Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Silence by Shusaku Endo

"Did even Nero of Rome devise such a cruel method of death?"

I am really surprised at how much I enjoyed such a dark and dismal story. If I told you this was a tale about a Jesuit priest in 1640 heading to feudal Japan to support the underground Christians there, you would probably roll your eyes in your head and ask me why would I want to read that. This is such a beautifully written book. It is questioning and dark and deep and gorgeous in the way it highlights cultural differences and the way we should all question our beliefs and motivations. It is quite obtuse and beautiful, like amazing poetry and could be interpreted so many ways.
For some it will no doubt reaffirm blind faith; for others it will do the opposite; and yet both will find the writing thought provoking and amazing. That is a testament to a genius writer.
It will be interesting to see Scorsese's upcoming cinematic interpretation. Frankly, I can't wait.

 5 out of 5 times people were shocked I liked a book about a priest.

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