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The Sound of Waves by Yukio Mishima
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Nov 03, 2011

really liked it
Read from November 03 to 07, 2011

A quick read and enjoyable. This is a simple love story about a Japanese fisher boy and an island girl. As you would expect in a Japanese story (particularly one written by a samurai), strength of character is going to be the chief characteristic and fate-decider, although the gods play an ancillary role.

A sweet, simple, pure story intermingled with Japanese culture and nature. Mishima has some great lines describing the landscape. There's not much here that he keeps hidden (undecipherable metaphors, for example) but there's more to the story than just the words he puts on the page.

I admire Shinji's strong character and purity of heart, as well as Hatsue's. Good triumphs in the end, as foretold by the wise Jukichi, Shinji's fisher master. Nothing in this book I haven't read before, but refreshing just the same. Again, Mishima's poetic descriptions of his main characters, their inner thoughts, and the Japanese island's nature are worth it in themselves.

Refreshing.
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