Reviewing Japanese Literature

Reviewing Japanese Literature

The list is good, very good indeed; however, the commentary and demurral on Endo's Silence seems odd.  The reader suggests that it is the religious theme rather than the power of the work that makes this appear on so many lists, and yet how does one separate one from the other?  It would be like saying that The Power and the Glory or The End of the Affair or Brideshead Revisited is not worthy of consideration as great work because it has a principally religious theme.  Endo's work is powerful and translates well out of the religious life into the dilemma's of every day life.  How often is one called upon to sacrifice a core belief in the desire not to cause harm to others? 

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