Silence by Shusaku Endo [A Review]

Silence is considered to be one of the great novels of the twentieth century. A story of religious persecution in seventeenth-century feudal Japan told by an idealist Jesuit priest. It is a fable of idealism and its victims, of suffering and cruelty, of betrayal, disillusionment and ultimate sacrifice. In 1640, Father Sebastian Rodrigues, an idealist…

Palace Walk by Naguib Mahfouz [A Review]

Palace Walk is the first novel of Nobel Prize Winner Naguib Mahfouz’s Cairo Trilogy. Considered to be his masterpiece, the trilogy follows the lives of members of the conservative al-Jawad family from the First World War to the Second. As Egypt struggles towards independence, so to do the younger members of the al-Jawad family struggle…