Deep River

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New Directions Publishing, 1996 - Fiction - 216 pages
Thirty years lie between the leading contemporary Japanese writer Shusaku Endo's justly famed Silence and his powerful new novel Deep River, a book which is both a summation and a pinnacle of his work. The river is the Ganges, where a group of Japanese tourists converge: Isobe, grieving the death of the wife he ignored in life; Kiguchi, haunted by wartime memories of the Highway of Death in Burma; Numanda, recovering from a critical illness; Mitsuko, a cynical woman struggling with inner emptiness; and butt of her cruel interest, Otsu, a failed seminarian for whom the figure on the cross is a god of many faces. Bringing these and other characters to vibrant life and evoking a teeming India so vividly that the reader is almost transported there, Endo reaches his ultimate religious vision, one that combines Christian faith with Buddhist acceptance.

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User Review  - Dreesie - LibraryThing

In this novel Endo looks at the motives for several Japanese tourists to visit India. Their tour guide, a Japanese man who moved to India permanently after studying there, feels most come to visit ... Read full review

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User Review  - autleaves78 - LibraryThing

In this novel, Endo reminds us that the faces of God are many and possibly within each of us. He gently nudges the reader to question if it is a good idea to get locked down too tightly into any ... Read full review


ONE The Case of Isobe
THREE The Case of Mitsuko
FOUR The Case of Numada
Six The City by the River
SEVEN Goddesses
EIGHT In Search of What Was Lost
NINE The River
TEN The Case of Otsu
ELEVEN Surely He Hath Borne Our Griefs
THIRTEEN He Hath No Form Nor Comeliness

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Shusaku Endo (1923-1996) is widely regarded as one of the most important Japanese authors of the late twentieth century. He won many major literary awards and was nominated for the Nobel Prize several times. His novel Silence was recently made into a major film directed by Martin Scorsese.Van C. Gessel has published six translations of works by Endo.

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