SilenceSilence by Shūsaku Endō, William Johnston
Published by Taplinger Publishing on January 1st 1999
Pages: 201
My Rating: five-stars

With an introduction by Martin Scorsese

Father Rodrigues is an idealistic Portuguese Jesuit priest who, in the 1640s, sets sail for Japan on a determined mission to help the brutally oppressed Japanese Christians and to discover the truth behind unthinkable rumours that his famous teacher Ferreira has renounced his faith. Once faced with the realities of religious persecution Rodrigues himself is forced to make an impossible choice: whether to abandon his flock or his God.

Winner of the 1966 Tanizaki Prize, Silence is Shusaku Endo's most highly acclaimed novel and a classic of its genre. It caused major controversy in Japan following its publication in 1967.

Silence will soon be a major film directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver.

I read this on a suggestion from my friend David. The book did not disappoint. It was challenging and made me ask a lot of questions of my own personal faith.

We also saw the movie that came out last year. I’m glad I read the book first to get the full impact of the events depicted. I imagined the main characters much different than the actors who portrayed them.

This was book number 4 of 52 for 2017.