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Title: Shiokari Pass Hardcover – 1976

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: F. H. Revell Co (1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800707966
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800707965
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,762,626 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ayako Sono is one of few Japanese Christians who are well known in the literary world. In this monumental and the best work of her, she took up the story of a young man who is engaged to a woman who had tuberculosis (in early 1900s which in Japan it was a stigma to have TB) who saved the passenger train which went berserk by throwing himself under the train.
This story is something that tells about the Christians in Japan in early 20th century. Yet, none of religious dogma is in this book, making purely a story of self-sacrifice and love. It happened at the Shiokari Toge (pass), and this real story later made as a film.
Highly recommend as this is one of the most famous story of hers.
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Shiokari Pass 18 May 2000
By Akemi O. Smith - Published on
Format: Hardcover
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.
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inspired by an historical incident 4 Dec. 2006
By dosankodebbie - Published on
Format: Hardcover
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.
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.
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.
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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