25 Jun THIRTY years separate Deep River (translated by Van C Gessel, Peter Owen, pounds ), Shusaku Endo’s most probing novel since his. 24 Jan A review, and links to other information about and reviews of Deep River by Endo Shusaku. Deep River Summary & Study Guide. Shusaku Endo. This Study Guide consists of approximately 33 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis.

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Nothing is too ugly for the Ganges. Not a feel good story. The four main characters each have intriguing back stories and travel to India searching for freedom from grief and emptiness.

Deep River: Shusaku Endo, Van C. Gessel: : Books

There are others on the trip too, including a veteran of the war who suffered greatly during the Japanese campaign in Burma, a successful author who writes “stories shusku dogs and birds as their main characters”, and a couple on their honeymoon. For example, characters make statements about the various religions in the book, that as far as their knowledge and understanding goes, they believe to be true.

Japanese tourists in India One of the characters, a Japanese tour guide in Indian, even muses on how his fellow Japanese probably don’t understand what the meaning of religious practice is to Hindus, while he is if I am reading the text properly misunderstanding the practice himself.

Numada frees a myna bird, in repayment to the bird who saved him.

Kiguchi, a former Japanese soldier who endured torturous hunger and illness in Burma during World War II, mourns the wartime friend who saved his life, but suffered and died because of his guilt. Her dying demand of him is that he look for the reincarnation she is certain she will return to the world as.


It’s hard not to see Deep River as Endo’s own religious summa. Using the backdrop of ‘s India and the deep spirituality of the people coming to the Ganges in pilgrimage provokes something in each of our characters to lead them further on the path of life. Endo sees them as “cases”, and there is a chapter for each.

The World’s Religions Plus. Who needs real characters when you have an exotic backdrop and temples and pictures of virgin Marys and goddesses of suffering. The not even knowing why you don’t feel anything. I found this novel so much more powerful that Silence, which was about a group of Portuguese missionaries shusakj were tortured in Seventeenth Century Japan. Sponsored products related to this item What’s this?

The group includes Isobe, who is looking for his reincarnated wife, who he ignored when she was alive and Mitsuko, who has found emptiness in a series of personae: Nevertheless, he makes a sincere effort to follow her wishes, looking into this whole reincarnation idea and even corresponding with academics who study it.

British and colonial-Indian troops chased their unit through inhospitable terrain during the rainy season until starvation and illness set in. His search takes him to India, even though he has doubts about reincarnation. His life was saved by a comrade who ate human flesh in order to survive another Christian symbol but became an alcoholic because his guilt was terrible.

She comments that the chaos and disorder of India is comforting to her, while the neatly organized gardens of Paris are disconcerting. As the novel begins, Isobe enxo out his wife is dying from cancer. May 16, Jessica rated it it was amazing. The Life dhusaku Times of Jesus: He’s back, and he wants more than revenge View the Lesson Plans.

Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. The novel would appeal to people interested in spirituality generally. It was directed by Kei Kumai.


Deep River Summary & Study Guide

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Thirty years later back in Japan Tsukada has the misfortune to meet the wife and daughter of the man whose flesh he ate. Even still, I want to pettition the school to have the students read a better book for this unit.

I think someone on-line recommended a different book by Endo, but this was the one I found at my local used book shop. But I cannot altogether subscribe to such fickle ways of reality Yes, the characters sometimes did somet It would be easy to criticize Endo for pushing his religious views on the reader too much in this book.

Related Video Shorts 0 Upload your video. Deep River is a beautiful novel containing stories about people with issues in the late 20th century.

Like those books, Deep River is a collection of character sketches tied together by a situation, in this case a group of Japanese tourists on a tour of India. I really didn’t love it.

I read this book almost on accident. In sum, this is a good novel even if not an example of the greatest literature. An interesting feature is that he times the India-trip so that they are there when Indira Gandhi is assassinated by a Sikh bodyguard — another religious complication he has a bit more trouble with. Endo means something and it is our job as a reader to try and understand what he means by selections of events and thoughts that he choose to weave into a story.