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  1. says:

    I first read Shusaku Endo s novel The Sea and Poison and this was my second encounter with him, as a play, and I found it manageably readable because I rarely read plays and it is quite impossible to compare reading the novel with the play I think the play has primarily been written for actors to perform on the stage so that its audiences can appreciate it as a performing art in which they can experience all effects involved there, that is, its lights, colors, sounds, discourses, emotions, et I first read Shusaku Endo s novel The Sea and Poison and this was my second encounter with him, as a play, and I found it manageably readable because I rarely read plays and it is quite impossible to compare reading the novel with the play I think the play has primarily been written for actors to perform on the stage so that its audiences can appreciate it as a performing art in which they can experience all effects involved there, that is, its lights, colors, sounds, discourses, emotions, etc Thus, reading this play would be essentially secondary due to its limited function or purpose of the author However, its readers advised to read its companion novel Silence should understandon the 1633 ruthless events as described in this play back cover.From this play, I first found these two new terms used in calling Japan interesting the first being golden country p 24, passim and the second mudswamp p 69, passim One of the reasons is that I have never read or found them before in any short story, novel, tale, etc translated from Japanese Figuratively exemplified, the terms having marvelously been revealed Endo s literary expertise might amaze his readers with different effects As for the first, Hirata says, They have come to us in pursuit of a vision, in search of a golden country p 24 and in Act 2, Scene 2 Tomonaga talks about the golden country first mentioned by St Francis Xavier while Inoue doesn t agree with the term p 64 and later he argues, Inoue dono, you said just now that the seed would not grow, in this mudswamp called Japan But I, just like the Fathers, believe that Japan is the golden country p 69 These denote Hirata s and Tomonaga s admirable, optimistic attitude in contrast with Inoue s contemptuous, pessimistic attitude toward the country


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    Endo s novel Silence stands as one of the most powerful works I ve read over the last few years After my third read in preparation for Martin Scorsese s upcoming film adaptation I stumbled upon The Golden Country To be fair, Endo isn t a playwright by trade This is most apparent during the first two acts Nonetheless, acts three and four stand as a full and complicated picture of both Father Ferreira and Inoue s relationships with Christianity and Japan The play offers some insight into th Endo s novel Silence stands as one of the most powerful works I ve read over the last few years After my third read in preparation for Martin Scorsese s upcoming film adaptation I stumbled upon The Golden Country To be fair, Endo isn t a playwright by trade This is most apparent during the first two acts Nonetheless, acts three and four stand as a full and complicated picture of both Father Ferreira and Inoue s relationships with Christianity and Japan The play offers some insight into the inner struggles of Inoue, showing a side of him only barely glimpsed in Silence I highly suggest it, though only after reading Silence


  3. says:

    A beautiful and powerful companion piece to Shusaku Endo s masterpiece Silence filled, just as Silence was, with challenging ideas and deep wrestlings with the intricacies and the mystery of the nature of true faith, true love, and Christ s mercy Easy to read but, emotionally challenging.


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    It was like two different books or plays The first part was ponderous to read Dialogue was slow or trite and character development thin The second part was very well crafted and around page 63 it gets interesting The book is about a priest Father Christopher Ferreira, who goes to Japan to proselytize and is eventually given the chance to become a martyr or apostate Up until page 63 you get a sense of the cultural issues in converting Japanese to Catholicism But from this page on, everythi It was like two different books or plays The first part was ponderous to read Dialogue was slow or trite and character development thin The second part was very well crafted and around page 63 it gets interesting The book is about a priest Father Christopher Ferreira, who goes to Japan to proselytize and is eventually given the chance to become a martyr or apostate Up until page 63 you get a sense of the cultural issues in converting Japanese to Catholicism But from this page on, everything is laid bare The author opines on the Japanese culture and Faith A Japanese character Inoue, claims that Japan is a mudswamp and true conversion is not possible From there, we are shown why Inoue believes this mostly through his own words An interesting component of the play is the self exploration it induces The good Father is forced to confront his inner strength and conviction as he is tortured The author does a good job of putting this into perspective It plays out as we read how various characters respond to this same trial.Overall, it s a great play about man versus himself, his demons, his strength and the power of darkness I was at first lulled into sleep but in the end I was left deep in thought


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    The Golden Country is the prequel to Shusaku Endo s masterful novel Silence It basically has the same plot, same tone, and same message, to the point of whole chunks of dialogue being lifted from Silence A Portuguese Catholic priest lives in hiding in Japan, during an era where Christianity is criminalised He administers the sacraments to Japanese Christians in secret, knowing that if they are discovered they could be executed or worse As the tragedy unfolds, questions of faith, suffering, i The Golden Country is the prequel to Shusaku Endo s masterful novel Silence It basically has the same plot, same tone, and same message, to the point of whole chunks of dialogue being lifted from Silence A Portuguese Catholic priest lives in hiding in Japan, during an era where Christianity is criminalised He administers the sacraments to Japanese Christians in secret, knowing that if they are discovered they could be executed or worse As the tragedy unfolds, questions of faith, suffering, idolatry, colonialism, and secularism echo throughout So what separates Silence from The Golden Country Firstly, form Silence is a novel, The Golden Country is a play Secondly, while Silence focused on the perspective of the European priests, this play places greater emphasis on the Japanese Christians and their experiences You also come away from the play with a deeper understanding of the novel s villains Inoue and Ferreira , as their motivations and reasons for being are central to the story This beggars the question which is better That s a difficult question, as they are both so similar, and both so good The format of The Golden Country makes it easier to devour, but also limits the potential for introspection and streams of consciousness that made the novel such an experience They re both stellar reads, and while I don t think you need to read both, you definitely need to read one before you die


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    3.5Can only be appreciated if preceded by reading Silence The play ispainful to read because it iscondensed and does not have all the details in the novel It focuses only on Ferreira and Innoue as the main conflicting ideologies The play itself does not have the strong form of the great plays but it makes up for it by not being a long one.


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The Golden Country The Events Described In This Exciting And Provocative Three Act Play, A Companion Piece To Endo S Highly Acclaimed Novel Silence, Take Place In 1633, Nearly A Hundred Years After Christianity Was Introduced Into Japan By This Time, Japanese Christians Were Being Cruelly Persecuted By The Government Every Christian Searched Out Was Made To Apostatize Or Suffer A Slow, Agonizing Death.The Central Character Of The Golden Country Is Father Christopher Ferreira, A Portuguese Jesuit Missionary Given Shelter By A Christian Farming Community, Everyone Looks To Him For Help, Including One Of His Chief Persecutors When, After Cruel Torture, Father Ferriera Apostatizes To The Disbelief Of His Japanese Converts, The Play Reaches A Climax That Is Later Capped Only By The Courage, Nobility And Love Of The Martyrs Father Francis Mathy S Detailed Introduction To This Tightly Constructed Drama, Which Poses Basic Questions About The Meaning Of Faith, Love And Fate, Provides Valuable Historical Background.