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Rarely does life follow the script that we write in our heads. Martin Scorsese read this book and read this book again. For nearly thirty years, he has been trying to secure the financing to make the film. Finally, in his dream has been realized. The movie had a small release on December 23rd, , and will be out for wide release on January 13th, There is already Oscar buzz for best picture.
I know his intention with the film, like the book, is to strip away everything but the meaning of spirituality. The purity of faith. I hope the people who see movies will support his labor of love, but I also hope that the reading public will also read the book that inspired the movie. People who seek out martyrdom and are willing to strap bombs to themselves to blow up innocent people in a market place are, in my opinion, in for a rather nasty surprise.
We all make our God out of wholecloth. The real reason is their own selfish desire to better their position in the afterlife. The martyrdom that Rodrigues seeks is only based upon his own destruction, but even that is a prideful wish of achieving immortality as a martyr for the cause. He soon learns that no man is an island. His death, if he can achieve it, can not be the clean, glorious quietus he most passionately desires. This is a book about courage, about faith, about everything that is important to most people.
It is a book that resonates with readers and haunts them for decades, exactly the same way it did Scorsese.
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It certainly left this reader with much to ponder and the chance to reconsider the consequences of all my actions. The best of intentions can have dreadful results for the very people you are trying to help. View all 56 comments.
Sep 23, Jim Fonseca rated it really liked it Shelves: japanese-authors , religious-theme , history. This is a historical novel about the early years of Christianity in Japan. It is a fictionalized account based on real historical characters. 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 character This is a historical novel about the early years of Christianity in Japan. The main character is a young priest who fears capture and torture but assumes his faith is so strong that he can withstand it, as Christ did. One of his predecessors, his former professor whom he greatly admired, is rumored to live in a mansion with his wife.
Arriving with religious fervor, the young priest quickly worries about losing his faith. He worries that Christianizing some Japanese has offered them nothing but suffering and death. Obviously it has a strong religious emphasis. View all 35 comments. Painful and deep book about the religions I 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.
View all 5 comments. He examines Christ and Christianity and the way they "Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent. He examines Christ and Christianity and the way they adapted to Japan and were both accepted and rejected by the East. Overall, it was probably 4. I think some of the power of this novel exists beyond the text.
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I don't mean supernatural or anything silly or of that sort. But the book chews on you after reading. It expands. It works you over days after reading. I am still haunted by the sea, the darkness, and obviously the silence. Some of my favorite quotes: "We priests are in some ways a sad group of men. Born into the world to render service to mankind, there is no one more wretched alone than the priest who does not measure up to his task.
It is easy enough to die for the good and beautiful; the hard thing is to die for the miserable and corrupt--this is the realization that came home to me acutely at the time. View all 10 comments. Jun 19, Laura Leaney rated it it was amazing. 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 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 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 crucified.
Apparently there "stands a monument to commemorate the spot where they died" to this day. Although missionary work continued, there began a savage effort to exterminate Christianity from Japan. The first executions created too many martyrs, so the Japanese officials attempted to force the Christians to apostatize by stamping or pressing their foot on a depiction of Christ or the Virgin, a fumie. If not, they were wrapped tightly and hung upside down in a pit filled with excrement until they signaled their apostasy with their one free hand or died.
The novel opens with two priests willing to risk capture and death to keep Christ's flame burning. Crossing the "leaden sea," they entrust themselves to Kichijiro, a Japanese Christian who wears a "servile grin. What happens to these men in Japan is beautiful and terrible. He writes: "I knew well, of course, that the greatest sin against God was despair; but the silence of God was something I could not fathom.
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His journey to Japan parallels the suffering of Christ, his dealings with Judas, as well as his interviews with Roman officials. It is not a good outcome, but the ending blew me away. Here's an important question to the faithful: If you could save men and women from slow torture by stepping on the fumie and apostatizing, would you do it?
Or would you hold your ground while listening to their agonizing moans? Does God want you to help the suffering of human beings or does God want you to keep your foot off His image? What a terrible situation for a Christian priest. At one point Rodrigues is forced to watch the death of Japanese Christian martyrs as they are wrapped alive in matting and dropped into the sea.
He cannot shake the vision of it, and he sees the "sea stretched out endlessly, sadly; and all this time, over the sea, God simply maintained his unrelenting silence. The questions that Rodrigues asks are the questions we all wanted to ask. My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
More than anything else, Silence is food for thought. View all 14 comments.
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Mar 30, Mariel rated it really liked it Recommends it for: my day depends on the setting sun. 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. I don't look at someone who does have it and This book ruined my life. I don't look at someone who does have it and see that core glowing from within them.
I hear the adults from Peanuts warbled talk about it like someone being in love with someone.
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