Thursday 30 March 2017

Review: Silence by Shusaku Endo

SilenceSilence by Shūsaku Endō
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Biblical metaphors abound and Christian comparisons drown a story which is essentially about self-doubt, what is right and wrong and how we perceive such concepts differently in various contexts.

I found the Biblical references tiresome, and altogether too familiar but then liked the quietly subversive subtext which had me swaying with self-doubt as I followed the protagonist's progress. Quite a modern take on 17th Century missionaries in Japan considering it was written in the 60s.

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