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Runaway Horses (The Sea of Fertility #2)

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Yukio Mishima’s Runaway Horses is the second novel in his masterful tetralogy, The Sea of Fertility. Again we encounter Shigekuni Honda, who narrates this epic tale of what he believes are the successive reincarnations of his childhood friend Kiyoaki Matsugae.
 
In 1932, Shigeuki Honda has become a judge in Osaka.  Convinced that a young rightist revolutionary, Isao, is the
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Paperback, 421 pages
Published April 14th 1990 by Vintage (first published 1969)
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[P]
Feb 24, 2015 [P] rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the decadent West people often get together and have all kinds of pointless, speculative conversations. The current political climate being what it is, one subject that frequently comes up, at least amongst my friends, is whether you would be prepared to die for a cause, or an ideal. During these debates my position is unequivocal; my answer is a firm no. No. Never. Not under any circumstances. My vehemence can, in part, be explained by my cowardice. I am, I freely admit, a rum coward. I’m no ...more
Hakan
Dec 14, 2016 Hakan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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kaçak atlar, dörtlemenin ilk romanından 19 yıl sonra, 1932 yılında başlıyor. japonya’da on beş mayıs olayları ve başbakanın suikastla öldürülmesiyle başlayan çalkantı, diğer yanda derinleşen ekonomik kriz, büyüyen yoksulluk, yükselen sol var. bölünmüş, tamamen kutuplaşmış bir toplumsal yapı söz konusu. ekonomide söz sahibi olan azınlık ordunun etkinliğinin azaltılması ve batı yanlısı tedbirleri savunurken, geniş kitlelerde yaşananlarının sebebinin geleneksel değerlerden uzaklaşması, imparatora b ...more
Zeren
Oct 19, 2016 Zeren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mişima'nın yazarlığına her kitapta daha çok hayran oluyorum. Fakat Kaçak Atlar, serinin ilk kitabı Bahar Karları'ndan oldukça farklıydı. Bahar Karları, tam bir Japon aşk şiiri kıvamında iken Kaçak Atlar baştan sona politik bir roman. Buna rağmen iki romanın birbirini tamamlayış şekli muazzam. Özellikle reankarnasyon, bir hayatta var edemediğinin diğer hayatta bütünlenmesi halinin anlatılış şeklinden çok etkilendim. Romanlardaki tarihsel devamlılık da Japon kültürünün geçirdiği değişimi ince ince ...more
Chris Blocker
Mar 16, 2014 Chris Blocker rated it really liked it
Runaway Horses, the second book in Mishima's The Sea of Fertility series, is a completely different book than the first. While Spring Snow is a poetic, tender love story, Runaway Horses is a political manifesto. Given what I know of reincarnation, the idea that one tries to correct the mistakes of their past life, this is a proper step in the path of the character known as Kiyoaki in the first novel. Kiyoaki was confused and unsure; he had very polar opinions of each person in his life—everyone ...more
Deniz Balcı
Şimdiye kadar, benim için Lawrence Durrell'ın "İskenderiye Dörtlüsü" edebiyat tarihinin en iyi dörtlü roman serisiydi. Gerek konunun işlenişi, temanın dört roman üzerindeki bütünlüğü, gerekse karakterleri açısından başka bir yazarın böyle makro bir şeyi, o denli iyi becerebileceğini düşünmüyordum. Fakat yanılmışım. Yukio Mishima'nın "Bereket Denizi Dörtlüsü" bence sadece dörtlemeler arasında değil, edebiyat tarihindeki bütün seriler arasında, en tepelerde yerini alabilecek kalitede. Henüz son ik ...more
Matthew
Mar 04, 2012 Matthew rated it it was amazing
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If Spring Snow, the first book in this series, was the embodiment of Love and Passion in literature, Runaway Horses seems to be the embodiment of something else entirely, but maybe, markedly, it's actually the same thing. If it is, the preoccupation has shifted from a more direct romantic love, filled with all of its tragic consequences, to a more abstract love - a passion for idealism, and the youthful rebellion inherent in such a radical idealism as our protagonist, Isao Iinuma, displays.

I don
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Eugene Miya
Jun 20, 2012 Eugene Miya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yukio Mishima is a sensitive topic for those Japanese and Japanese descendents. I was only an older adolescent when he took over the Japanese Self-Defense Force facilities. Paul Schrader's film brought back some of those memories for me as an adult. So I'd embark on the Sea tetralogy. For me Runaway Horses is the best of the four volumes, but I suspect that's a cultural thing. This is lost to most English speakers. What is it with us?

When a cousin whom I'd not seen in decades came "out of the cl
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Erin
Sep 25, 2007 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Second book of Mishima's Sea of Fertility tetralogy. Centered on the themes of westernization and loss of traditional society in 1930s Japan, and the resulting dissent amongst right wing, traditionalist factions. Also, disturbingly focussed on the manliness and honor of seppaku, the ritual act of suicide. Very much a foreshadowing of Mishima's own suicide in 1970, almost a script of the future event.

Although the main character, Isao, is a reincarnation of the the protagonist in Spring Snow, Kiy
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وائل المنعم
رباعية ميشيما كيان واحد لابد من قراءته بالكامل لكي يكون الحكم دقيق ومنصف، فالجياد الهاربة ليست رواية منفصلة بل جزء من عمل أكبر. ولذلك فمراجعني التالية تتعامل مع الرواية التي بين أيدينا كجزء من كل وليس كعمل منفصل.

لماذا ثلج الربيع تحفة فنية في حين أن الجياد الهاربة عمل جيد وفقط؟

أرى أن ذلك يرجع لثلاثة أمور، الأول: كيواكي بطل ثلج الربيع شخصية مركبة وجذابة لا تتكرر كثيراً في عالم الأدب في حين أن إيساو شخصية سطحية - رغم رومانتيكيتها - نجدها ليس فقط في أعمال أدبية متواضعة ولكن في حياتنا اليومية وبخاصة
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Khashayar Mohammadi
I had a really hard time reading "Spring Snow" till the end, and almost gave up on continuing with the "Sea of Fertility" tetralogy. But I sure am glad I read this.

The battle between modernity and tradition has always been a central theme to Mishima's work, but the sea of fertility morphs the abstract turmoil into a battle between traditional and colonial Japan, while Mishima's hatred of authority morphs into Anti-Establishment sentiments that are somewhat in line with socialism.

The ending is o
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Sagar
The Sea of Fertility by Yukio Mishima

“The most complete vision we have of Japan in the twentieth century.”
-Paul Theroux

On the morning of November 25th 1970, the three-time Nobel nominee and 45 year old Yukio Mishima (the pen name of Hiraoka Kimitake) finished The Decay of the Angel, the final book in his seminal Sea of Fertility tetralogy. It was published into the world much akin to John Kennedy Tool's A Confederacy of Dunces: as renowned for its literary merit, as it was for the strange cir
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Michael Battaglia
Fanaticism can become its own kind of tragedy, transforming those we know into strangers before conspiring to take them away entirely. When the reality of it becomes personal its easy to feel the ache. It's a lot harder to cause that ache in perfect strangers, giving them a front row seat to someone's inevitable immolation. Now imagine trying to do that with the gap of a temporal and cultural context. That's what Mishima manages to accomplish here and on some levels its amazing.

Set in the years
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Banu Pluie
Tenno Heiki Banzai

Kaçak Atlar'da da, tepedeki manastıra Kiyoaki'nin aşkla, Honda'nın ağır ağır tırmanışını hatırlatan bir yol var. Kiyoaki'nin onca yoldan sonra bulabildiği tek şey 'Hayır' cevabı iken burada da bir Atlantis bulmayı hakeden emekten sonra toz toprak içinde sıradan bir şehir var elde.

Bahar Karları'nda Kiyoaki'nin ölümünün ve aslında onun yirmi yıl sonra İsao olan ruhunun seppukusun samurayların shintosuyla örtüştüğünü düşünmek için bir sürü sebep var.

Kutsal sayılan bir tepedeki ayi
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Chris Watson
Jan 09, 2010 Chris Watson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating story: describing a world full of delusions and cruelty, characters isolated from one another, trapped by their own thoughts and fantasies. Seduced by violence and fantasies of purity, Isao enters a cult-like conspiracy with a group of young men disgusted with the impurity of Japan and the world.

Not a lengthy book, but it manages to explore many themes with great insight - the nature of the Japanese mind; Japanese society; how these manifested themselves in the rise of militarism;
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Graham Wilhauk
Mar 08, 2017 Graham Wilhauk rated it liked it
With how much I loved "Spring Snow," I thought I would love this one, too. While it is still good, it is definitely the weakest novel I have read so far from Mishima. This both proves that even at his worst, Mishima is still really good. However, this book took AGES to start. Nearly 150 pages. All those pages were boring exposition and really lacked in character and brilliant writing. I expect more from Mishima. However, the rest of the book is DEFINITELY the normal Mishima (amazing). Even thoug ...more
Krishna Avendaño
Feb 09, 2016 Krishna Avendaño rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Desde hace tiempo he estado más interesado en la figura de Yukio Mishima que en el novelista, que siempre me pareció muy irregular, y a pesar de que Caballos desbocados es un libro que constantemente se tropieza con su prosa repleta de florituras innecesarias —lirismo lo llaman muchos—, es también la novela que mejor nos revela el carácter político del autor. De ahí que me resulte mucho más atractiva de lo que usualmente lo haría cualquiera de sus demás obras. Todo en Mishima es símbolo: los per ...more
Joel Palma
"Runaway Horses" gave a totally different flavor and pizzazz than that of the "Spring Snow". The latter was elegant, melancholic and touching, while the former was gripping and arresting (pun intended).

Also, I noted, two different views laid out from both two books: "Spring Snow" from the view of the rich and courtly; whereas the "Runaway Horses", from the view of the opressed and commoners. That period in the modern history of Japan in political turmoil and the ebb of WW2 gave a glimpse of the
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Christian
Jun 02, 2016 Christian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating...
This volume picks up where Spring Snow left, with Honda leading the transition to Isao, the new leading character. Whereas Kiyoaki was devoted to his emotional life, Isao is obsessed by purity. He is leading a gang of young nationalists to a coup, which is to be followed by suicide. The idea being that by dying themselves, they remain pure (in other words, they don't "benefit" from the crime).

The actual basis for such nationalist zest isn't described in great detail, but enough to
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Shahad Hakeem
Mar 10, 2016 Shahad Hakeem rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


أن تجتمع علوم كبرى و ثرية من هذا النوع في كتاب واحد فهذا يدل على براعة الكاتب،فما بالك بجعلها قصة شيقة تشد القارئ و تجعله متلهفاً صفحة إثر الأخرى؟
ميشيما أبدع في هذا الجزء.
روح الشباب حاضرة كما هو معتاد من الجزء الأول،لكنها هنا متقدة،و ملبّسة بالحماسة الشديدة ،الولع بالإصلاح،محمّلة بالسيوف ،و مضرجةٌ بالدماء.
كيف استطاع جذبي بهذه القوة لمواضيع ليست من اهتمامي؟ساحرٌ ميشيما هذا!
أما بالنسبة للشخصيات،فهوندا يثبت لي في كل فصل أنه شخصية لا مثيل لها،وكنتُ قد كتبت هذا عنه وأنا في منتصف قراءتي:
"كم هي فرحة كب
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Miguel
Sep 21, 2013 Miguel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Maravillosos ojos. Claros y brillantes, hechos para desconcertar siempre a los demás; ojos sin tacha, jóvenes y radiantes, llenos de un celo propios de otro mundo. Decid lo que queráis, confesad todo, mostrad la profunda herida del alma. Estáis en la edad en que ha de aprenderse la manera de enfrentar al mundo. Expresando lo que en realidad sentís, por lo menos aprenderéis que a nadie le interesa la verdad. Ésta es una de las lecciones más valiosas que un hombre debe aprender en la vida. Ésta e ...more
Macoco G.M.
Nov 28, 2014 Macoco G.M. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Para mí el mejor de los cuatro libros. Es donde descubres el nexo que unirá a todos ellos . Ademas tiene la particularidad de que al leerlo sientes la presencia del primero de ellos (Spring Snow) continuamente y vuelves a disfrutarlo de otra forma.
Digamos que agranda hasta la genialidad la primera obra mientras lees esta segunda.
Dejan
This book is quite different from Spring Snow, since it has a more political feel to it and thus wasn't able to grab my attention as much as Spring Snow did. Still, it is an intriguing development of the series, with Kiyoaki's reincarnation as Isao and the contrast in their psychology. We witness purity being corrupted by knowledge and the consequential sprouting of fanaticism in a time of immense social change. An insightful and intriguing read by all means!
Maria
Jul 03, 2015 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Una de las cosas que más he disfrutado de este libro es el esfuerzo de Mishima por reconstruir un mundo real. La novela está escrita con una marcada tendencia al realismo, a la vida que vivimos, a la política y las normas sociales... pero esto, definitivamente, esto no está peleado con la reencarnación y la pureza. En serio, tal vez me falta capacidad para expresar esto, pero con Mishima el lector cree, y la literatura se vuelve real, entonces, la reencarnación y la pureza son reales.
Dioni (Bookie Mee)
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Mee's rating: 4.5/5

Runaway Horses is the second book in Yukio Mishima's Sea of Fertility tetralogy. You do have to read the books in order, so there will be spoilers for the first book below (My review of Spring Snow).

The book starts with Honda - Kiyoaki's friend in the first book, who is now a middle age judge. He meets a young man named Isao, who he finds out later to be Iinuma's son. Iinuma was Kiyoaki's tutor, who after his dismissa
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Enrique
Aug 08, 2010 Enrique rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
En la segunda parte de su Tetralogía, Mishima utiliza como narrador a Honda, quién a sus 38 años es un juez respetado en Okinawa, este personaje es el que le da equilibrio y fluidez a la historia. En esta segunda parte, el protagonista es Isao Linuma, hijo del antiguo tutor de Kiyoaki, el protagonista de la primera historia. Isao es un joven que a los 20 años es un experto en el arte del kendo y un joven con un futuro brillante, viniendo de un origen humilde, Linuma, el padre de Isao a logra hac ...more
David
Apr 21, 2009 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Feeling positive about the re-read. I think I'm going to love it as much as I loved the scenes from "Mishima A Life in Four Chapters":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIacGG...

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Kochi-ken in Chapter 3!:
"The man was a poverty-stricken farmer from Kochi Prefecture in Shikoku. He had sold his daughter to an Osaka brothel, and then, having received less than half of what he had been promised, he had gone to see the madam. Enraged by her insults, he had begun to beat her and had become so carried a
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Mohamed Karaly
Mar 27, 2015 Mohamed Karaly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
نسيج مزدحم شديد الزخم والثراء ومتعقد الصراعات. مثلا: الصراع بين النقاء المتطرف للشاب (إيساو) العشرينى وبين روح(هوندا) الأربعينى المحلق فوق التاريخ العقائدى والسياسى لليابان .. وهو صراع يشبه إلى حد ما الصراع بين الروح العرمة للديانات اليابانية المترعة بالحب والولاء المتطرف للإمبراطور.. وبين روح البوذيةالباهتةالمحلقة فوق التاريخ.. تجسد هذا الصراع بشكل واضح فى جلسات محاكمة إيساو حيث ترافع عنه هوندا.. وحاول هاوندا بشكل ما أن يربكه ويلوث نقاءه .. وذلك لأنه بحدس مجنون اعتقد أن روح صديق قديم له مات وهم ...more
Francesco
Feb 17, 2017 Francesco rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
«La vita umana è breve, ma io vorrei vivere per sempre».
Jeremy
May 13, 2014 Jeremy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is obviously a much more politically charged work than Spring Snow, and it's easy to read Isao, with his militant devotion and love of the most suicidal aspects of the Japanese Samurai tradition, as just a semi-autobiographical, younger version of Mishima. But this novel really functions as a searing portrait of the Japan of the 1930's. Of a country trying to simultaneously modernize itself amidst famine, starvation, corrupt officials and an ever growing militarism while still clinging, wit ...more
Scott Cox
Jan 17, 2016 Scott Cox rated it it was amazing
"Runaway Horses" is the second novel in Yukio Mishima's famous "Sea of Fertility" tetralogy. The setting for the book is pre-World War II Japan, a time of intense introspection and debate regarding rising modernity and its impact on a previously isolated country. The story begins to reveal the vocational, but more importantly the philosophical and religious evolution of Shigekuni Honda, protagonist from the first novel in the series, "Spring Snow." Much of the discussion centers around a religio ...more
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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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“Perfect purity is possible if you turn your life into a line of poetry written with a splash of blood.” 160 likes
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