When I Whistle

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One of Endo's most unusual and powerful novels is set largely in a modern hospital, with themes and scenes that eerily seem to predate Never Let Me Go
 
A jaded businessman has a chance encounter with the doctor son of his best friend at school, Ozu, and memories are stirred of a former love interest of Ozu's, Aiko. The son of his friend proves to be contemptuous of the outmoded values of his father's world and ruthless in ...

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Overview

One of Endo's most unusual and powerful novels is set largely in a modern hospital, with themes and scenes that eerily seem to predate Never Let Me Go
 
A jaded businessman has a chance encounter with the doctor son of his best friend at school, Ozu, and memories are stirred of a former love interest of Ozu's, Aiko. The son of his friend proves to be contemptuous of the outmoded values of his father's world and ruthless in pursuit of success at his hospital. The story reaches a terrible climax when Aiko, now a middle-aged cancer-sufferer, is admitted to the hospital and Ozu leads the way in experimenting on her with dangerous drugs. 

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Editorial Reviews

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"WOW."  —Beltway Literature blog

"Endo is a good storyteller. If [When I Whistle and Volcano] are good representations of his larger body of work, I'll definitely be reading more of his books in the future."  —Between the Covers blog

"Incredible...like a violin note in the midst of chaos."  —A Room of One's Own blog 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780720614374
  • Publisher: Owen, Peter Limited
  • Publication date: 3/1/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 277
  • Sales rank: 1,551,514
  • Product dimensions: 4.80 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Shusako Endo (1923–1996) is widely regarded as one of the greatest Japanese authors of the late 20th century, and the nation's leading Christian novelist. Born in 1923, he won many major literary awards and was nominated for the Nobel Prize several times. His novels, which have been translated into 28 languages, include Deep River, The Final Martyrs, A Life of Jesus, ScandalSilence, and Wonderful Fool. Martin Scorsese's long-cherished film version of Silence is in production and due for release in 2013.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2002

    A story of alienation

    Without a doubt, it is a very good novel. And in my primitive view a very Japanese one as well. What makes it Japanese in my eyes? It is the filigran way in which one of the most well known XX century liberal Japanese novelists describes the world around the characters. One can really feel, smell and taste the soya pancakes, the young Ozu is eating, feel the poor cold post-war Japanese village and smell the odors of a modern hospital where Ozus son is working. The worlds, author describes, are very different. First, there is in an old-fashioned way threatening but cozy pre-war Japanese Empire. It is a bit sad, but colourful. The, on the other hand, some of the action plays in contemporary Japan (during the sixties, one can presume), which is modern, unpolitical but cold, so cold as the snow on the highes peaks, so cold that poor old Ozu has nothing left but try to find some warmer spots even if he deep inside understands, that there are none. All he has is hope...

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