Silence: A Novel (Picador Modern Classics) Review

  • Shusaku Endo’s classic novel of enduring faith in dangerous times, soon to be a major motion picture directed by Martin Scorsese, starring Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson, and Adam Driver
  • Silence I regard as a masterpiece, a lucid and elegant drama.”-The New York Review of Books
  • Seventeenth-century Japan: Two Portuguese Jesuit priests travel to a country hostile to their religion, where feudal lords force the faithful to publicly renounce their beliefs. Eventually captured and forced to watch their Japanese Christian brothers lay down their lives for their faith, the priests bear witness to unimaginable cruelties that test their own beliefs. Shusaku Endo is one of the most celebrated and well-known Japanese fiction writers of the twentieth century, and Silence is widely considered to be his great masterpiece.

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“This novel is very sad and very hard to take. It forces the reader to search one’s own soul. It is a very compelling story. Your opinion on the book is going to depend on where you are in your own life. I do not think you can read this story and be unchanged, unmoved. It is worth reading to the end and then turn it around and read it again. It is very powerful.” By R. Clayton

“This question, raised countless times by the main character Rodrigues, is just one of many theological issues that Endo explores in this highly emotional, extremely probing novel. The Christian period of Japan is regarded as a somewhat curious anomaly by the Japanese themselves, and is largely unknown in western circles. ” By C. E. Stevens VINE VOICE

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Product Details

Author: Shusaku Endo
Kindle Price: Hardcover from $11.69 Paperback $9.52 Audible $0.00 Mass Market Paperback from $28.71 Audio CD $29.99
Series: Picador Modern Classics
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Picador Modern Classics; Tra edition (January 5, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1250082242
ISBN-13: 978-1250082244
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (206 customer reviews)
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214 in Books

The Light Between Oceans: A Novel Review

  • The years-long <i>New York Times</i> bestseller and major motion picture from Spielberg’s Dreamworks is “irresistible…seductive…with a high concept plot that keeps you riveted from the first page” (<i>O, The Oprah Magazine</i>).<BR><BR>After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.<BR> <BR>Tom, who keeps meticulous records and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel insists the baby is a “gift from God,” and against Tom’s judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world. Their choice has devastated one of them.

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“This was a frustrating “nobody wins” story, and the ending was very anticlimactic. I wished that the author had done a better job in connecting the main character’s war service and his overwhelming desire to tell the truth. The war service and awards for valor were almost irrelevant to those decisions, in my opinion.” By Mark Pesnell

“Tom Sherbourne has miraculously survived World War I and finds himself in a small town in western Australia seeking work as a lighthouse keeper. A winner of medals of honor, he is no stranger to violence and killing. As he gets his first temporary job, he also meets Isabel, who becomes the love of his life. They begin a romance, marry and move to the isolated lighthouse, Janus, where they hope to start a family.” By Fairbanks Reader – Bonnie Brody TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE

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Author: M.L. Stedman
Kindle Price: Hardcover $17.50 Paperback $9.29 Audible $25.20 Mass Market Paperback $7.82 Audio CD $13.11 Multimedia CD from $707.14
File Size: 7650 KB
Print Length: 417 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1501127977
Publisher: Scribner; Media Tie-In edition (July 31, 2012)
Publication Date: July 31, 2012
Language: English
ASIN: B0064CL1T2
Text-to-Speech: Not enabled
X-Ray: Enabled
Word Wise: Enabled
Lending: Not Enabled
Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #483 Paid in Kindle Store

Finding Rebecca Review

  • Nothing could keep Christopher and Rebecca apart: not her abusive parents, or even the fiancé she brought home after running away to England. But when World War II finally strikes the island of Jersey, the Nazi invaders ship Rebecca to Europe as part of Hitler’s Final Solution against the Jewish population.
  • After Christopher and his family are deported back to their native Germany, he volunteers for the Nazi SS, desperate to save the woman he loves. He is posted to Auschwitz and finds himself put in control of the money stolen from the victims of the gas chambers. As Christopher searches for Rebecca, he struggles to not only maintain his cover, but also the grip on his soul. Managing the river of tainted money flowing through the horrific world of Auschwitz may give him unexpected opportunities. But will it give him the strength to accept a brave new fate that could change his life–and others’ lives–forever?
    Revised edition: This edition of Finding Rebecca includes editorial revisions.

  • Please note: Any typos or anachronistic language mentioned in reviews below referred to previous editions of this book before editorial revisions took place.

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“This was a wonderful book. Having just finished it, I’m still glowing from the amazing ending.  I was initially a little nervous about the war images on the cover but once I began reading, the storyline captivated me from start to finish. I truly had a hard time putting this down, from Christopher and Rebecca’s love story through the first part, to Christopher’s search for Rebecca and the finale in New York.” By Elizabeth Frimmer

“I liked the story, especially once it got to Christopher’s time in the camp. I like how it showed how some Europeans were pulled in different directions during WWII because of nationality/birthright rather than beliefs. The book would have benefited from another round of editing though – there were a surprising number of typos and some parts dragged on.” By Rachel Hurd

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Author: Eoin Dempsey
Kindle Price: Paperback $8.00 Audible $0.00 MP3 CD $9.99
File Size: 1386 KB
Print Length: 322 pages
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (October 28, 2014)
Publication Date: October 28, 2014
Language: English
ASIN: B00KDOYEF0
Text-to-Speech: Enabled
X-Ray: Enabled
Word Wise: Enabled
Lending: Not Enabled
Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #330 Paid in Kindle Store