In beginning to read this book written by Shusaku Endo I found myself a little lost. He starts off by telling the stories of different people and you find yourself asking, where and how are all these different stories in any way related By the end of the book it is evident, all these people are searching for something. But what they are looking for in my mind they are searching the wrong places.
We begin the book by reading of the story of a man named Isobe. Here we have the typical Japanese man who is very distant to his wife and family. Till one day he finds out that his wife has cancer. He learns that she has maybe three to four months to live and visits her at the hospital everyday after work. While in the hospital his wife, Keiko, begins ytalking to the Gingko tree outside of her hospital room window.Here displays aform of animism. I feel that his wife was experiencing true inner peace and that she felt that everything in th world around her contained
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