Wednesday, March 7, 2012


The book Silence, by Shusaku Endo.

An engaging style.  A well-rounded descriptive flavor.  Deep character development.  A pathos rarely probed, the likes of Dostoyevsky.  A challenging but respectful approach to religious themes.  I highly recommend this book, the best fiction I have read in a long time.

"in time of persecution the strong are burned in the flames and drowned in the sea; but the weak...lead a vagabond life in the mountains.  As for you (I now spoke to myself) which category do you belong to?"

More about Endo here.

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