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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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It’s a feeling she had. People tell me this book is about spiritual journeys but I saw no journey. Each character finds an end to his own story, although may not seem to realize it, and some readers depe not be satisfied by the Mitsuko-Otsu story ending that seems to be hanging.

Numada, a children’s author whose only true friends have been animals and birds, seeks to repay the help of a myna bird. The beginning of the book takes most of the characters in turn, showing how there suhsaku some lack in their lives that they hope to remedy by the side of the Ganges.

Right after the book, I just thought of having an edgy book.

Deep River

But she could not fathom what that something might be. The opening scene of him being told that his wife for 35 years had cancer and would only have 4 months to live was so moving it made me glued to the book and ignored the 2 buddy books I was expected to read for our book club. As he tells his French superiors: Did he feel himself as outcast as Otsu who identified with the lowest caste of India?


The characters can talk about how they question their beliefs and then you can tack on an ending about relating to the gods that represent and never have any shuswku personal feeling with those who really rivver live around you.

On its shores, in the yearthe characters search for spiritual meaning in their lives. Because he lacked any religious conviction, like most Japanese, death meant to him the extinction of everything. One of the characters, a Enddo tour guide in Indian, even muses on how his fellow Japanese probably don’t understand what the meaning of religious practice is to Hindus, while he is if I am reading the text properly misunderstanding the practice himself.

Deep River – India. It’s hard not to see Deep River as Endo’s own religious summa.

It’s kind of sad. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. For this view he is damned by his pious, dogmatic teachers and fellow students.

Deep River by Shūsaku Endō

They are pilgrims who do not know what they seek – it’s not really the Buddist temples they are touring. 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 enndo text.

A few years later she visited him in France — while shueaku her honeymoon! Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

But a large part of the story is the incongruity of the beliefs his characters hold what they think Catholics believe about Maryand what is true what Catholics really believe about Mary. 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.


They wind up in Varanasi, by the side of the sacred, polluted Ganges, where people go to die. There was no conclusion to the book. Mitsuko NaruseKiguchiOsamu Isobe. Would definitely read again! The Ganges has never before been characterized in such a raw, personified way Read more from the Study Guide.

Deep River Summary & Study Guide

Isobe searches for his reincarnated wife, but fails to find her. 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.

You can believe whatever the fuck you like and they’ll let you be a bishop. It would be easy to criticize Endo for pushing his enro views on the reader too much in this book. And finally for Mr Isobe, he is only recognizing his connection with his wife after she dies after telling him to look for her to be reborn somewhere in the world. As in the parable of the onion told by Ivan in The Brothers Edno, the humble, earthy onion takes on a spiritual significance.

Paperbackpages. Mitsuko, an atheistic woman whose life has been without love, seeks her college lover, a failed Catholic priest working among the impoverished.