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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Love the brutal simplicity of the cover of my Thursday #bookmail.
For my fellow #1001books readers, today's Audible Daily Deal is this book for $2.95.
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.
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
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!
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!
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
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!
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...
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.
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 🙂
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yesterday's book usual. Has anyone read Silence? 📚📚📚😊