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Silence
Silence | Shusaku Endo
"Silence I regard as a masterpiece, a lucid and elegant drama". Irving Howe. -- The New York Review of Books
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youneverarrived
Silence | Shusaku Endo
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#7days7covers #covercrush

Tagging @KirstieE if you want to join in? 7 of your favourite covers each day for a week, no explanation needed. Tag a litten each day to join in.

TheBookDream Wonderful movie 2mo
Cathythoughts ♥️♥️♥️ 2mo
sudi I didn't know this was a book 😳, i did watch the movie though 2mo
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youneverarrived @TheBookDream I‘ve not seen it, or read the book yet 🙈 2mo
youneverarrived @Cathythoughts some lovely covers for this ❤️ 2mo
youneverarrived @sudi I haven‘t seen the film or read the book but both look good 👍 2mo
KirstieE Thanks for the tag !! 2mo
vivastory We need to touch base about the Sleepless Nights discussion. Are you on Goodreads? If not, shoot me an email at vivastory26 (Gmail) & we can talk about the discussion questions & the best date/time for it. 2mo
youneverarrived @vivastory hi I‘m on goodreads same username as on here. I‘ve still not read it but plan on finishing it by the weekend. 2mo
vivastory Sounds good. Just let me know how you want to proceed. I know you have your hands full right now, so if you want I can post the discussion questions. 2mo
Suet624 This book ... so intense. 2mo
BiblioLitten Wow! 2mo
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Cathythoughts
Silence | Shusaku Endo
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#7covers7days #covercrush #day5

@Velvetfur would you like to join in ? 7 covers in 7 days - no explanations.

@CarolynM @MamaGina @Severnmeadows @Hazel0303 @Well-ReadNeck

Cinfhen Nice cover 2mo
CarolynM Gorgeous😍 2mo
LeahBergen This is a pretty one. 2mo
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RachelO Wow, that‘s a cover! 2mo
TrishB That‘s lovely 💕 2mo
Cathythoughts @Cinfhen @CarolynM @LeahBergen @RachelO @TrishB thanks! It‘s a beautiful book. A gift from generous @batsy over 2 years ago .... Litsy time is marching on ..... ♥️♥️♥️ 2mo
Tanisha_A Beautiful! 2mo
BarbaraBB Gorgeous cover! And such a tragic book... 2mo
batsy ❤️❤️ And yes, time sure does fly! 2mo
Velvetfur Thank you for the tag! Yes I've been asked already but haven't got myself together enough to join in yet, haha! I'll get onto it asap 👍 2mo
Severnmeadows Really striking! 2mo
Nute That is everything that a book cover should be - Gorgeous! 2mo
youneverarrived That is gorgeous! 2mo
Cathythoughts @Tanisha_A 👍🏻♥️♥️♥️ 2mo
Cathythoughts @BarbaraBB 👍🏻♥️♥️ 2mo
Cathythoughts @Severnmeadows it is a beautiful cover alright ♥️ 2mo
Cathythoughts @Nute I agree ♥️ 2mo
Cathythoughts @youneverarrived 👍🏻♥️♥️♥️ 2mo
Suet624 Wow. I read this book and that image brings it all back to me. 2mo
BiblioLitten 😍 2mo
DivineDiana ✨✨✨ 2mo
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rwmg
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rwmg
Silence | Shusaku Endo
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Thought provoking look at a period and events I'd heard of but knew nothing about

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rwmg
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hwestfall
Silence | Shusaku Endo
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Pretty excited to find this one at the Goodwill. It‘s been on my to read list for awhile.

rwmg My choice for my book club to read in July 5mo
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EadieB
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TheSpineView Truth! 🤩 6mo
TimSpalding So how does this work? I post one a day? Do I start counting at 1? 6mo
EadieB @TimSpalding You can start at one or just start with day 16. I think you can look under #litsyhappenings for the prompts for each day or under #cinfhen #TheSpineView #TK421 and #alwaysbeenaloverofbooks who are the hosts. (edited) 6mo
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BlueMonday42
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This was a hard one. As much historical fiction as allegory for intolerance, Endo‘s masterpiece challenges everything we know about missionary work. It is also commentary on society‘s acceptance or rejection of ideas that are not our own.

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Lauram
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Day 3: Although it‘s perfectly safe to audiowalk in my area, I like to decompress after work and be aware of my surroundings. It was eerily quiet on the trail today without cars or wildlife sounds. #LitsyWalkers @kaye

Kaye Looks peaceful. Nothing is out because it‘s too freakin cold. The squirrels are probably frozen to the tree branches and the birds have headed out til good weather comes back. I like the quiet in a place like that. 10mo
DarcysMom Looks like a great walk to take! 10mo
Bklover Loos so peaceful! 10mo
mdhughes72 Nice that your trail is maintained! 10mo
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BarbaraBB
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The Portuguese priest Rodrigues travels in 1639 to Japan to assist the local church. Prior to his arrival, the authorities had been attempting to force priests to renounce their faith by watching other Christians being tortured. At the climactic moment, Rodrigues hears the moans of those who have recanted but are to remain in the pit until he tramples the image of Christ. #SilentShout #OctoberXFiles

Jee_HookedOnBookz Wow adding this to my TBR right away 13mo
BarbaraBB @Jee_HookedOnBookz it‘s a heavy read about a time and subject I knew nothing about. Definitely worth it! 13mo
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Suet624
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I‘ve been thinking about this book for well over two weeks now. Discussions and images from the book pop up at the strangest moments. A powerful study in faith, passion, devotion, and sacrifice. A search for the answer as to why God is silent in the midst of religious persecution, barbaric cruelty, and suffering of any kind. This week‘s reporting on the brutal murder of a journalist has me asking this question yet again myself.

Crazeedi I would like to read this for sure 13mo
BarbaraBB Well said 😘 13mo
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Suet624
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As I sat by the lake thinking about this book and my life, I was primarily thinking about connection. In a few minutes these ducks came and sat beside me for about 30 minutes. A seagull came at the same time and sat on the other side of me for the same amount of time. Then 2 year old twin boys I‘d never met ran down the beach and sat on my lap. And the animals stayed put. I felt blessed and truly seen.

saresmoore Twin boys! Could there be a more clear message of grace and tender love for you? How wonderful! 13mo
Andrew65 😍 13mo
TheBookAddict 💕💕💕 13mo
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TrishB Sometimes we need to appreciate these things 😘 13mo
AmyG Twins know you are the mother of twins. This sounds so peaceful and wonderful. ❤️ 13mo
Lindy Wow! Thanks for sharing this. 🦆 13mo
Leftcoastzen How cool! Goes to show what can happen when we give ourselves time to just be. 13mo
LeahBergen This is so beautiful ❤️❤️ 13mo
Lmstraubie Beautiful 13mo
LauraBeth Awww - that‘s so beautiful! And you ARE seen! ❤️❤️ 13mo
readordierachel How lovely 💕 13mo
batsy That's beautiful. These are the moments that stay with you ❤️ 13mo
rohit-sawant How wonderful! 💜 13mo
kspenmoll So unusual. So blessed. ❤️❤️ (edited) 13mo
DivineDiana What a spiritual experience! We are all one. ❤️ 13mo
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vivastory
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I was deeply moved by Endo's exquisitely written tale of faith & courage. Endo's universal themes of personal convictions & sacrifices, should appeal to people of religious faith or no religious faith.
#CrucifyMyHeart #SeptemberDanes
@Cinfhen @Kalalalatja

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I have to move this one up my list, I really liked (edited) 14mo
BarbaraBB This was such a revealing book for me. I never new about Christians in Japan. 14mo
Kalalalatja Stacked! 14mo
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Daisey
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This is a difficult historical fiction book to listen to, and I took a break from it yesterday. Yet, I appreciate the compelling story and the writing.

The last few days have been rainy and I haven‘t taken a walk, but this morning it‘s cool and fall like making for an enjoyable #audiowalk.

#audiobook #1001books

Liz_M Excellent book! 1y
Daisey @Liz_M I finished it today and absolutely appreciated the experience although some of it was painful to get through. 1y
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trioxin_sematary
Silence | Shusaku Endo
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One straight outta my tbr jar, let me know what you think! 😊

#books #booknerd #littens #booklover #bibliophile #bookworm #literature #litsy #bookdiscussion

EadieB @trioxin_sematary Read and enjoyed this! My review: This was a very interesting read and I found Endo to be a wonderful writer. The events of the story will stay with you long after you have finished the novel. It's a very disturbing book, especially on the subjects of persecution, sacrifice, and ultimately apostasy. I would recommend this book for anyone who considers themselves Christian and anyone considering mission work. (edited) 1y
JenniferP This was a book that I appreciated but was a bit too out of my comfort zone to feel like I really connected with it. The culture, time period, and Christian mission elements were so foreign to me that I didn‘t have a good frame of reference for connecting with it. Interesting topic and great writing, though! 1y
vivastory I loved this one. Endo approaches religious faith in an universal manner, that even as an atheist I was deeply moved by it. 1y
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ShookBelf
Silence | Shusaku Endo
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Love the brutal simplicity of the cover of my Thursday #bookmail.

Tanisha_A Lovely cover! 1y
Libby1 This book, and that cover, are amazing. 1y
Cortg I forgot I really wanted to read this! Glad you posted it 😂 1y
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knittedgnome What a beautiful cover! 1y
Tamra I watched part of the movie and it is indeed brutal. 1y
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Daisey
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For my fellow #1001books readers, today's Audible Daily Deal is this book for $2.95.

vivastory One of my favorites 2y
Daisey @vivastory Good to hear! It sounds interesting, and I was happy to see the deal since it's also a book I've been unable to find using any of my local library resources, although I could get it through Mid-Continent. 2y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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The preface of this book states Shusaku Endo has been called the Japanese ‘Graham Greene‘.
#mounttbr
#magicalmarch #silence

BiblioLitten Looks promising. Do let us know how you like it. 2y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk I have this on audio but holy cuss! That cover! 2y
Faibka Looking forward to your review, it‘s been on my tbr for a long time now 2y
vkois88 Sounds good, just based on the excerpt from the description about 2y
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Wilkie
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A powerful book about making an impossible decision. What do you do when you have to choose between your God and your flock? David Mitchell said that Silence is ‘ One of the finest historical novels written by anyone, anywhere....Flawless‘ I agree.

Cinfhen Great photo! Your blurb makes it sound really intriguing 2y
Wilkie @Cinfhen it‘s a very interesting read. Very well written. 2y
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Wilkie
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My current reads are: Silence by Shusaku Endo (as an atheist I am fascinated by Catholicism) Dracula (As an vegetarian I am fascinated by blood sucking) and volume 141 of Granta (as an Australian I am fascinated by Canadians) @bookriot #riotgrams #currentread

Kalalalatja Great photo! 2y
Wilkie @Kalalalatja Thanks! Litsy is inspiring me to be more creative with my photo‘s! Yours are great! 2y
TorieStorieS That planter!!! I love it!!! 2y
Wilkie @TorieStorieS Thanks! It‘s from House of Rym💖 2y
TorieStorieS Thanks!! I‘m going to check their website out now!!! 😄 2y
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Wilkie
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Shhhh! I‘m reading. 🧐

Debiw781 ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
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tricours
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I though this would be more of an epic story, when it‘s actually quite short. A bit too short to have a very big effect, but by all means a good book.

Tamra I haven‘t read it, but I think I‘m going to watch the film on Amazon this afternoon. Book Heresy & Blasphemy! 😆 2y
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ReadosaurusText
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They say silence is golden, and it can also be #tranquil--though I don't think the plot of this historical fiction sounds golden or tranquil.

This book actual be my brother's from a long-ago high school summer reading list. Mine now!

#reading resolutions #tbr

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Jessicaswebster
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And like the sea God was silent.

Nat_Reads This has been sitting here waiting to be read for months! 2018 TBR for sure! 2y
Jessicaswebster It‘s a great story, I hope you enjoy it too!! 2y
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AmyAgentBor
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For Love Christ would have apostatized. Even if it meant giving up everything he had.

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BarbaraJean
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Silence was the best book I read this month, by far. Powerful and thought-provoking—highly recommended. But I also had some definite wins in the audiobook department—from the beauty and growing creepiness of Wylding Hall, to the hilarity of How to Train Your Dragon. This was a good reading month!
#BestofSeptember #Fallintobooks

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mellisarock
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"Libraries really are wonderful. They are better than bookshops even. Bookshops make a profit off selling you books, but libraries just sit there lending you books quietly out of the kindness of their hearts." -- Jo Watson
♥️?

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BarbaraJean
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I finished this last weekend, but needed time to process a bit before reviewing. The narrative was stark and simple throughout, and powerful in its simplicity. It's amazing the depth this novel conveys through such economy of language. The beauty of Rodrigues' meditations on the face of Christ, the agonizing choice presented to the priests... I was left with so much I wanted to process & discuss. It made me miss my old book group in South Africa!

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BarbaraJean
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After a long "I've been meaning to read that" phase, I finally started this one last night. I've heard such good things about it; I'm not sure I'm ready for the harrowing journey, but I'm diving in. I know it'll be powerful, so here I go with letter E for #LitsyAtoZ!

Libby1 This one is excellent. 2y
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Josh_G
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Powerful. Beautifully simple. Haunting.

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BarbaraBB
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Silence is a historical story about Christian persecution and martyrdom in Japan in the 17th century. The silence of the title is the silence of God, who oversees how thousands of Japanese are being tortured and put to death because of their Catholic faith. This makes some of the characters doubt their faith and these doubts show the inner struggle of Endo himself (being a Christian in Japan). #1001books

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Julz422
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I wonder if others will appreciate or love this book as much as I did. As a practicing Catholic, I think this book beautifully captures and describes the complexities of faith and as someone traveling through Spain and Portugal currently- where the history of Christians enforcing and taking over peoples at different times is so evident- this gave me a lot to think about 🤔🙏 I want to see the movie!

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Julz422
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Love this description. Loving this book. So easy to read and beautifully written

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Julz422
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Taking this one with me on my trip!

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BarbaraJean
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I'm posting this as my #JuneMostAnticipated because it's been on my #TBR for ages, and I'm determined that this is finally the month! I have been anticipating this one for some time, and now it's migrated to the nightstand, so you know I'm serious. 😏Never mind the pile of abandoned TBR intendeds it's sitting on top of...
#junebookbugs

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EmiisBooks
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Bookstore haul 😍📚

I've already read The 5th Wave but I wanted my own copy since I like the series. 👽

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kochtob
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This is one of the most thought-provoking novels I've ever read. On the surface, it's a story of non-believers persecuting the Catholic faith, but if we go deeper, it's a story about our personal struggles against our faith (regardless of what religion you belong to). The book tries to answer the question as to why God stays silent amidst all the suffering in the world. There are no clear answers...and that is what makes this novel so beautiful.

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kochtob
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"Trample! Trample! It is to be trampled on by you that I am here."

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Sweettartlaura
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One more #challengecheckin
Here's my spreadsheet to track #192019challenge, & my #birthdaychallenge

By the end of this year, most of the 2 columns on the right will be full.

This is also gonna start to change up my monthly TBRs. I need to make sure I have 2 or 3 each month that will fill some of these empty slots.

But I'm enjoying going back to older works. Can't wait 'til I get way back to the 1920s 🙂

HotMessJess SPREADSHEET LOVE 3y
Sweettartlaura @HotMessJess Right?😍. Everybody's got their awesome pics, but I looooove my spreadsheets & lists😍❤️😍 3y
diovival This is cool. 3y
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Sweettartlaura @diovival It's not too late to start this challenge if you like - you have until the end of 2019 to finish🙂 3y
diovival I wish! I'd never make it all the way through. But it could be fun to try. 🤔 3y
Sweettartlaura @diovival Think of alllllll those classics you've been meaning to read 🤔 Now you'll have the reason to finally do it... 😉 3y
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Olivia306
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I discovered this book thanks to the movie trailer. I think it deals with doubt, faith and will in an engaging manner, though at times it can be boring or predictable. I think it puts into focus the way faith is always accompanied by doubt and questions to which we might not like the answer. The theme of silence is present also in stiffling images that seem only to enhance the pressure on the character. It's a thought-provoking book.

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shawnmooney
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Panpan

This was a well-written novel, loved by many, but it just wasn't for me. I found it boring and maddening. Boring because the only thing less interesting to me than religious faith might be trigonometry. Maddening because religious proselytization is morally reprehensible, although obviously the torture and murder of (in this case) Christians is even more so. Just not my kind of story. I will never watch the film, not in a million years.

LeahBergen 😮😮 Damn! I thought it sounded interesting when you were blurbing about it. 3y
shawnmooney @LeahBergen If it sounds interesting to you, you should give it a try. I am definitely in the minority - I just have a huge chip on my shoulder about organized religion. ❤ 3y
Weaponxgirl I haven't been to see the movie as I feel the same as you about religion most of the time. I also can't watch white saviour stories and was worried it would be one of those. I was considering the book but may give it a pass now. 3y
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shawnmooney @LeahBergen @Weaponxgirl Several of my middle-aged and senior students here in Japan loved this book. All of them are non-religious, non-Christian. I'm struck by this. Within Japan, liking this book is a way to kind of rebel against the pat pro-Japan history their formal education was limited to, maybe? (edited) 3y
LeahBergen @shawnmooney That's an interesting comment about the pro-Japan rebellious notion. That sort of stuff fascinates me. I may still give it a read if I find it in my used bookshop travels. 🙂 3y
Hobbinol Thanks for breaking the... silence about this book. 3y
shawnmooney @Hobbinol Lol! Don't start a pun war with me, buster! You'll get us both kicked off Litsy! :-) 3y
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LuLeeBelle
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I don't know of anything more directed towards my niche interests than this body right here.
Thank you, Scorsese, for bringing so beautifully and gut wrenchingly 2 things I hold so beloved to American audiences. That being the authentic pain that is Catholic spirituality, and Japanese culture - it's self, awful and beautiful.

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shawnmooney
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The fumi-e was a likeness of Jesus or Mary upon which Tokugawa authorities would force suspected Christians to trample to prove they were not Christians. Anyone who refused would be tortured and/or killed.

Libby1 What a book. 3y
Suet624 That just made my heart hurt. (edited) 3y
Desha This...I lived in an area of Japan where many Christians were martyred. My small town had a tourist spot "Shrine to the Christian Martyrs". It was right next to the town's Buddhist temple. They were both up on a hill and on my jogging route I always went up and down that hill...the question of the day for the jog was "which direction?" Shrine first or temple first? #lifeinruraljapan ?☺️❤️ I'm looking forward to watching the movie for this! 3y
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shawnmooney
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Imagineannie Silence is one of my favorite novels. I have never understood why it had such significant impact on my college self when I first read it, but maybe the "why" of it isn't important. 3y
BooksForEmpathy Ooh! The movie was so spectacular. I may have to pick up the book. 3y
andrew61 I picked this up in a charity shop a few years ago after i heard a discussion about it on radio 4's book programme yet it still languishes in a huge pile in my spare bedroom. I now have the dilemma of book or film first! I suspect book might win as there are few films that match the written word. The quote certainly has me heading to dig it out. 3y
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RuSirius3
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Yesterday's book usual. Has anyone read Silence? 📚📚📚😊

mrsa_d No, but it's on my list, for some reason I thought it would be longer than that! 3y
vivastory I LOVE Silence. Very powerful. Even as an atheist, I was deeply moved by it. The film is an excellent adaptation. 3y
readinginthedark I haven't but I'd like to! I've heard great things. 3y
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TNbooklover66 I have. It's a very powerful book I can't wait to see the movie. 3y
BookishJess It's on my TBR as well. Sounds like it will be a great read. 3y
mjdowens Cannot find as an ebook except in Italian☹️ 3y
RuSirius3 I bought my copy at CostCo. 3y
lrh9 Haven't read Silence, but CARAVAL has been on my TBR pile ever since I heard about it a year ago. Can't wait to read it! 3y
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vivastory
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Just returned from seeing the excellent film adaptation of "Silence." Just enough time to finish my #24in48
#readathon