she knows she is dying.

Although he is not Christian the sacrifice of Jesus is mirrored in his story. I loved the backstories of all the characters.


For him you only get to the truth by embracing the poor and outcast. British and colonial-Indian troops chased their unit through inhospitable terrain during the rainy season until starvation and illness set in.

And here is where part of the problem may be, Western readers are probably as ignorant of Hinduism and Buddhism as Asian readers are likely to be of Christianity.

Numada, who yearns for a connection with every living thing but finds it only with animals, has a back-story which could be its own novel, though that could be said of all these characters. I loved the book because it brings together ideas of Christianity, Buddhism and Hinduism. Sawyer on Lost loved it. Endo, a practising Catholic, returns to the theme of forcing a Christian to deny one’s faith, an idea which seems quaintly anachronistic now, but which he must feel strongly about to reintroduce it again.

Deep River – Endo Shusaku

Views Read Edit View history. Did he feel himself as outcast as Otsu who identified with the lowest caste of India? And then there is this idea that our existence is actually a river of humanity and we are all trying to connect with it. Right before his wife dies, she tells Isobe that she knows she shsuaku be reincarnated and begs him to search for her.