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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Deep River – Endo Shusaku

A something that would provide her with a sure sense of fulfillment. And that the road of death Mr. Derppages. There is also a risk involved because if you the reader does not know that the character is mistaken, you are less likely to ask further questions of the text. So when someone is reading along, and they come to a Hindu goddess named in the work, they are likely to think, “Oh rived, that is how it is.

A third pilgrim had suffered atrociously in Burma. But overall — I really enjoyed this and feel like returning to this book again.

The fourth protagonist is a woman who believes she has no capacity for love. They also scatter the ashes of their dead people believing that they will have a peaceful journey to reincarnation. Reading Deep River is like having a sugar rush.

But for those of us you inexplicably think what the world tells us about itself is most likely wrong And in Tokyo as well. He sees beauty in both death and life. When he died inonly two novels were chosen to be placed inside his coffin. The Ganges has never before been characterized in such a raw, personified way That he should also be in Varanasi, striving to live a meaningful life by helping the Untouchables carry bodies to the Ghats, and that he should die saving a clueless tour member who is insensitively trying to photograph the funeral pyres, stretches coincidence to the limits, but the whole works because it is a nifty way to talk about contrasting religious beliefs.


Chapter Four, The Case of Numada. See what I mean? December Learn how and when to remove this template message. Sure, all religions should get along and are as valid as any other. The characters were fighting the great gnawing hunger in the stomach that’s dread of nothing to look forward to. A failed Catholic priest, he is a type of Prince Myshkina bumbling Christ like figure, full of goodness. They believe that the river is holy because its water comes from a confluence of many small streams and thus it has its cleansing effect.

Not only are the questions uncomfortable, so are the characters. His novel Silence, was made into a major motion picture and premiered in November Deep River – US. Dec 23, Gloria Chen rated it it was amazing. Eventually, this leads him to join a group tour to India, inwhere he thinks he might find what he’s looking for.

But Endo was a Roman Catholic and he knew what he believed. So why would his characters state sbusaku Mary was a Goddess? It talks about One God.

Endo’s characters all end up seeming contrived and sometimes ridiculous in their actions and dialogue as the stories progress and they make their pilgrimages to the Hindu and Buddhist holy sites along the Ganges. Buddism, Catholicism and Hinduism. I saw another review somewhere before I started reading this that said: The openness and full-heartedness of the latter belies a suusaku with the wisdom and sadness and understanding of a whole life between these books – but it’s still very clearly the same dude — a person who cares about faith and the soul, in a way that is very Japanese and un-Japanese at the same time.

All these characters,who respond to suffering in different ways, join a tour group going to India to see the Buddhist holy sites. His writings also reflect on his experiences during World War II during the bombings and the subsequent shortage of basic human necessities for the Japanese people. In India he finally breaks with the Church and finds a welcome from a group of local saddhus, Hindu mendicants. Dec 12, S. I loved the book because it brings together ideas of Christianity, Buddhism and Hinduism.


Deep River Summary & Study Guide

I look for answers in art. So, they submerge themselves there, swim and even rinse their mouths, unmindful of the fact that the water is ranked among the top 5 most polluted rivers in the world envo due to high levels of fecal coliform bacteria.

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Pg The Onion had died many long years ago, but he had been reborn in the lives of other people. I think Endo is saying we use most of our energy avoiding the very things that really do give us the connection to everything else we need.

She goes to India hoping to find the meaning of life. Are there ethics about not getting away with not writing a real book because you tacked on a religious answer?

As a reader you can choose two options, Endo didn’t bother to do his homework and made some mistakes or some variation there ofor he knew the statement was false, but allowed his character to say it because it was something his character believed. There was no conclusion to the book. Kiguchi wants to undertake a Buddhist ceremony of remembrance for Tsukada and the soldiers who traveled the Highway of Death.

At one point he had brought Kiguchi meat he identified as that of a dead cow. 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?

There is something comforting about the chaos of India to Mitsuko, and there is something comforting about the chaos of the book to the reader.

Tsukada drinks himself to death because of his guilt over the act.