“When I Whistle”, by Shūsaku Endō

Novel, 1974

The story of a moderately successful businessman and his ruthlessly ambitious son, who’s learning his trade as a doctor. This is a story of social power, ceilings and ambition, as well as a generations, love and loyalties. These grand themes are moved along with a skillful poise in extremely accessible, flowing writing, which builds and keeps delivering. A powerful, enduring read, in which some real empathy and understanding is given to most of the characters in the story, whatever the situation. A real family, social and political belter.

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