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Geoffrey Ivar studied Japanese and English Literature at the University of Virginia. He moved to Japan on the JET Programme to teach English, improve his Japanese, and gain a greater appreciation for Japanese literature. Although he has returned to live in America, he still travels frequently between Japan and the U.S.
on June 29, 2011 :
I'm not quite sure about this book. The narrative is very cynical take on Christianity in Japan in the early 1900s (though its seems that the author is suspect of religion more generally), but as it told in a very indirect, Japanese style it leaves me wondering if this is based on the author's general ideas or real life experience.
Overall, though, the narrative rings true, especially in light of the recent scandals involving Catholic priests.
(reviewed the day of purchase)