El Samurai (Spanish Edition) [Shusaku Endo] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The Samurai is a novel by Japanese author Shusaku Endo first published in It tells a fictionalized story of a 17th-century diplomatic mission to “Nueva. Shusaku Endo historical voyage, filled with danger and hardship, The Samurai is a haunting novel of endurance, faith and hubris. ‘Endo to.

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El Samurai

Being happy when they are happy. The emissaries set sail inaccompanied by an ambitious Franciscan missionary who hopes to bargain trading privileges with the West for the right to head his order in Japan. Return to Book Page. Share your thoughts with other customers.

It is a great book. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. A warm spring sun was shining on the waves, and the clouds floating in the sky were as soft as cotton. The reticent and insular nature of Japanese society means the the overly-exuberant nature of European Christianity would never be an easy fit.

The Samurai

Some of the other envoys are also finely drawn, but these two are the central masterpieces and their authenticity prevents Endo’s account lapsing too far into the confessional. Perhaps a healthy alternative to the God of the Prosperity Gospel, but still a bit of an overshoot because there is no victory in Jesus in this book.

Thoughts of a couple other books come to mind Shogun’s This morning, after checking the presidential election result’sI finished Endo’ powerful story, one to long be remembered. Write a customer review. I think He lives in the wretched homes of these Indians.

The other side of the coin is Father Velasco, a Spanish Franciscan missionnary who has convinced himself that God wants him to prozelitise Japan, no matter the cost.

Endo is able to skilfully render the feelings and emotions of the Japanese emissaries and merchants who accompany Father Velasco, who increasingly feeling engulfed within a world which has no place for their introversion and mannerisms and who are gradually guided into disaster by a priest whose egoism blinds him to the futility of his own mission.


In the face of disillusionment and death, samurai Rokuemon’s only support and solace come from the spiritual lord he is not even sure he believes in. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. He convinces the local shogun to send a delegation of Japanese to Nueva Espana Mexico for the stated purpose of opening up trade relations, but also to give Velasco more authority In The Samurai, Endo tells his story from the point of view of two different characters: Apr 06, booklady rated it it was amazing Shelves: He will always care about you.

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Looking for beautiful books? In The Samurai, Endo tells his story from the point of view of two different characters: No good seems possible from such a hopeless undertaking; certainly not the varied objectives sought by all those who set off for Mexico.

This was a required text for an intro world history class I’m taking at sakurai private Christian liberal arts university. The characters were I think the strongest point of the novel, with Possibly best of Endo’s novels, the best I’ve read this far anyway. A naturally gregarious man who seeks to explore the world, his narration is dominated by a sense of foreboding and narcissism; Father Velasco is driven by a sense of his own greatness, his muscular Christianity is dominated by his desire for renown; Bishop of Japan and saviour of heathens, he sees himself as an apostle reborn.

The story takes place in the early 17th century during a time This novel was published in and is considered by some to be the best of the work of the Japanese writer, Shusaku Endo. Cortes and Montezuma Maurice Collis. This is not the first book by Endo that I have read, but it is the one that I like best.


In America, we tend to like an ending where the shusa,u guy dies, the main character gets the hot girl, they have lots of kids and die happy at the age Mar 31, Adrienne rated it really liked it Shelves: Cut off from Japan, they have no way of learning that the court faction that supported eendo is being defeated by a very religious Buddhist who views Christianity as a threat to Japan.

Long ago discarded the vague Catholicism of my youth. Get to Know Us.

Before his death inEndo was the recipient of a number of outstanding Japanese literary awards: Samufai has all the things characteristics of him, ambiguous and unorthodox, instense personal emotions, insight and an effective fndo backdrop. Japanese is a hard language to translate mainly because there is so much left to context and a lot more left unsaid because a Japanese reader understands allusion at a deeper level than Westerners do.

It showed none of the slow development, attention to physical detail, nor focus on family that all attract me to Japanese writers.

This is not a presentation that allows or even invites the reader to reflect and arrive at his own conclusions. Fine book that transcends cliched depictions of Japanese culture and clandestine religious orders. They are no longer the sort of people He sought after. But as the samurai continues to reject the Christianity forced upon him by Velasco, he finds a Japanese monk who lives among colonized Indians, and is continually haunted by the image of the “ugly and emaciated” Christ whom many call King.