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Le tumulte des flots

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«- Hatsue ! cria le garçon.
- Saute par-dessus le feu. Si tu sautes par-dessus..., dit la fille d'une voix claire et forte.
Le garçon n'hésita pas. Le corps nu, que la flamme illuminait, il prit son élan sur la pointe des pieds et bondit au travers du feu. En un clin d'œil il se trouva droit en face de la fille. Sa poitrine toucha légèrement les seins de Hatsue.»

Mass Market Paperback, Folio, 256 pages
Published April 21st 1978 by Gallimard (first published 1954)
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Cris N. There's a lot of description in this book about the nature on the island and the way of life of the islanders (which some people thought was boring…moreThere's a lot of description in this book about the nature on the island and the way of life of the islanders (which some people thought was boring filler, while others thought it was beautiful). However, there is solid content too; you get the tale of Shinji and Hatsue, obviously. There's also some nice Shintoist spirituality expressed (prayers, dreams, rituals). (less)
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Jr Bacdayan
Aug 29, 2016 Jr Bacdayan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The fresh morning breeze blows through your face, the sun is rising in the far horizon. An early ray of sunlight catches your vision and you feel temporarily overwhelmed by the gentle brightness of its glare but you welcome the comforting warmth caressing your skin. The chirping of morning birds and the steady buzzing of insects melt into a unified chorus of vitality that invigorates your slowly rising spirit. A smile comes to your lips. You live a simple rural life, uncomplicated, fulfilling. Y ...more
Oct 23, 2014 Algernon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014

You must remember this
A kiss is still a kiss
A sigh is just a sigh
The fundamental things apply
As time goes by.

The most enduring stories are often very simple. Boy meets girl, they like each other, the world conspires to drive them apart, they remain faithful to each other and, in the end, they may be reunited or forever alone. His name is Shinji, her name is Hatsue, but for most of the book they are referred to as 'the boy' and 'the girl'. The boy is a poor fisherman whose father has been kille
Sep 01, 2011 Mariel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: dream land
Recommended to Mariel by: I think I love Yukio Mishima now
I'm probably crazy and am imagining a considering feeling between Yukio Mishima and me. I'm feeling like he's a kindred spirit kind of author who wants the same kinds of things that I wanted. (Past tense, I mean. For him, not me. I want.)

Pretend I'm not crazy. What if The Sound of Waves was a beautiful story about young love between two young and loving individuals? Shinji, a simple guy who liked simple, pure at heart things like providing for his family and village. Not simple life stuff like
Liz* Fashionably Late
Kinda BR with Lau and Shii :P

"But the strange way in which love can torture the heart with desire was no longer a novel thing for him."

Mishima was a peculiar author and his uniqueness is reflected in Shinji and Hatsue's love story. You can expect Mishima's commitment to the island with detailed, aesthetic descriptions just as much as to breasts and tanning.

Star-crossed lovers are often fated and forced to chose between life and love so I thought I knew what to expect from The Sound of Waves.
Clearly, breasts fascinated Mishima. Now that we’ve established this (or rather he did through a couple of scenes and descriptions)…

This is a story that embraces modern sexuality and teenage angst, a love story involving a young fisherman, Shinji, and a rich man’s daughter named Hatsue. Where there is love, there is rivalry, for Shinji must deal with another boy who feels entitled to Hatsue. As a result, conflict and gossip ensues and though deeply in love, Shinji and Hatsue find themselves cons
Sep 01, 2016 Elina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Λατρεύω τους περισσότερους κώδικες τιμής των λαών της ανατολής κι έτσι το βιβλίο ήταν όπως περίπου το περίμενα. Η μόνη παρατήρηση είναι ότι σε αρκετά σημεία νομίζω είχε πρόβλημα η μετάφραση. Ενιωθα ότι ο μεταφραστής απλά μετάφρασε κάποιες προτάσεις από τα ιαπωνικά τελείως στεγνά, χωρίς να γίνεται και εννοιολογική μεταφορά. Δεν είμαι ειδική οπότε μην το πάρετε τοις μετρητοίς. Συνολικά το προτείνω για την διαφορετικότητά του.
Apr 24, 2012 Lau rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
«Oyó el rumor del oleaje que rompía en la orilla, y fue como si su sangre joven se agitara al ritmo de las grandes olas marinas.»

Hace muchos años que sentía intriga por este libro, me pasa mucho con los que tienen títulos lindos y poéticos (un día eso me va a jugar en contra).
Es el primer libro que leo de Yukio Mishima –aunque no será el último– y sólo con el principio me enamoré del estilo del autor.
Para mi gusto, el Capítulo 1 da cátedra de cómo se debe describir un lugar para teletransp
Apr 08, 2014 Carla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tumultuante simplicidade.

“À luz da vigia, Shinji estudou a fotografia de Hatsue. A rapariga estava apoiada a um pinheiro alto do cabo Daio e a brisa marinha erguia a fímbria dos seus vestidos, remoinhando sob o ligeiro quimono branco de Verão e acariciando-lhe a pele nua. A coragem do rapaz reforçava-se com a recordação de que também ele fizera aquilo que agora o vento fazia na imagem.” (P.144)

May 25, 2007 Taylor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone, esp. fans of Murakami, people looking to try asian literature
Instead of reading the classics that most people read during their junior year of high school, we read stuff like this. Which, truth be told, is perfectly okay with me, because this is an absolutely stunning novel that I probably never would've read if it weren't for my International Baccalaureate program.

The book centers around a young teen romance that seems destined to never be achieved - yes, a typical plot, but it is approached so atypically by Mishima. He writes in a style not too unlike t
Jan 14, 2017 Sub_zero rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reto-2017
Elegante y atmosférica, la novela de Mishima es una entrañable historia de amor primerizo, pero también un hermoso lienzo donde se dibujan las vidas de una pequeña comunidad de pescadores japoneses. Con su envolvente y característica prosa, el escritor nipón demuestra una habilidad pasmosa para transportarte a la remota isla de Utajima y que puedas percibir sus paisajes, costumbres, aromas o incluso el embate del viento. El romance que surge entre Shinji, un joven curtido en las lides de alta ma ...more
Jan 06, 2017 Pavle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: takozvano-ostalo
Mišimina rečenica stvarno pruža veliko uživanje, ali sama narativa je poprilično ustaljena i, pa, bajata. Od tipične hepiend romanse, doduše nesporno tople, izmedju siromašnog i blago rečeno jednostavnog mladića (ali zato snažnog i dobrog, ma na leba da ga mažeš) i naaaaajlepše devojke u selu (sa, naravno, mrgudom ocem koji ipak samo želi ono najbolje za nju), jer može li drugačije, daleko mi je interesantniji bio duh i atmosfera ruralnog Japana, kao i neki sitni detalji nevezani za glavnu nazov ...more
Mar 10, 2016 Zeren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Aşık olarak tamamladığım bir kitabı daha bitirdim. Mişima'nın neredeyse fazla tek kelime dahi olmayan dupduru anlatımıyla, Şarkılar adası, balıkçılar, dalgıç kadınlar, deniz fenerleri, adadaki doğal yaşam, doğanın yumuşak sert tüm halleri, içinde yaşayıp bildiğiniz bir yerdesiniz hissi veriyor. Üstelik en güzeli iyilik ve umut dolu bir kitap bu. Kendinize benim gibi "ada hikayeleri konulu kitaplar" diye bir liste yapıyorsanız mesela, Dalgaların Sesi'ni gönül rahatlığıyla üst sıralara yazın derim ...more
Khashayar Mohammadi
Shinji was too sweet a character for a Mishima novel. He lacked the destructive personality and anti-authority sentiments of a Mishima protagonist.

I knew I wasn't going to enjoy this one when Shinji talked of how he dreamed of owning a freight ship to relieve her mother of her duties.
Mar 07, 2016 Kurtlu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: roman, uzak-dogudan
okurken hep bir sürpriz bekledim, hatta nedense kötü son beklentisi içine girdim. bir şey olmalıydı muhakkak, mükemmel aşka leke sürecek bir şey. yeşilçam filmlerine mumasil, yumuşacık aktı kitap ve son cümlede beklediğim damgayı vurdu. öykü ne kadar saf ve dokunaklı olursa olsun bir bit yeniği arıyor sanırım modern insan dediğimiz çöp kovası.
kadın ve erkek tabiatı üzerine ince tesbitler gözden kaçmıyor. bunun dışında ada yaşamı, denizcilik denen mesleğin zorlukları ve geleneksel japon naifliği
Apr 25, 2016 Trish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful, simple and classic story of the trials of love. Also, these Vintage editions are just gorgeous.
Eℓℓis ♥
Primo approccio con Yukio Mishima, sinceramente mi aspettavo molto di più.
Ho volutamente optato per qualcosa di breve, così da farmi un'idea del suo stile. Devo ammettere che la prosa è scorrevole ma soprattutto molto evocativa e suggestiva, è in grado davvero di trasmettere la sensazione di trovarsi a passeggiare nell'isola di Uta-jima; in mezzo a quella gente così ingenua e dalla mentalità arretrata dove sono le tradizioni e l'integrità morale a predominare ed il progresso non ha ancora scomb
Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly

This is the incongruity between happiness and sadness. Ecstacy, which is happiness in in its most extreme, does not bring one to anywhere beyond life. He will still be alive, as before, maybe more uplifted, in a walking-in-the-clouds kind of joy but that'd be it. In contrast, sadness in its most extreme often brings suicide as an option Not only can death be desired, it can actually be realized. Not even the possibility of future happiness can rescue the man.

We know, of course, that Yukio Mishim
Jul 30, 2016 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: japon
Dans Le Tumulte des flots, l'histoire d'amour entre deux adolescents n'est qu'un prétexte qui permet à Mishima de nous régaler de descriptions splendides. Celle de la mer d'abord, qui entoure la petite île où se déroule l'histoire et la coupe du reste du Japon, retardant l'arrivée de la modernité qui a transformé le pays dans l'après-guerre. Celle-ci s'oppose aux valeurs traditionnelles sur l'île, le respect de la religion, de la famille, des bonnes manières ainsi que le mode de vie ancestral, b ...more
Salah Eddine Ghamri
What a novel ?! oh my God , how gentle and high moral was the characters !! it was really amazing story of a first love between two innocent good spirits , i loved Japan through this book , and Yukio Mishima's description of scenes makes you really hear the sound of waves love love love .
Aug 05, 2015 Shii rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4 1/2
Mar 07, 2013 umberto rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, japan
Reading "The Sound of Waves" by Yukio Mishima was a bit different from his style due to his narrations on an island called Utah-Jima, its inhabitants and the waves as we are likely to perceive them as eternal phenomena, that is, something taken for granted with less changes. All living or natural there might bore us at first sight of this interesting novel but Mishima could make it for his readers by means of his exceptional literary expertise. I don't know Japanese so I presumed 'Song Island' a ...more
April Hayes
Jun 07, 2007 April Hayes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As unabashedly delicious and pervy as one of those really good/bad Aussie teen soaps from the early ‘90s, but written by a literary and philosophical genius.

I love how Mishima just dashed off all these pulp novellas throughout his career, in between his masterworks, but didn’t accord them any less respect, attention, or craft. It’s like if Tolstoy, between "Anna Karenina" and "The Death of Ivan Ilyich," decided to write steamy young adult fiction or gay soldier stories, and you could buy them at
Israel Montoya Baquero
Mientras leía, no podía dejar de pensar que estaba ante un Mishima "inusual" y, en parte, así era. La historia de amor, pilar central de la trama, es más dulce y menos trágica que lo visto en otras obras del escritor nipón, y el final feliz podría hacer pensar que Mishima hubiese abandonado su estilo en esta novela.
Pero no. Si miramos con detenimiento, vemos que Mishima, y sus "temas", siguen estando presentes: la añoranza por la pureza de lo "tradicional", la naturaleza, el desasosiego de la so
Ms. Jones
Apr 14, 2009 Ms. Jones rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I first began the school year teaching Global Lit, this was one of the texts I most looked forward to teaching. For one thing, I really enjoy reading novels and for another, this is a beautifully-written one. It reminds me of teaching the juniors last year and reading Ragtime in preparation to teach it.

There are undoubtedly heartbreaking moments in this story. There are also incredible subtleties that make re-reading it really enjoyable. Mishima uses nature metaphors vivid and often, and w
Jul 23, 2014 Scott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Mishima book, and I really enjoyed it.

Like much of Japanese art, this book is a study in understatement. This works very well for the story, given how essentially simple it is.

The simplicity should not, however, be confused with a lack of depth or artistry. The tale of the two young lovers in this story - Shinji and Hatsue - exhibits very real and very honest emotion. The amazing thing is how these elements are blended with other, larger ones.

The basic tale is the stuff of myt
Aug 27, 2013 Justin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I came into The Sound of Waves directly after reading Mishima's The Sailor who Fell from Grace with the Sea, and the contrast was jarring. In The Sound of Waves, Mishima’s fetish for manliness is leeched of the corrupting influences that pervert the protagonist, Noboru, in The Sailor who Fell from Grace with the Sea. Mishima paints the setting of Uta-Jima as an idyllic microcosm of the traditional Japan that he seems to yearn for. In general, the plot mirrors the idealism of the setting by parin ...more
Gertrude & Victoria
Mishima Yukio's novella, The Sound of Waves, is thought to have been inspired by the Daphnis and Chloe myth of Greek origin. The influence may be most evident in the choice of theme and style. In this beautiful work, also his most accessible, the theme of first love is explored with grace and delicacy - a sensation of being swept up by cool waves under warm and brilliant skies permeates the spirit.

This novella is different from most of Mishima's other works. It is not about latent destructive te
Lou KR
Mar 27, 2016 Lou KR rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Mishima logra que entendamos las costumbres y los valores tradicionales japoneses de los años 50, como lo es la concepción ideal y pura del amor. Lo que más cautiva al lector son las descripciones bellas y cargadas de delicadeza. A pesar de esto, la historia se desarrolla con lentitud e incluso a veces se vuelve aburrida, con un final bastante predecible.
I think the time has come to admit that I'm not reading this. I tried for a week. Not the book's fault. I was kind of in a book slump. Will try again when I am firmly out of the slump.
May 20, 2017 Pablo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favoritos
Un de las novelas más bellamente relatadas que he leído. Especialmente en la forma de describir la geografía y las costumbres. El capitulo de las mujeres buceadoras creo que fue mi favorito.
La trama es bastante clásica y predecible, sin embargo eso no impide que sea un placer leer este libro.
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Yukio Mishima (三島 由紀夫) is the pen name of Kimitake Hiraoka (平岡 公威) who was a Japanese author, poet and playwright, famous for both his highly notable post-war writings and the circumstances of his ritual suicide by seppuku.

Mishima wrote 40 novels, 18 plays, 20 books of short stories, and at least 20 books of essays, one libretto, as well as one film. A large portion of this oeuvre comprises books
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“In the pale light of daybreak the gravestones looked like so many white sails that would never again be filled with wind, sails that, too long unused and heavily drooping, had been turned into stone just as they were. The boats' anchors had been thrust so deeply into the dark earth that they could never again be raised.” 8 likes
“He heard the sound of waves striking the shore, and it was as though the surging of his young blood was keeping time with the movement of the sea's great tides. It was doubtless because nature itself satisfied his need that Shinji felt no particular lack of music in his everyday life.” 6 likes
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