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In Search of Japan's Hidden Christians, 1 Oct. 2012
In his search for Japan's hidden Christians, John Dougill takes the reader on an intriguing journey across modern-day Japan, while exploring an almost forgotten chapter in its history; the rise and fall of Christianity on its shores.
The author is a fine story-teller who plays part historian, part detective uncovering and piecing together some fascinating facts to paint a vivid account of what went on in the lives of the early Christians; their persecution over the years, their fight for survival and now, generations later their quiet decline.
It's written as a travelogue and as such I found it to be a wonderful introduction to a country I have never been to and know very little of. And as all good travelogues should do, it made me want to visit the place one day.
The author's love for his adopted country and its people is very apparent throughout the book, but what brings it alive are his personal insights and objectivity which only a foreigner can have.
Highly recommended to anyone, with or without an interest in history, looking for a good read.