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When I Whistle
     

When I Whistle

by Shusaku Endo
 

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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.

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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 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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"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 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780720614374
Publisher:
Owen, Peter Limited
Publication date:
03/01/2012
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
277
Sales rank:
1,113,728
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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