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The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea

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The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea tells the tale of a band of savage thirteen-year-old boys who reject the adult world as illusory, hypocritical and sentimental, and train themselves in a brutal callousness they call "objectivity." When the mother of one of them begins an affair with a ship's officer, he and his friends idealize the man at first; but it is not lo ...more
Paperback, 181 pages
Published May 31st 1994 by Vintage (first published 1963)
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Megha
May 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews
I had a slightly different review in mind until I read a little bit about Mishima's life. In light of what Mishima did to himself, I am not really sure what to make of The Sailor Who.... While it is dark, reading it I knew it was only a story. But knowing that this darkness could have emanated from Mishima's personal thoughts makes it extremely unnerving.

Fuskao, Noboru's mother, represents westernization; which Mishima despised. Noboru, a 13 year old, is more in the favor of traditional Japan. R
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Sarah
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a disturbing yet compelling read.
Parthiban Sekar
Jan 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
THE SAILOR – THE GLORY

Glory, as anyone knows, is bitter stuff. What glory is there for any sailor whose life is besieged by the vast and open sea? Vast but not open, as there are occasional traces of clouds shrouding the openness he longed for. Open but not vast, as the storm often come encroaching on his territory and posing a threat on his-otherwise-serene life. His Life and sea have become inseparable. Thinking of life beyond her seems abysmal to him. Impelled by his desire for glory, he co
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ArturoBelano
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favoriler
Bugüne kadar yazdığım yorumları okuyanlar genel olarak kişisel duyguları eleştiriye katmadığımı fark etmiştir. Okuduğum o kadar kitaptan sonra öldüm, bittim, beni mahvetti tarzı metni anlama, anlatmaktan çok salt bıraktığı kişisel etkiyi öne çıkarmak bana yeterli ve tek başına anlamlı gelmiyor. Ama bu genel kuralın esnediği nadir anlar var ve artık o nadide eserlerin en başlarında Denizi Yitiren Denizci’de yer alıyor.

Bu kitap, Altın Köşk Tapınağı’ndan sonra okuduğum ikinci Mişima kitabıydı ve ki
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Mevsim Yenice
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
İlk Mishima okuma serüvenim "Denizi Yitiren Denizci" ile oldu. Kafamı toparlayabilirsem birkaç şey yazmak istiyorum hakkında. Öncelikle yol boyunca sürekli kitabın başından kalkıp durdum ben. Genelde okuduğum ve izlediğim bir şey beni çok etkilediğinde yapıyorum bunu. Söze bununla başlamışken, kitabın başında kalktığımda da hakkında düşünmeye devam etmekten kendimi alıkoyamadığımı söyleyerek devam etmek, en doğrusu olacak sanırım.

Öyle çok yerine hayran bıraktı ki, hangisinden başlayayım bilmiyor
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B0nnie
Jan 08, 2012 rated it really liked it

The title The Sailor Who Fell from Grace With the Sea is a poetic rendering of the Japanese, 午後の曳航, literally "Afternoon's Towing". The English translation is done much in the spirit of Remembrance of Things Past ( A la recherche du temps perdu = "In Search of Lost Time"). It's evident (in the titles at least) that something is gained in translation as well as lost.

We know then, at any rate, that we are going to have a very imperfect understanding of this book. And even if we know Japanese h
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Carol
It must be me, not him. Had the author been anyone other than Mishima, I would have abandoned this novel immediately after (view spoiler). But instead I continued and finished it and wish I could recover my time. Heresy, I understand.

See my GR friend, Algernon's, review at this link. He captures my thoughts precisely.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
Jaguar Kitap
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Algernon
Nov 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
[7/10]

It is a generally accepted fact that teenagers are weird, all over the world, and all over the ages. Somehow, Japanese teenagers manage to be ten time weirder than the norm, and 13 years old Noboru is a prime example:

He never cried, not even in his dreams, for hard-heartedness was a point of pride. A large iron anchor withstanding the corrosion of the sea and scornful of the barnacles and oysters that harass the hulls of ships, sinking polished and indifferent through heaps of broken glas
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Edward
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea is a very short novel, but it does not feel hurried. It is deeply sensitive, immersive and introspective. The writing is disturbing, filled with subtle metaphors of hidden significance. The novel is an exploration of masculinity, and a coming-to-terms with the varied and often contradictory expectations of manhood. It makes no assertions: the implications of the story and its powerful ending are left for the reader to ponder.

I am intrigued by Mishima's
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Fernando
Nunca había leído a Mishima, pero aquí en Goodreads siempre me tomo el tiempo para ver qué es lo que leen mis amigos lectores. Simplemente hago click en la opción “Compare Books” para saber qué afinidad literaria tenemos, sobre todo cuando me envían una solicitud de amistad (solicitud que siempre acepto, de todos modos) y me encontraba que muchos lectores habían leído algún libro de este interesante autor japonés (y su más que interesante vida). Entonces, aunque no soy de solicitar recomendacion ...more
Argos
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Öncelikle bana Yukio Mişima okumamı öneren kitap dostlarım Deniz Balcı ve Bern’e yürekten teşekkür ederim. Şimdiye kadar Mişima okumamış olmanın bir eksiklik olduğunu net olarak belirtmeliyim. Kitabın konusunu anlatmak gereksiz, ancak bu kadar etkileyici anlatıma, benzetmelere, olay ve mekan tanımlamalarına çok az yazarda rastladığımı itiraf edeyim.
Bu kadar şiirsel ve duru anlatımla insanın ruhuna girmek nasıl olur gerçekten şaşırtıcı. Gemideki yemek salonunun anlatımı, fırtınanın gemiyle berab
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Araz Goran
وجدت نفسي في غربة شديدة مع الرواية ومع السرد الممل الذي إفتقدت فيه لأي معنى من التشويق، السرد مقفر والمادة الروائية جاءت كحالة برود تام مع ذوقي في القراءة.. حاولت أن أدخل في جو الرواية، إقتنصت بعض الإقتباسات واللمحات المخلة برتابة الرواية ولكن كل ذلك كان هباء أمام حجم الرتابة السائدة في الرواية وجحيم الإنتظار لحدث ما أو تشويق قد يرسو بسطحه على مركب الرواية..


بصراحة شديدة الشخصية اليابانية لا تعجبني وحكاياها تبدو لي بعيدة عن النفسية السائدة لدينا وتجد أن العواطف فيها مكبوتة بطريقة صارمة وباردة للغ
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Brian
Dec 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Knowing the story of Yukuio Mishima's life, and its tragic end, leads the reader of this novel into some dark parts of the author's mind. The characters in this novel are thinly veiled allegorical figures of Mishima's world view: his distaste for Western influences on Japan, his need for rigorous fastidiousness in his personal life, his desire to see Japan return to its ultra-conservative glory of yesteryear. Mishima was so consumed with this vision that he staged a failed coup attempt in 1970 a
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Michael Finocchiaro
This is one of Mishima's shorter stories but it is so beautifully and heartbreakingly written that you almost wish it would be longer. My no-spoiler rule prevents me from giving you any details but if you loved The Old Man and the Sea and want to read a Japanese variation on the sea tragedy that is also a psychological study, you will love this one. The Mishima universe is a wonderful one to explore and this is a great place to start.
Sinem A.
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dehşetin bu kadar romantik bu kadar duygusalını belki de ilk defa okudum. o kadar naif bir anlatim o kadar berrak ve sade ama bir o kadar da başdöndürücü. Muazzam bir eser.
Evan
HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION!

"If I were an amoeba, he thought, with an infinitesimal body, I could defeat ugliness. A man isn't tiny or giant enough to defeat anything."

Ryuji, the "emasculated" sailor in Mishima's great novel, thinks such thoughts on long sea voyages, standing watch on deck; his only friends being the stars. His vague notions of glory -- that something great awaits him at the next port -- allow him to avoid his sense of powerlessness and the reality of his aimlessness. His idea of rom
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Çağdaş T
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bereket Denizi serisine gönül rahatlığıyla başlayabilirim. Çünkü Mishima'yı çok sevdim.
Pınar
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read2017
9/10
Aubrey
The problem with expressing a lack of appreciation for "transgressive" material is the underlying assumption that such an expression is evidence of weakness. Weak stomach, weak nerves, a weak anything that explains why a tolerance for violence is not ready and willing. No one calls someone "weak" for proclaiming a dislike for the romance genre, so prominent in society is the disdain for the potential creation of bonds of empathy between strangers. I find the contrast interesting enough to keep i ...more
Murat G.
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kağıt-basım
Kitabı şimdi bitirdim ve bu edebiyat sarhoşluğu geçmeden içeriğe/konuya dair yorum yapmak niyetinde değilim.

Hayatımda okuduğum en güzel veda tasviri sanırım bu kitapdaydı. (syf. 79)

Hayatı hakkında hiçbir şey bilmeseniz dahi, sadece bu kitabı okuyarak, bambaşka bir türden bir adamla karşı karşıya geldiğinizi anlayacaksınızdır.

Ve bu adam duygu/durumları aktarırken dili öylesine güzel, öylesine özgün, öylesine hayranlık verici kullanıyor ki; başka birisince başka kelime dizilişleriyle dile getirils
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Emilio Berra
Nov 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: letto
Quanto è amaro il sapore della gloria

In questo romanzo Mishima ci presenta tre protagonisti: una ancor giovane vedova, il figlio tredicenne e un Ufficiale di Marina.
La storia segue due linee : l'amore fra i due adulti ; le vicende del ragazzo e del suo inquietante gruppo di amici. Nello svolgimento dei fatti, i due 'percorsi' hanno più momenti di contatto, uno dei quali determinante nella trama del racconto giapponese.

Mi soffermo in particolare sulla figura dell'adolescente con relativo gruppet
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Aslıhan Çelik Tufan
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Tanışma kitabı olarak yerinde bir tercih midir bilemem, benim için isabetli oldu o ayrı. Yazarın diğer kitaplarını okumak için sabırsızlanıyorum diyebilirim.

Gelelim kitaba..

Bir insanın kurduğu iç dünyasını ve hayallerini bilemezsiniz. Esasen hiç bilemeyeceğiniz birşeyleri yıkmakta usta da olabilirsiniz. Üstelik bunu kendi hayalleriniz ve tercihlerinizle yaparsınız. Peki ya bunlar sizin de sonunuz olursa?

Çok sıradışı, beklenmedik ve tadı damakta kalan bir eser.

Kitaba dair tek kelime söyle dens
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Franco  Santos
Considero que El marino que perdió la gracia del mar se queda a mitad de camino. Lo que puede llegar a parecer una especie de tragedia griega termina siendo más precisamente una mezcla de distintos hilos narrativos con tintes románticos. Me ha gustado mucho el tratamiento de Mishima en cuanto al Japón de la posguerra, derrotado y con anhelos de viejas glorias, y el contraste del deseo y el fracaso, muy bien expuesto a través de la relación entre la tierra y el mar. De todas formas, el romance no ...more
Özgür
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

İnsana ait tüm duyguları, çıkmazları ve karanlığı bu kadar şiirsel anlatımla keskin bir şekilde sonlandırmak, gerçekten sadece Mişimaya özgü bir kalem ustalığı gibi duruyor.
Nate D
Apr 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: boyhood hinterlands at the edge of the empty world
Recommended to Nate D by: a procession of doomed kittens
Like some baroque poisoned confection, a massive slice of dense chocolate cake, rich to the border of nausea, decked out with delicately overwrought sugar flowers and decorative drips and curlicues of livid icing laced with arsenic. That's the style here: enjoyably, beautifully overwritten in chokingly heavy prose, but riddled with dark portents and pockets of caustic nihilism. It'd be ridiculous if it weren't so serious, laughable if not so compelling. It's good. I'm having a hard time judging ...more
Eddie Watkins
Jul 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: japanese-fiction
Simple and wicked. Wicked? How about violently inevitable. Like a ritual the outcome is preordained and known, but for those who fall under its spell there is no loss of power. A brutal vision wedded to a dreaminess; a clear-sightedness goggled by fantasy blurs; an adolescent sexual awakening derailed into murder. This is one sexy bludgeon of a book, like a geisha sporting top-of-the-line brass knuckles.
Tosh
Oct 08, 2007 rated it it was amazing
A very wicked book of sorts, but also a great book on children and how they think. Which is kind of devilish on my part to say - but Mishima captures the kids' view of something very grown-up. The book is very textural in that it is about a lonely woman's erotic impulses as well as her child picking that aspect of her personality or sensuality. Essential book in the Mishima world.
Cansu
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ArturoBelano'nun yazdığı yorum üstüne yorum yazmaktan hicap duyarım. Kendisi bu kitabı okuma sebebimdir.
Pavle
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Po svim merilima jak roman. A ja sumnjao posle prvog susreta sa Mišimom. Ne znam tačno ni čega baš da se dohvatim ovde. Da li slave, da li grupice dečaka koji misle da su pametniji od sveta? Da li snažne romanse, da li prirode muškosti? Otrežnjujućeg kraja? Puno toga ima za knjigu od stotinak stranica, a opet ni u jednom trenutku se ne oseti nikakva žurba. Ali na mikroprimeru romanse: uvek me impresionira kada neko uspe da na circa dvadeset stranica bavljenja temom ostvari autentičnost koja neki ...more
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“An ugliness unfurled in the moonlight and soft shadow and suffused the whole world. If I were an amoeba, he thought, with an infinitesimal body, I could defeat ugliness. A man isn’t tiny or giant enough to defeat anything.” 74 likes
“...living is merely the chaos of existence...” 62 likes
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