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5.0 out of 5 stars A magnificent book, beautifully written by a master, 23 Oct 2001
This review is from: The Samurai (Hardcover)
Shusaku Endo's ability to tell a story is nowhere more apparent in this moving tale of Japan during a particularly difficult period of her history. Christianity has arrived in Japan and is slowly making in-roads into, what is for the westerner, an alien culture. Converts have been made but the various warlords who run Japan are anxious about foreign influences especially that of Christianity. In order to safe guard the interests of Japan two Samurai are sent to visit the pope in Rome in a long perilous journey. I will not ruin the story by tell you what happened but the results for these two Samurai were tragic and it was for many Japanese Christians. You simply must read this book.
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