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After The Banquet by Yukio Mishima
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After the Banquet is in one sense, a damning statement of the political - the political apparatus, and the political nature innate in human beings. It is also a broader social indictment of the period in which Mishima lived. This story is partially based on factual events which occurred in his time. Noguchi, a former government official, keen on spending the remainder of his days quietly, meets an independent and ambitious woman. They marry and she persuades him to run for a high level post in the government against his better judgement. This is an intriguing story of one woman's implacable self-serving motivations that nearly leads another to ruin. The details, that are carefully and thoughtfully rendered, makes this a bona fide goodread.
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