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The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea by Yukio Mishima
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Feb 13, 2011

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I read this book many years ago, as part of an extra credit project in high school, so this is based on what I remember.
This story of a group of boys who decide to deal with a sailor who has embarrassed one (or more?) of them by just being a nice guy is one of the most disturbing stories I have read, but it is one that has stayed with me. I think it speaks even more to the times now than when it was written.
Even thought I hate this story, it was a compelling read and, as I said, it has stayed with me all these years, so the three stars is a balance of those things.
I will say that the first time I had heard of Mr. Mishima was when I saw the full-page spread in Life(?) magazine of the aftermath of his ritual suicide. There is no doubt that he was brilliant, but this book reveals some of the darkness lurking under that brilliance.
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