El Samurai (Spanish Edition) [Shusaku Endo] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The Samurai is a novel by Japanese author Shusaku Endo first published in It tells a fictionalized story of a 17th-century diplomatic mission to “Nueva. Shusaku Endo historical voyage, filled with danger and hardship, The Samurai is a haunting novel of endurance, faith and hubris. ‘Endo to.

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The Samurai switches backwards and forwards between two perspectives. He sought out only the ugly, the wretched, the miserable and the sorrowful.

Those looking for the mythical wandering swordsmen will be disappointed–Endo’s Rokuemon Hasekura is if anything tied too closely to his marshland home, and his isolation from power makes him a useful tool, not a wily rebel. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. It is my feeling that if an author has a perspective to communicate he has every right to do so, but intellectual or emotional manipulation is a cheap tactic.

Endo Shusaku is a great storyteller, and while he is telling this shusaiu story, you really begin to hurt while these characters are hurting.

Above all, loyalty to that hierarchy is of prime importance and samhrai the foundation upon which his own value and dignity rest. The priest guy didn’t go back, cause Japan was all whack. The whusaku and insular nature of Japanese society means the the overly-exuberant nature of European Christianity would never be an easy fit. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Return to Book Page.

He excels at forcing us to ask hard questions and leaving us to find our own answers for them. The contradiction points to the same sort of inconsistencies in our own faith in Christ. Velasco shuaku priest shudaku faith in God to convert fully by baptism even adults without personal faith in Jesus, but at the same time cannot bring himself to believe that God can bring about the conversion of Japan without his lying and scheming. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime.


Set in the period preceding the Christian persecutions in Japan, The Samurai samursi the steps of some of the first Japanese to set foot on European soil. In Japan, books tend to be more re If you have never read anything by Endo Shusaku, stop reading this and go get one right now. Apparently this actually happened. Jun 18, Nick rated it really liked it. You’d probably like this book if you are Japanese. Hasekura is one of the warriors chosen to go on this long journey that ends up taking the party all the way to Rome.

He convinces the local shogun to send a delegation of Japanese to Nueva Espana Mexico for the stated purpose of opening up trade relations, but also to give Velasco more sxmurai in the Catholic church, which will he thinks make it easier for him to convert the Japanese people. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of In this book I see the art of juxtaposition.

Before his death inEndo was the recipient of a number of outstanding Japanese literary awards: Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. I don’t think it was any less significant, just more subtle.

Rather, it presents the story in such a way that the reader feels bludgeoned to agree with the author. Jun 21, Jordan rated it it was amazing. Hasekura is a sympathetic character throughout the book – trapped between powers much greater than he is, he must continually bend to their will. Mar 04, Liam Faucher rated it really liked it. Da Vinci’s Bicycle Guy Davenport.

We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. This is the second book by Endo that I’ve read, and both of his books have had a profound impact on me.

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To ask other readers questions about The Samuraiplease sign up. Western idealism and eastern pragmatism. Along the way, they endure not only the hardships of the journey but priest, who believes that their conversion will gain him the appointment as Bishop of Japan, convinces them that they will succeed only shhusaku they samurao to Christianity, and reluctantly they agree. He does not dwell there. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Both characters are very real, and both are compelling.


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This novel was published in and is considered by some to be the best of the work of the Japanese writer, Shusaku Endo. I definitely recommend this book to you if you are a westerner moving to Japan, a Japanese person who has been exposed to Christianity, or just someone who has interest in Japanese culture and history. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I think so far, he’s the only non-western author that I’ve read who deals with Christianity.

The story takes place in the early 17th century during a time when the Jesuits had been proselytizing in Japan with uneven success.

Strongly recommended for all collections.

Learn more about Amazon Prime. July External links: View all 3 comments. As far as the translation is concerned, Van Gessel is one of the best. But now even the bishops and priests here are complacent and swollen with pride.

I recommend against this book if you are impatient or someone who needs clearly defined “good guys” and “bad guys”. The idea I got from the book is the difference between ‘normal’ people and the ‘government’, the ‘great interests’, in a word, the world of politics which may be at a state-level or for the ruling of the Church. Some “big” things we have no problem trusting Him for, but in some smaller areas of life w This novel does a great job of looking shusaaku how convoluted faith in God can be.

While Silence tore me apart inside, this book’s impact was milder.