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3.75  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,029 Ratings  ·  525 Reviews
Set in a remote fishing village in Japan, The Sound of Waves is a timeless story of first love. It tells of Shinji, a young fisherman and Hatsue, the beautiful daughter of the wealthiest man in the village. Shinji is entranced at the sight of Hatsue in the twilight on the beach and they fall in love. When the villagers' gossip threatens to divide them, Shinji must risk his ...more
Paperback, 207 pages
Published January 2005 by Mahatari (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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Sep 11, 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.
Oct 30, 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
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
Oct 31, 2014 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
Mar 18, 2016 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
Jul 08, 2015 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)

Mar 09, 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
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
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 .
Dec 12, 2015 Shii rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4 1/2
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
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
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
Ms. Jones
Jun 09, 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
Apr 29, 2016 Priti 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.
Jul 15, 2015 Mario rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Estamos acostumbrados al amor repentino, brusco, inflamable, ese tipo de amor estilo Shakespeare en que la muerte debe ser el final necesario para cumplir el requisito como apoteosis. Estamos acostumbrados a hacer el amor de forma fugaz y frugal, sin de verdad saborear cada uno de los instantes que estamos con la otra persona. Estamos acostumbrados a que debe existir desgracia para compensarla después con felicidad.

Entonces llegan autores como Kimitake Hiraoka (alias Yukio Mishima) y nos entreg
Apr 18, 2016 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
THE SOUND OF WAVES. (U.S. ed. 1956). Yukio Mishima. ****.
This was Mishima’s first novel, and was as near perfect as you can get. It is a simple love story set on the island of Uta Jima (Song Island) in Japan, between a young boy, Shinji, a fisherman, and a young girl, Hatsue. The love the two have for each other must stand up to the conflict between modernism and tradition in Japan, and the leanings of the other people on the island who all know each other. In the case of this story, the setting
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.
Kavita Ramesh
So far, my least favorite of his novels.
Abraham Salas
Feb 10, 2016 Abraham Salas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It always looked like it was going to happen a tragedy, or that they would have real hard obstacles to be together. But being sincere, they both were too young; what is more difficult at that age than the father of your girl decides to lock her up and you are unable to be with her? And also you are so inexperienced about a lot of stuff to know how to react.
I liked the writing, very fluid but not simple; after a while I felt I knew the island.
I loved the beginning but not that much the ending.
Jul 28, 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
Jun 09, 2011 Kristin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Sound of the Waves is one of the best books i have read. it may be short but it shows how confidence is rewarding and that anything is possible in life despite the odds. This novel is about a love triangle, or some may say a love square, but no matter how many obstacles were put into the protagonist's way, his love was successful at the end. The protagonist, named Shinji, was a fishermen, but then he came across a wealthy girl named Hatsue and falls in love. The odds were against him; everyo ...more
Set on a small Island in Japan The Sound of Waves by Yukio Mishima is a story about the ocean, fishing, the gossip of everyday life, and love. The paths of a young and not so wealthy fisherman, Shinji, and the daughter of the wealthiest man on the island, Hatsue, cross and afterwards neither of their lives are the same. They fall in love but because of high expectations and Hatsue’s father has for her, they must keep their interactions a secret. The Sound of Waves was originally written in Japan ...more
A prelude to a tragedy that never comes, The Sound of Waves presents a story as standard as myth--the rich girl arrives from another island, the peasant fishing boy falls in love, the girl's rich father opposes their match, the boy proves his fitness as a husband though an act of strength and bravery--and does so without a falter or hiccup, or even a wrinkle or complication. There are, as you might guess, pluses and minuses to this approach; the book ends up the kind of easy read we might labe ...more
Sembra incredibile che nella vasta produzione di Mishima, quasi esclusivamente improntata su temi torbidi e vischiosi e quasi ovunque di altissimo livello estetico, sia possibile rintracciare un testo simile. Il controverso autore giapponese, questa volta, abbandonato ogni accenno alla sessualità tormentata, si impegna in un brevissimo romanzo di formazione incentrato su un amore puro, sublimato, appena sbocciato tra due ragazzi sulle soglie dell'età adulta. Un amore cullato dalla voce delle ond ...more
Ana PF
Mar 25, 2016 Ana PF rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To be honest I should re-read this one, as I grabbed it many years ago when I first read about Mishima's crazy suicide and thought, 'Wow, this man deserves a look at his works.' I remember I enjoyed it because it was fairly different from many of its other books. Much less dark and twisted, yet beautifully written. Also being the massive otaku I used to be, the fact that the main character's name was Shinji did not hurt either (cough Evangelion cough.)
Lou KR
Apr 01, 2016 Lou KR rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Un poco decepcionante, la verdad, no me ha fascinado tanto como lo han hecho los otros libros y aunque como siempre está escrito magistralmente y nos sitúa en un ambiente interesante, le falta algo.
Russell Bittner
Apr 08, 2015 Russell Bittner rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wish I could add my own bit of praise to the undiluted encomium of most of the reviewers here and at Amazon for The Sound of Waves, but I can’t. And although Meredith (“Tex”) Weatherby may not have the credentials of Yasunari Kawabata’s translator (Howard Scott Hibbett), I have to believe that Mr. Weatherby knew what he was doing. And so, I’ll humbly accept that I simply don’t have the requisite disposition for Eastern literature, inasmuch as my reaction to Kawabata’s work was equally tepid.

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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.

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“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
“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.” 4 likes
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