Endo's Shogun Novels

2 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 291 ratings

Silence Summary

Recipient of the 1966 Tanizaki Prize, it has been called Endo's supreme achievement" and "one of the twentieth century's finest novels".

Considered controversial ever since its first publication, it tackles the thorniest religious issues of belief and faith head on.

A novel of historical fiction, it is the story of a Jesuit missionary sent to seventeenth century Japan, who endured persecution that followed the defeat of the Shimabara Rebellion.

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    • Silence

    • By: Shusaku Endo
    • Narrated by: David Holt
    • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 255
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 216
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 217

    Recipient of the 1966 Tanizaki Prize, it has been called Endo's supreme achievement" and "one of the twentieth century's finest novels". Considered controversial ever since its first publication, it tackles the thorniest religious issues of belief and faith head on. A novel of historical fiction, it is the story of a Jesuit missionary sent to seventeenth century Japan, who endured persecution that followed the defeat of the Shimabara Rebellion.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • How a man comes face to face with God

    • By Sandy on 18-09-10

    Regular price: £14.99

    • The Samurai

    • By: Shusaku Endo
    • Narrated by: David Holt
    • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 36
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 20

    In the 17th century, the first Japanese ever to set foot in Europe travel to Rome on a diplomatic mission. All are baptised, but upon returning to Japan they discover that the Shoguns no longer wish to forge links with the West, nor will they tolerate the Christian religion. The Samurai who have until now reviled their adoptive religion, begin to find it may be all that is left for them. The events in this story actually took place.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • beautifully crafted

    • By rascallybear on 18-02-11

    Regular price: £18.99