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Shiokari Pass

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  221 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
Conmovedora historia de amor, en el Japón de primeros de siglo, cuando las culturas de Oriente y Occidente colisionaban en medio de una explosión de despertar espiritual. Basada en un hecho real, Un samurai cristiano es una conmovedora historia de amor, situada en el Japón de primeros de siglo, cuando las culturas opuestas de Oriente y Occidente colisionaban en medio de un ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published January 1st 1989 by Tuttle Publishing (first published 1968)
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Astrid Natasastra
Feb 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Yes.. this book is THAT good! it even made me cry.. (which I rarely do when I read a book).. I picked up this book accidentally at a discounted book store.. it was so cheap so I just grabbed it after reading the short sinopsis on the back cover.. and it was one of my biggest discovery so far.. I have recommended 2 friends to read it and they equally impressed.. and what's even greater .. this was based on true story.. this is the kind of book that will make you feel like you want to meet the cha ...more
Erica Krueger
Jan 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. What a book. I love how it brought Japanese culture to life in such wonderful descriptions and detail. This book is based on a true story of a man's incredible spiritual journey and conversion. We first meet him when he is a ten-year-old boy. I loved reading about the spiritual and developmental journey of this man (called in the story, Nabuo Nagano). His conclusions about life and the teachings of Jesus inspire me to be a better person and disciple of Jesus Christ. This book is credited wi ...more
Camilla Severns
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
You know those books that just upend your entire life? That make you stare blankly at nothing, questioning your existence after you finish reading? Yeah this book just did that to me. Wow.
Ruth Garlick
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have just finished Shiokari Pass, by Ayako Miura. A beautiful story, set in Japan. I loved the Japanese names, and the glimpse into their culture.
A bit slow to read – the story only really starts near the end, and there's a sad ending.
A Christian tale, a man who tried to live his life like Christ's.
Diane Gihring
Honestly, I was disappointed in the book. I am giving it the benefit of the doubt that a lot of the reason the book is lacking is because of the translation.

The book just has no "literary" elements to it. There is no subtext or complexity to the plot. It is all just out there and straight forward. It is overly didactic. The translators are British and so there a lot of British idioms, having Japanese people say "Fancy that"...just felt very weird.

On the other hand, the Christian message in the b
Genevieve Ng
Feb 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
very moving.
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, which I read only because I am traveling to the author's home city in Japan. I find the adoption of the Christian religion distressing, especially where one's own culture is being rejected (and devalued by the proselytizers.) By adopting the christian religion, which rejects the validity of all other religions, the adoptee is rejecting their own culture in favor of a(another) culture that devalues women and imbues a mythology with dictatorial control of their life and ...more
Jan 19, 2008 rated it really liked it
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Aug 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
I haven't read a book that has moved me for a long time. The simple elegance of telling weaves in beautifully with the story. Although it is, essentially, a book about Christianity, the thing I like about it most is that it immediately starts off the conflicts between the code of the samurai, buddhism, humanity and Christianity. It never made any indirect allusions to this conflict at all, as most were quite blatant. In a time when metaphors and symbolisms are too abundant, its quite refreshing ...more
Jorge Reyes
Feb 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
No soy muy ávido a las novelas, pero cuando las leo alguna busco altura en los argumentos y una semblanza cultural. Ediciones Palabra hace un gran esfuerzo por traducir y reflejar la bella historia que Ayako Miura quiere aproximar. A los latinos siempre se nos dificulta la cultura japonesa, por los grandes conflictos históricos y la divergencia sentimental. Bella historia, aunque doctrinalmente me encontre con algunos obstáculos para "reconocer" la riqueza de los valores cristianos. En fin, bell ...more
Jan 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book tells the story of a Japanese man searching for meaning (spoiler alert: he finds his purpose). It delves into the personal life of this character in a profound way - detailing his thoughts, private neuroses, and everyday life from childhood up to his death. The story will have you immersed in his passion for everything he sets his mind to. As he grows you grow with him in understanding why he is maturing and why he is making the decisions he does. His pure dedication to the woman he co ...more
Feb 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
This is really a YA novel though not billed as so. I don't know if the language of original Japanese was as simple as the English translation. It's a coming-of-age story about a Japanese boy whose intellectual/spiritual journey takes him from traditional Buddhist/Shinto beliefs to Protestant Christianity as he leaves his native Tokyo and moves to Hokkaido. Even as a young child he is quite imprisoned by his Buddhist scruples (He's no "Sin boldly" kind of guy). He turns out to be quite self-sacri ...more
Meth Randall
May 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult, reviewed
(I read this book in neither English nor Japanese, so please kindly point out any mistakes with the names of things.)

This was a moving story that went deep exploring the roots of humanity, and the story had an intense plot which was easy to follow, with a huge twist towards the end. The imagery worked well, and I also felt for the characters, seeing a little part of myself in each of them. I really liked the way the writer touched upon the true good virtues of life like loyalty, persistence, tru
Jim B
Aug 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The true story told by this book had great impact on the Japanese, and brought many to faith. When I lived in Japan in the 1980's, it was a well-known incident (also told in a Billy Graham movie, which is the first place I learned the story and learned about the author of this book, a Japanese Christian writer.

The story is so simply told that you forget the story teller and become engrossed in a story of Japan and yet not Japan, and the purest of Christian choices.
Jul 27, 2010 rated it liked it
This book was a breath of fresh air. Its simplicity in drawing the whole picture for the reader took me by surprise. At first, I will admit, I found the writing style too simple, as if I were reading a book for children, not that I mind in the least, but as the story developed I was quickly taken by surprised. Hidden behind the words is something quite remarkable and beautiful. It is a very touching story that whoever has the chance to experience.
Jul 25, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: big-red-circle
Despite being Christian propaganda, it's quite perceptive at times. But overall too schmaltzy and far too bizarre.

Is it even possible to do that with a runaway train? I'm going to need some convincing.
May 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Straightforward telling of a story that deals with the little-covered topic of Christians in Meiji Period Japan. Not as preachy as I thought it was going to be, but the religious message is very clear. Based on a true story; easy to read in a couple of hours.
Jan 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fabulous book. It wrenches your heart and at the same time makes you want to be a better person.
Chris Waterguy
Dec 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was at university when a friend lent me this book. I picked it up at 11pm, thinking I'd read a few pages before sleep. I finished at 4am - deeply moved.
Jan 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A deeply moving story about true sacrifice.
Yahaya Aluke
Aug 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Its one of my favorites.
May 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book is a very interesting story. I enjoyed learning about Japanese culture from this book too.
Oct 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Now my eyes are wet from tears. I just read the ending and I was hoping this story doesn't have to end. It is a beautifully written book, everyone should read this.
Josephine Victoria Tanjung
Mar 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
One of Daddy's all time fave's. Now one of mine.
Warren Christianson
May 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Very goodstory about that time in japan.
Jul 21, 2012 rated it liked it
A very moving story.
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