• Title: The Final Martyrs
  • Author: Shūsaku Endō Van C. Gessel
  • ISBN: 9780811212724
  • Page: 402
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Final Martyrs All the salient qualities that distinguish the superb work of Japanese writer Shusaku Endo are on full display in this new collection of eleven stories written over the course of almost thirty years T
    All the salient qualities that distinguish the superb work of Japanese writer Shusaku Endo are on full display in this new collection of eleven stories written over the course of almost thirty years The themes are akin to those in the author s novels Silence and The Sea and Poison, for example the martyrdom of Roman Catholics in Japan coming to terms with old age aAll the salient qualities that distinguish the superb work of Japanese writer Shusaku Endo are on full display in this new collection of eleven stories written over the course of almost thirty years The themes are akin to those in the author s novels Silence and The Sea and Poison, for example the martyrdom of Roman Catholics in Japan coming to terms with old age a compound of infirmity, fear, and pangs of nostalgia the incongruity of Japanese travelers in Europe spiritual doubt and sexual yearning and, clearly, elements of autobiography, particularly of Endo s lonely boyhood unhappiness over the strife between his parents that ended in divorce There is no other contemporary Japanese writer who has achieved such a balanced blend of things Western with those inherently Japanese As John Updike comments in The New Yorker, Endo s work is sombre, delicate, startlingly emphatic It is also uniquely moving in its compassionate exploration of the human condition.

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    1. A 3.5-star book.Reading this 11-story “The Final Martyrs” by Shusaku Endo, I think, should be a delight for those Endo newcomers due to its each story’s appropriate length and fine translation by Dr Van C. Gessel as approved by his published six translations of Endo’s works. (p. 2) Taken from his first story as the book title, the story itself has since portrayed his observes on Japanese Roman Catholics.I wondered if Endo has read Maugham in Japanese, English or French (he studied at the [...]

    2. " He never disappoints." -Anthony Thwaiteand totally agree with him. Since my first encounters with Endo, he had me stunned and charmed and simply can't get enough of his works. You'd find that with Endo, human are human with their weird yet fascinating conducts and minds. Lovely.

    3. My final selection of Endo's works for the year long reading of his works on LibraryThing.The themes in these stories included Endo's usuals: Catholicism in Japan, martyrdom, loyalty, aging, facing mortality, parental conflict, and disappointment in the frailties of humanity. The foreword to this collection was written by the author. He indicates that many of the characters went on to be featured in his novels. He also confirmed that much of his writing is autobiographical, which adds an interes [...]

    4. I love reading Shusaku Endo, Catholic author, Asian Christian, renowned as one of Japan's greatest novelists and one of the foremost writers of his generation in the world. This series of short stories is not as dark as the title would indicate, and it is not as dark as some of his better known novels. These stories are mostly written in the context of 20th century Japan. At times autobiographical, they explore the themes of human weakness, frailty, vulnerability, interwoven with startling sacri [...]

    5. I think Endo's best work is probably as a novelist, but this is still a strong collection of typically guilt-laden short stories. For me, the first one was the weakest as it covered very similar ground to 'Silence' but did not really add anything new and, in fact, was the most simplistic of the bunch. I like Endo when he gets autobiographical as in the novel 'Scandal' and he does that quite a bit here. By using a character virtually identical to himself as narrator, you can never be quite sure i [...]

    6. Having recently been blown away by "Silence" and enjoying "The Girl I Left Behind", I thought it was time to look into a short story collection of Endo's works. Like most short story collections this one was a somewhat mixed bag, however, there wasn't any stories that really stood out. It was a bit of a disappointment after reading the aforementioned titles, since they were emotionally charged and provided interesting insights. These seemed like unpolished ideas that he would later develop into [...]

    7. This book is a collection of short stories, many of which were the basis for longer writings, some of which have strong autobiographical content. I love Endo's writing for his consistency of themes and exploration of human nature and human experience through them- you are not walking in shifting sand when you read this author. Is it just me, or are elements of the short story 'Life' strikingly similar to The Kite Runner?

    8. Bener-bener cerita yang mengasyikan buat dibaca, alur ceritanya menarik dan berbeda, walaupun ada kesamaan latar belakang yang sedikit membosankanpada beberapa cerita mungkin karena dikaitkan dengan latar belakang sang pengarang. Gw sangat tertarik pada cerita tentang seorang lelaki tua yang sakit2an karena suka mabuk2an. Ternyata terdapat penyebab yang mengerikan dari kecanduan alkoholnya dan juga bagaimana seorang relawan asing bisa mendatangkan kedamaian pada lelaki tua tersebut.

    9. dece stories, neat to read about manchuria in the winter & a new persecutued class in japan i did not previously know about - christians, they legit tortured them never came up in east asian classes about burakumin/ainu people. "I think plants must converse with each other, and I have the impression that trees and rocks and even postcards saturated with the thoughts of men all speak to one another in hushed voices.

    10. I picked it randomly from the city library, but it did not fail me.Though I am not a christian, and do not by any chance know any Japanese people, what he depicted in the book is, as put by John Updike, empathetic. After all, the themes of faith, childhood scars, and the fearing of aging, the sense of guilt and gnaw of the conscience are common to all human beings.

    11. Great collection of short stories from Shusaku Endo. I got this from a sale, but you can also get this book from here.

    12. Kind of disappointed, to be honest. Not what I expected. Will still read Silence but I definitely enjoyed Ayako Miura's Shiokari Pass more. Stories lacked depth and seemed to always have the same elements just presented slightly different each time.

    13. Some of the writing is quite beautiful, but I'm honestly sick of reading about Christians in foreign lands through time, so the 2 stars are more personal than an objective rating.

    14. All of these stories are so interesting even though they have a lot of similarity. Endo really loved dogs, okay?

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