Shusaku Endo | Critical Essay by Anthony Thwaite

This literature criticism consists of approximately 2 pages of analysis & critique of Shusaku Endo.
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What distinguishes [Endo from the modern Japanese masters is his] deceptively simple blend of unimpeded narrative and matter-of-fact style with fidelity to Japanese behavior and psychology.

It would be easy to attribute Mr. Endo's accessibility to the fact that he is a Roman Catholic and therefore himself an "exotic" in Japan. He has been called "the Japanese Graham Greene."… [But] the label is unhelpful. What interests Mr. Endo—to the point of obsession—are the concerns of both the sacred and the secular realms: moral choice, moral responsibility….

"When I Whistle" is a seductively readable—and painful—account of these issues. Mr. Endo skillfully interviews two sets of characters from two periods of Japanese history: the militarism of the 1930's and the war years, and the brash opportunism of the early 1970's, when the country was impatient with past...

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