Silence

Silence Beneath the light of the candle I am sitting with my hands on my knees staring in front of me And I keep turning over in my mind the thought that I am at the end of the earth in a place which you do

  • Title: Silence
  • Author: Shūsaku Endō William Johnston
  • ISBN: 9780800871864
  • Page: 406
  • Format: Paperback
  • Beneath the light of the candle I am sitting with my hands on my knees, staring in front of me And I keep turning over in my mind the thought that I am at the end of the earth, in a place which you do not know and which your whole lives through you will never visit.It is 1640 and Father Sebastian Rodrigues, an idealistic Jesuit priest, sets sail for Japan determined to heBeneath the light of the candle I am sitting with my hands on my knees, staring in front of me And I keep turning over in my mind the thought that I am at the end of the earth, in a place which you do not know and which your whole lives through you will never visit.It is 1640 and Father Sebastian Rodrigues, an idealistic Jesuit priest, sets sail for Japan determined to help the brutally oppressed Christians there He is also desperate to discover the truth about his former mentor, rumoured to have renounced his faith under torture Rodrigues cannot believe the stories about a man he so revered, but as his journey takes him deeper into Japan and then into the hands of those who would crush his faith, he finds himself forced to make an impossible choice whether to abandon his flock or his God.The recipient of the 1966 Tanizaki Prize, Silence is Shusaku Endo s most highly acclaimed work and has been called one of the twentieth century s finest novels As empathetic as it is powerful, it is an astonishing exploration of faith and suffering and an award winning classic.

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    1. “Sin, he reflected, is not what it is usually thought to be; it is not to steal and tell lies. Sin is for one man to walk brutally over the life of another and to be quite oblivious of the wounds he has left behind.” Japanese Painting by an unknown artist of the Christian Martyrs of Nagasaki.The Jesuit priest Francis Xavier born in SPAIN, but representing PORTUGAL arrived in Japan in 1543 to save souls. The Japanese were Buddhist, not “heathens” without a proper religion. The Spanish Fra [...]

    2. This is a historical novel about the early years of Christianity in Japan. It is a fictionalized account based on real historical characters. It’s set in the late 17th century. Two Portuguese priests get into Japan by ship from Macao at a time when Japanese officials had banned Christianity and were killing priests and torturing suspected Christians to apostatize (give up their faith). They are forced to verbally renounce their faith and to stomp and spit on religious figures. The main charact [...]

    3. Painful and deep book about the religionsI think this book change me and makes me more respectful to other religions even if you religion different than what I believe I should respect you because this what you believe too

    4. This is an intense - rather grim - epistolary novel written mostly from the vantage point of a Roman Catholic priest, a missionary to Japan, early in the 17th century. The events are based on historical facts and the characters on actual people. The succinct introduction by translator William Johnston reveals that the novel begins after the period when daiymo Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who had once allowed the Christian missionaries much privilege, had twenty-six Japanese and European Christians crucif [...]

    5. "Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent."-- Wittgenstein, Tractus Logico-Philosophicus 7The novel started off a bit slow, but once it hit its pace it was almost Dostoevskian in its depths. Endō, a Japanese Catholic, uses the story of two Jesuit priests in search of an apostate Jesuit to explore issues of faith, circumstance, belief, sin, courage, suffering, martyrdom, etc especially during periods when God is silent. He examines Christ and Christianity and the way they adapted to [...]

    6. This book ruined my life. Sorta true. It's the catchiest review intro I'm going to come up with. I'm afraid to review this book and remember why it set me off to feeling hopeless and stupid. Band aid scenario. Pull it off!I don't have the religion or spiritual kinds of faith. I'm dyslexic when it comes to religion, maybe. My mind jumbles the meanings and I just don't speak that language of KNOWING what you can't see and this is good and this is always bad. I don't look at someone who does have i [...]

    7. It is easy enough to die for the good and beautiful; the hard thing is to die for the miserable and corrupt.The context of the above line is based on the sacrifice Jesus made for sins of humanity. Now I am going to revise this line to explain the story of Silence.For priests of Japan, it was easy enough to die as good and beautiful; the hard thing was to die as miserable and corrupt.Hailed as one of the best novels of the twentieth century, Endo's Silence creates a fascinating as well as thought [...]

    8. A worthwhile read even for a non-Christian like me who, nonetheless, has a deep and abiding intellectual interest in religion and spirituality. But VERY Christian. You have to have some empathy for that side of the story in order for it to be a satisfying read. If you're an atheist, not for you. No no no

    9. This is a very impressive historical novel set in 17th century Japan. I have not seen the Scorsese film but my edition does contain an introduction by Scorsese so there is a link to it.The book is primarily about the difficulties in maintaining faith in a hostile environment, and specifically the trials undergone by Portuguese Catholic missionaries, whose work in Japan flourished in the 16th century but was brutally suppressed. This is a little difficult to understand for those of us who never h [...]

    10. What a devastatingly brilliant novel about faith, fanaticism, love, suffering, and ultimately, the silence of God. Why does God allow pain to flourish in the world? Why does God stand silent while the world burns? This novel, about Jesuit Portuguese missionaries in Japan in the 17th Century is gorgeously rendered, asks the hardest of hard questions, and is simply one of the greatest novels I've ever read. Very excited to see the upcoming film adaptation by Martin Scorsese.

    11. 2.5*The premise of a story of Catholic missionaries trying to spread Christianity in Japan really caught my interest because I have fond memories of reading Shogun, which featured a similar premise as a side-story. Although, if any of you have read Shogun "fond" may not be the best way to describe the reading experience as there lots - and I do mean LOTS - of gory descriptions of cruelty and violence.Obviously, I must have forgotten about that when I gleefully signed up to the group read of Sile [...]

    12. Saya telah menganut sebuah keyakinan, lalu mengapa kau mengusikku?Pertanyaan inilah yang berada di benak saya ketika membaca novel ini. Saya adalah salah satu orang yang tidak menyutujui Kristenisasi, Islamisasi atau apapun itu teruatama kepada orang yang telah menganut keyakinan. Dengan iming-iming hadiah atau bahkan pemaksaan, semua hal tersebut saya anggap tidak benar. Ada kejadian yang menimpa saya beberapa minggu yang lalu. Di tengah percakapan antara saya dan klien, dia(klien) setelah menc [...]

    13. Πρώτο βιβλίο ιαπωνικής λογοτεχνίας που διαβάζω. Θέμα του η θρησκεία και συγκεκριμένα η διάδοση του χριστιανισμού στην Ιαπωνία τον 17ο αιώνα. Αν και άθρησκος, άθεος, με εντυπωσίασε. Θίγει πολύ ενδιαφέροντα θέματα και θέτει ορισμένα διλήμματα. Έως που μπορεί να φτάσει ένας άν [...]

    14. Mind-blowing. It tells about the 17th century Japan when the Tokugawa shogunate was in power. During this time, practicing Catholics were called Kakure Kirishitan ("Hidden Christians") because they had to do their religious rituals underground. This was also the time of "fumie" a metal plate bearing the images of Jesus and Mary. The religious police asked the families suspected to be Catholics to trample this fumie to prove that they had not converted from Buddism. It was also during this time w [...]

    15. Silence is a modern classic by Shusaku Endo. On the cover a crucified Jesus hangs from Japanese writing characters. My friend, Carol, recommended this book to me awhile back and I've had it sitting on my bookshelf. Then during Holy Week while I was finishing Fr. Neuhaus’ Death on a Friday Afternoon, he mentions the heroic struggles of the European missionaries who gave their all to travel around the world to share the Gospel message. Sometimes it just seems appropriate to leave off one book an [...]

    16. theguardian/film/2016Papa Francisco com Martin Scorsese no Vaticano (2016/11/30)youtube/watch?v=IqrgxTrailer oficial do filme de Martin Scorsese - "Silêncio"Massacre de Cristãos em Nagasáqui - 5 de Fevereiro de 1597 – Japão - Pintura Japonesa Séc. XVI – XVIIShusaku Endo (1923 – 1996) era um católico japonês, baptizado em 1934, que publicou em 1996 o romance ”Silêncio”.“A notícia chegou à Igreja de Roma. Enviado ao Japão pela Companhia de Jesus em Portugal, Cristóvão Ferr [...]

    17. _Silence_I feel confused, i feel conflicted and i am struggling. My inner world is seperated in half and i cannot decide. I haven't had so much thought over an action in a long time and i know that it has to do with God and stuff, but i just, i cannot make peace with myself. What would i do in this situation? What would i do? I just I don't know what i would do, i was angry and i wanted to cry for the sin and didn't know which one was a greater sin. Rage was pumping in my blood for all the sensl [...]

    18. Preamble Jesuit priest Francisco Xavier called Japan “the light of my heart…the country in the Orient most suited for Christianity”. Fact: Kakure or Japanese crypto-Christians, meeting in secret for 240 years…reciting a Japanese version of the “Hail Mary” and yet nobody knew what it meant for many years. Estimate: 30,000 Kakure live today in Japan. Chronology 1587- Hydeyoshi started the persecution of Christians. 1614-26 priests punished in Nagasaki. 1614-expulsion from Japan of all [...]

    19. Set in the 17th century, a pair of Portuguese Catholic priests, Rodrigues and Garrpe, set off to the remote and mysterious island kingdom of Japan to spread Christianity and track down their mentor, Father Ferreira, who is rumoured to have committed apostasy (renounced his faith). But the Japanese government are not friendly to foreigners (this xenophobic attitude actually continues to this day!) and are particularly hostile to this new religion - is Ferreira simply dead and does a similar fate [...]

    20. Introduction, by Martin ScorseseHistorical Note--SilenceAppendix: Diary of an officer at the Christian residence

    21. عوضاً عن العنصر القصصي الرائع في حبكتها، فإن العنصر المهم حقّاً في هذه الرواية هو طابعها الفلسفي التأملي العقائدي العميق. وهذا الطابع، الذي يصدر من الروائي الياباني الكاثوليكي إندو، له طعم خاص ونكهة متفرّدة كونها تصدر من ياباني ومن كاثوليكي تشكل طائفته نسبة أقل من 1% من الش [...]

    22. This slim book by a famous Japanese author, currently being adapted into a movie by Scorsese starring the dude from Girls, is about a missionary sent to Japan in the 1600s. Christians were terribly persecuted back then; it was called the time of "Kakure Kirishitan", or Hidden Christians. Christians were forced to trample on the image of Jesus (called a fumie) or they were horribly tortured to death.And the thread of torture and death hangs over every page, so this is a tough book to read. It bri [...]

    23. Em 1640 três padres jesuítas saem de Lisboa rumo ao Japão; um adoece e fica em Macau, os outros dois conseguem entrar clandestinamente no país que persegue os cristãos e cuja evangelização foi iniciado por São Francisco Xavier. Pretendiam, além de ajudar o povo oprimido, descobrir a verdade sobre os motivos que levaram o missionário português Cristóvão Ferreira a renegar a sua fé após cinco horas de tortura.A Religião não me interessa, mas pelos religiosos interesso-me muito. Pa [...]

    24. إن صمتَ إندو هو صمتٌ صارخ، مترع بالتساؤلات، مفعم بالرحيل*كامل يوسف حسين (من مقدمة الرواية) وما أعظم من الإله حتى تدور أفكارنا حوله؟ وما أكثر الأمور جذبًا مثل الدين حتى نتساءل عنه؟ وهل هناك ما هو أعظم فتنة من الرب حتى نكتب عنه؟إن الصمت، صمت إندو، صمت الله، صمت الرب يسوع، هو أكث [...]

    25. ولأني من عشاق مارتن سكورسيزي كنت مستني فيلمه الجديد بشغف،فلما نزل التريلر شوفته وانبهرت طبعا،ولفت انتباهي اكتر إنه بيتكلم عن تجربة يابانية في العصور الوسطى،ولإني شغال في مكتبة تنمية كان دايما بيلفت انتباهي رواية لكاتب ياباني غلافها أحمر وبقليل من البحث إن الرواية المعنون [...]

    26. 4.5 starsThis is an extremely powerful and deep exploration of faith. It takes place in 17th century Japan where Portuguese priests (missionaries) travel to minister to the Christian peasants. This was a time when Christians were hunted down and tortured and forced to renounce their beliefs. When one of the priests is given the choice to renounce to save Christians from being tortured he has to face his own beliefs and fears. This wasn't a fun book to read but I'm really glad I read it. I learne [...]

    27. Θα πρέπει να μοιράζεσαι μέχρι ένα σημείο τις ανησυχίες του αφηγητή κ τα ερωτήματα που θέτει για να απολαύσεις το βιβλίο. Κάτι τέτοιο δεν ίσχυε με μένα. Μπορεί να εντυπωσιάστηκα απ'την εκφραστική δεινότητα του συγγραφέα κ την ένταση που έβγαζε η γραφή του αλλά αν το βιβλίο ήτ [...]

    28. Λοιπόν, το βιβλίο αυτό το αγόρασα τον Οκτώβριο του 2011 με πέντε ευρώ από το Μοναστηράκι, χωρίς να γνωρίζω και πολλά πράγματα για τον συγγραφέα ή το ίδιο το βιβλίο. Ουσιαστικά στην τύχη το πήρα, μιας και τότε ούτε καν ήξερα ότι θα γινόταν ταινία από τον Μάρτιν Σκορσέζε, έναν από [...]

    29. Yılın -şimdilik- en şahane sürprizi oldu. Bana bu kadar temas edebileceğini asla düşünmemiştim, fena yanılmışım. Kitabı ister düz, ister ters ne şekilde okursanız okuyun mutlaka bir satırında kendinizi bulacaksınız, onu net söyleyebilirim sanırım. Scorsese ne yapmış bilmiyorum ama kitabı acayip sevdim. Tabii ki 5/5!

    30. Bu kitap, tesadüflerle birlikte, bir dönem özel çalışma konum haline gelmişti resmen. Henüz eser Türkçeye çevrilmemiş ve böyle bir şey söz konusu dahi değilken, akabinde Scorsese kitabı film yapacağını açıkladığında; Türkçeye çevrildiğinde ve en son da çekilen filmi izlediğimde hakkında bir şeyler yazmam ya da üzerine konuşmam gerekmişti. O açıdan kitaptan bağımsız, bu süreçle alakalı olarak bende yeri çok farklıdır. Bundan dolayı buraya da uzun ve [...]

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