This was one of the best books I have read so far this year! Yukio Mishima is indeed one of the greatest Japanese writers of the 20th century and I'mThis was one of the best books I have read so far this year! Yukio Mishima is indeed one of the greatest Japanese writers of the 20th century and I'm proud to have read his book. I loved the way he managed to write down all those emotions, thoughts, the way he analyzed every single thing about the character (and himself, cause this novel is a semi-autobiographic novel), the way he transformed every small thing into something big, something special. And the most important thing about the book is that the author described so good the struggles of the character to fit into society, always hiding behind a mask. By reading his work I think I can say that I have understood a little bit of Yukio Mishima's mind (his great, amazing mind), and somehow, I've understood the reason why he has committed seppuku. He always had a fascination with death, and, as it's written in the book, the character wanted to have a glorious death. I may be wrong here, because I have read just one book, and this one is a semi-autobiographic novel, but this is my opinion. I respect Yukio Mishima and I think that the world has lost a genius, a big, a great mind, a hero of literature, that is born once every 100 years.