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Japanese novelist Endo combines a harsh critique of the emptiness in modern lives with a religious vision of spiritual rebirth.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
A trip to India becomes a journey of discovery for a group of Japanese tourists playing out their "individual dramas of the soul." Isobe searches for his reincarnated wife, while Kiguchi relives the wartime horror that ultimately saved his life. Alienated by middle age, Mitsuko follows Otsu, a failed priest, to the holy city of Varanas, hoping that the murky Ganges holds the secret to the "difference between being alive and truly living." Looking for absolutes, each character confronts instead the moral ambiguity of India's complex culture, in which good and evil are seen as a whole as indifferent to distinction as the Ganges River, which washes the living and transports the dead. This novel is a fascinating study of cultural truths revealed through a rich and varied cast. Endo, one of Japan's leading writers, (The Final Martyrs, LJ 9/1/94) skillfully depicts the small details of life, investing them with universal significance. Highly recommended.
Paul E. Hutchison, Bellefonte, Pa.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Just finished reading this interesting book about Japanese tourists in India. It is interesting to learn how other cultures view each other. Read morePublished 9 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 11 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 14 months ago by Mary Reynolds
Four members of a Japanese tour group visiting the sacred sites in India each have their own deep and personal reasons for this journey. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Steven Davis
I found this to be a powerful book. The four main characters each have intriguing back stories and travel to India searching for freedom from grief and emptiness. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Linda Austin - MoonbridgeBooks
This novel is about a few Japanese tourists visiting India, especially Varanasi. I chose to read the novel originally because Varanasi is probably the most amazing place to which I... Read morePublished on January 25, 2013 by Elias Baumgarten