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Shiokari Pass [Kindle Edition]

Ayako Miura , Lora Sharnoff , Florence Sakade , Bill Fearnehough , Sheila Fearnehough

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Based on a true story, Shiokari Pass is a moving tale of love eclipsed by sacrifice and tragedy. The hero of this novel is the young and idealistic Nobuo Nagano, who finds himself forced to make a heart-rending decision, when he must choose between his childhood sweetheart, Fujiko, and his newly found Christian faith. Set in Hokkaido at the turn of the nineteenth century, when for the first time Western culture and ideas were beginning to challenge Japan's long-held traditions, Shiokari Pass takes an intriguing look at japanese life and thought of a hundred years ago. Filled with drama and featuring a spectacular climax amidst the snows of Hokkaido, the book was a bestseller in japanese and a successful motion picture as well. Based on the life of a high-ranking railway employee who was revered for his humanitarian deeds, Shiokari Pass offers a revealing glimpse of the long, hard road traveled by Japanese Christians.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1671 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; 1st Tuttle Ed edition (20 Dec. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006T3ITKA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #334,000 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shiokari Pass 18 May 2000
By Akemi O. Smith - Published on
Very dramatic story of a man, who became Christian when Christianity was not so acceptable in Japan, and people around him. First part of the story is little slow that I had to be patient to continue reading. But as the story goes you feel the strugle of the man questioning about meaning of life, love, and how he began to see these things through his friend and his beautiful sister. At the end of the story, a man became an idividual who would give up his life for other people. I could not stop my tears falling on my cheeks.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars inspired by an historical incident 4 Dec. 2006
By dosankodebbie - Published on
Shiokari Pass was inspired by a real person who sacrificed his own life to stop a runaway train before it could crash and kill everyone on it. Miura's style of writing is simple and straightforward to begin with, but I would have preferred an English translation that wasn't quite so starkly simple in vocabulary and sentence structure. While the main plot (with lots of soul-searching and some tender romance) is gripping and thoughtful, the book is also interesting from historical and cultural perspectives, as it effectively describes various kinds of friction between the social classes, as well as the horror with which much of Japanese society regarded the "foreign religion" of Christianity at one time. Decades since it was first published, Shiokari Pass continues to be one of the two most beloved works of Ayako Miura, a best-selling Japanese novelist. The other one is Hyoten (Freezing Point), the award-winning debut novel that set off a nation-wide social phenomenon called the "Hyoten Boom" in the late 60s.
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful, lucid read 15 Aug. 2012
By Mochi Man - Published on
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As other reviewer's have noted, this book is about the story of a man's conversion to Christianity. I read it after my Japanese friend told me that it had changed his life; And while its effect on me wasn't to that degree, there is no arguing that the story is powerful. It stands as a story of being honest to oneself and to convictions. The main character also goes through struggles but generally makes the right choices. He is a great role model--something hard to find in literature at times.
This translation is also excellent. Rarely do translators get the credit they deserve. This read very smoothly and was a beautiful translation. Miura's style is also very readable. She catches your attention and I remember wanting to keep reading it to see what happened in the next chapter.
For believers, this is a good, thought-provoking read. Shiokari Pass also offers an interesting take on Christianity's reception in Japan and is a beautiful piece of literature laden with Christian references and allegory.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! 6 Feb. 2013
By Mark Nieto - Published on
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Fantastic book. Great insight into Japanese culture and the struggle of choosing a different way of life. Would love to read the other books once they are on kindle.
5.0 out of 5 stars Shiokari Pass 30 Dec. 2012
By Hazel - Published on
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This story is one of the Billy Graham movies. I wish they would make it over as it was made so long that the quality is unacceptable. The story is excellent and as Billy Graham used it to parallel in some respects what Jesus did for us: He gave his life for us to pay the SIN debt. Additionally, this story reveal a lot about the Japanese values that were the reason for one giving his life for a friend. Highly encourage anyone who reads this review to read the book.
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