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Deep River Paperback – 1995
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Shusaku Endo is a Japanese Christian who writes challengely about his own faith. To me, the core of his message in "Deep River" is the universal nature of faith and the universal nature of God. He exists for all of us but we come to know Him through the religion of our culture. Thus the Hindus, Christians, Moslems, Buddhists, etc are all seeking the same ultimate oneness with God (i.e.; peace) but they are each traveling different paths outlined through them in a theology passed along through the millennia. To illustrate his point, Endu shows us the five seperate tales of redemption and has them all come to salvation at a Hindu holy site. God DOES work in mysterious ways.
India, where the ancient civilization flowered on the banks of the great river Indus, serves as the backdrop for the novel. Most of the events take place in Varanasi, on the banks of the river Ganges in the months of October-November 1984.Read more ›
Looking at a few quotes extracted from a dialogue between two Japanese characters in the novel will give you a sense of the encounters and re-encounters between individuals and the cross-cultural encounters, all of which are a strong feature of the play. In this dialogue which takes place in Paris, a Japanese woman talks to Otsu, one of the main characters who became a Christian early in his life in Japan.
The woman declares: "...It makes my teeth stand on edge just to think of you as a Japanese believing in this European Christianity nonsense." Otsu replies: "I've been here three years. For three years I have lived here and I have tired of the way people think. The ways of thinking that they've kneaded with their own hands and fashioend to meet the workings of their hearts..they're ponderous to an Asian like me. I can't blend in with them. And so everyday is hell for me...Read more ›
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I absolutely loved this book. It was a requirement for my Japanese Literature course and I'm very glad I got to read it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ashley
“You are a bad Catholic, Otsu!” the head of the order said sternly.
“But why can't God be both good and evil?” Otsu humbly persisted. “And why can't there be many Gods? Read more
Considered a seminal work, and perhaps it is. Endo offers Western Christians a rare glimpse into what it means to stand up for the Church in the midst of serious criticsPublished 7 months ago by ARP
Just finished reading this interesting book about Japanese tourists in India. It is interesting to learn how other cultures view each other. Read morePublished 18 months ago by ibo girl
I was disappointed in this book. I expected that the characters were going to have some kind of soul awakening in this book and in my opinion they didn't. Read morePublished 20 months ago by angela roberts
I bought this book to decide ir I wanted to take a short course about it. This book is the amazing story of 4 individuals, each with their own back story, going to India and the... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Mary Reynolds