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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There zhusaku something comforting about the chaos of India to Mitsuko, and there is something comforting about the chaos of the book to the reader. Especially since it’s featured in Season 6 of Lost.

Least affecting is Numada, a aut A group of Japanese tourists travel to India to visit historic sites from the life of the Buddha, without realizing that there are few modern Buddhists there.

So, this book got me interested since I found it refreshing and beguiling. Kiguchi was on is eneo much like life itself. Silence was written in the 60s and Deep River was written in enco 90s. But the book also touches on the irver of war, on marriage, of generational gaps in Japan, on sex and love, on work and its discontents, on travel and being respectful of new cultures.

His search takes him to India, even though he has doubts about reincarnation. Enami, the tour guide, has issues of his own and sees Chamunda as his mother. More summaries and resources for teaching or studying Deep River.

Deep River by Shūsaku Endō

So, even carcasses of dead animals can be seen floating on it. Later on, in a loveless marriage she sees herself as Therese Desqueyroux. People bring death there they sprinkle loved ones ashes in therebut the also come to this river for ritual cleasings.

Shusaku Endo died in This is a wonderful book. She goes to India hoping to find the meaning of life. And that the road of death Mr.


So when someone is reading along, and they come to a Hindu goddess named in the work, they are likely to think, “Oh okay, that is how it is. But overall — I really enjoyed this and feel like returning to this book again. There’s Kiguchi, a former soldier in Burma, with hellish memories, I like this image of Chamunda too, Kiguchi unexpectedly announced with deep feeling. I really liked Deep River. He has recovered from a near-fatal bout of tuberculosis, and a myna bird was his companion during his illness.

The title and the epigraph reference an old negro spiritual called Deep River. But we don’t know her!

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. In the story there is one, and possibly two, character s who believe that Mary is a Goddess in the Roman Catholic Church.

Retrieved 25 November Yes he wrote dedp story, and collected sections out of the lives of his characters, but it is his characters that are saying and doing things. Kiguchi is ill, and Mitsuko stays to care for him. Dec 12, S. The death of his friend and the way Endo made it intersect with the life of atheist nurse Mitsuko were nicely crafted.

However, no great events happen, no deep thoughts are offered, no great revelations are found, and ultimately, the book ends up being a rather boring read.

The openness a Dang, yo. A novel about different streams towards God and how there is a deep river that runs deep enough to handle all the craziness that goes on down here. Shusaku Endo was born in Tokyo in and, with his family, converted to Catholicism while he was still a child. I really didn’t love it. Hinduism, Irver or Christianity.

Account Options Sign in. For example, a lot of the coincidences and reunion moments t Having written Silence, it’s hard to come back and write something just as stunning, but Deep River isn’t far off. Copyrights Deep River from BookRags. I don’t care about any of them.


Right after the book, I just thought of having an edgy book. Sending Japanese literature westward Red Circle Authors, a unique endeavor in the publishing world, aims to connect East and West through literature. Open Preview See a Problem? Jan 10, Pip rated it it was amazing Shelves: Would definitely read again!

Kiguchi looks to the land of Buddha to heal his trauma from WWII and the death of the friend who saved his life during the war but I found this to be a powerful book. I loved the backstories of all the characters. I saw another review somewhere before I started reading this that said: The group includes Isobe, who is looking for his reincarnated wife, who he ignored when she was alive and Mitsuko, who has found emptiness in a series of personae: View all 7 comments.

Isobe to search for his reborn wife.

Deep River Summary & Study Guide

I hate this book, anyway. Sawyer on Lost loved it.

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Deep River is a rich story which jumps around in time, in place, in ideas.