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 In The Temple of the Golden Pavilion, celebrated Japanese novelist Yukio Mishima creates a haunting and vivid portrait of a young man’s obsession with idealized beauty and his destructive quest to possess it fully.

Mizoguchi, an ostracized stutterer, develops a childhood fascination with Kyoto’s famous Golden Temple. While an acolyte at the temple, he fixates on the struct
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Hardcover, 247 pages
Published 1995 by Everyman's Library (first published 1956)
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Michael Finocchiaro
This story by Mishima is a beautiful tale about obsession and how it destroys the bearer. It is a fable loosely based on the true story of the burning of the Kinka-kuji temple in Kyoto (I visited it once - it is absolutely sublime!) A must read for entering into the awesome universe of Mishima's writing.
Paquita Maria Sanchez
Oh yes, you do so want to read this novel. I would mark the following synopsis as a "spoiler," but all is revealed in the introduction, and the events that inspired the book are about as big a mystery for the Japanese as what happened to the Titanic is to Westerners anyway, so don't go getting all sore with me like I'm maliciously ruining all your fun. We are being multicultural and pretending we already knew about this major historical event before hearing of and reading Mishima's novel. Who's ...more
Steven Godin
Jan 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: japan, fiction
I have twice in the past tried to read Mishima, firstly 'Spring Snow' which at the time for what ever reason just couldn't seem to get into it, although will definitely return there in due course. Secondly had a go at 'The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With The Sea' but didn't like his nihilistic portrayal of youth. The Temple of the Golden Pavilion was far more accessible and enticing, but still retained a serious and disturbing tone. Based on this evidence, Mishima was somebody that held traditio ...more
Jimmy
Jun 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
On 1 July 1950, during the Allied Occupation of Japan, a Buddhist monk by the name of Yoken Hayashi set fire to the Kinkaku-ji, or, as it is known in English ‘The Temple of the Golden Pavilion’. Yoken was a man of little consequence; a character in history, who, had he not committed such an acrimonious act, would not have been remembered today. He suffered from a debilitating stutter, and was considered ugly by many of his peers.

It is often conjectured that Yoken was either schizophrenic or suf
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Deniz Balcı
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: japon-edebiyatı, dq
'Altın Köşk Tapınağı' yapısıyla bir üst-kurmaca özelliği taşırken, aslında yazarın bütün eserlerinde gördüğümüz 'kendisi' merkezli bir roman. Konusunu, 1950 senesinde, Kyoto'da yaşanan gerçek bir olaydan alan kitap; Mishima'nın elinde çok katmanlı, karanlık bir düşünme şeklinin gösterisi haline gelmiş. Bu 'Denizi Yitiren Denizci'den alışkın olduğumuz bir şey aslında, ancak orada hikayenin kontürlerini çok iyi çizen Mishima, Noburo karakteri üzerinden yoğun felsefi aktarımlara girişmiyordu ya da ...more
ArturoBelano
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yukio Mişima hep bir gün sırası gelecek olan yazarlardan biriydi benim için ve bir türlü sırası gelmeyenlerden. Herkesin vardır böyle yazarları, kesin okuyacağım deyip bir türlü başlamadıkları. Kısmet bugüneymiş. okuma grubumuzun bu ay okuyacağı iki kitaptan biriydi Altın Köşk Tapınağı, yoksa ben Mişima’ya buradan başlamayı hiç düşünmemiştim. Ben genelde büyük yazarların en bilinen, en temel denilen eserleri ile başlarım okumalarıma, oradan diğer eserlerine geçer, dertlerinin izini sürerim. Bu t ...more
Lars Jerlach
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Eddie Watkins
Jul 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: japanese-fiction
To make one Mishima take one dehydrated Dostoevsky; remove all hair and whiskers (go all the way! give old Dos a full Brazilian!) then polish to a steely sheen; carefully remove the heart and brain; take the heart between both hands and squeeze, using occult Buddhist techniques, until the heart’s emotional essence is drop by drop converted into intellectual conceits; collect these drops and add to brain; replace squeezed-out Dostoevsky heart with something pitiless; rehydrate with fanaticism and ...more
peiman-mir5 rezakhani
دوستانِ گرانقدر، داستانِ این کتاب، از این قرار است که در سالِ 1950 میلادی، یکی از معبدهایِ مشهورِ بودائیان در شهرِ توکیوِ ژاپن، در آتش سوخت و نابود شد... کتابخوانها و فرهنگ دوستانِ ژاپنی، نمیتوانستند این حادثهٔ تلخ را فراموش کنند و بر این باور بودند که هیچ چیز نمیتواند چنین آثار ارزنده و تاریخی را برگردانده و یا بازسازی کند... از سویِ دیگر روزنامه نگارها نیز سوژه ای مهم به دست آورده و بر این باور بودند که یک موجودِ نادان، عقده ای و یا کینه توز، این معبدِ طلائی را به آتش کشیده است
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Hakan
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
altın köşk tapınağı yaşanmış bir olaydan yola çıkılarak yazılmış bir roman. yaşanmış-gerçek bir olayın nasıl romanlaştırılacağına dair ideal bir örnek değil ama yaşananın düşünsel altyapısının nasıl oluşturulabileceğine dair müthiş bir örnek.

bir olayı duyduğumuzda, okuduğumuzda, bir şekilde haberdar ya da tanık olduğumuzda hatta yaşadığımızda düşünmediğimiz, düşünemeyeceğimiz, dahası düşünmek istemeyeceğimiz bir noktaya götürüyor bizi mişima bu romanla. pervasız, keskin, karanlık.

romanın merke
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Stephen M
This book made me think of a term I learned in a psychology class called eidetic memory; a short look over at wikipedia will give a bit of a misleading definition. Eidetic memory, at least in the form that I learned it, is the short-term, instantaneous memory of visual images that, under certain theories, is stored for a very brief period of time before transferring into long term memory store. The effects of eidetic memory can be shown in a number of ways, but most famous is the optical illusio ...more
Sinem A.
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nippon
sanırım mişima okumanın en güsel yanı; insan derinliklerine başka samimi ve lirik bakmak..
Argos
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Daha önce okuduğum Denizi Yitiren Denizci ve Dalgaların Sesi’nden farklı. Çok daha yoğun felsefik aktarımlar ve yoğun bir dil kullanımı kullanılmış. Bu nedenle diğer iki kitaba göre daha zor okunuyor, daha çok konsantrasyon gerektiriyor.
Kekeme ve çirkin olan Mizoguçi’nin anlatımıyla, gerçek bir olaydan kurgulanmış bu romanın ana öğesini kahramanımızın varoluşu sorgulamasının, var olmakla yok olmak arasında sayısız geliş gidişlerinin oluşturduğunu söyleyebiliriz. Aslında kitabın 195. sayfasında
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Jeremy
Sep 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How wonderfully freaked out is this book? It's about a young, introverted zen priest who becomes obssessed with a six hundred year old temple to the exclusion of everything else in his life, and then decides it has to be burned down to the ground. And it actually happened! Mishima is just brilliant at sucking you into the world of Mizoguchi's damaged neurosis. And almost every paragraph has at least one mind-fuck brilliant observation about beauty, ugliness, love, obsession, destruction, what ha ...more
Özgür
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: don-quixote-k-k

"... Müzik rüyaya benzeyen bir şey. Aynı zamanda da rüyanın tam zıddı bir şey, sıradan uyanık saatlerimizden farklı olarak özel bir bilinçlilik haline benziyor..."



Yazma eylemlerinin içerisinde sanırım en kutsal olanı, geleneği, coğrafyası ve insan hissiyle etrafını saran tüm pencerelerden tarihi görüp anlatabilmektir.

Mişima japon edebiyatında okuduğum ikinci yazar oldu. Kendisi hakkında daha önce hiçbir cümle okumamış olmama rağmen ( ki bu daha güzelleştirdi ) yazmış olduklarıyla, elleri
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Shankar
Feb 01, 2019 rated it liked it
I picked this up as I had wanted to build an appreciation for Japanese literature ( more accurately books set in Japan). The writer's style is unique ( maybe its just me)....words like "she told on me" to indicate she snitched...or "revivify"..( is that a thing ?!!) ..maybe I dont know.

In any case this is a story of the narrator of his story from childhood. He is very attached to his Father who was a priest and sets him to be one as well. The narrator goes through a horrifying experience of his
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Jackson Burnett
Philosophy and art.
Kink, death, and destruction.


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In 1968, Japanese author Yukio Mishima committed ritual suicide to protest the Westernization of his country.

In 1950, Hayashi Yoken, a Buddhist monk, set fire to the ancient Zen temple called Kinkaku for reasons known only to him.

Mishima provides a fictional retelling of Yoken's crime in The Temple of the Golden Pavilion. The novel is a favorite of mine, but it is not a book one actually likes.

Mizoguchi, the fictional arsonist, tells his story, an
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Nora Barnacle
Zamislite da vam najskuplji, stoletni francuski konjak posluže u onoj plastičnoj čašici za kafu (što ne može čestito ni da se drži u ruci) ili, ako ne volite konjak, da vam u u nekom perverzno ekstravagantnom hotelu za doručak posluže mas' na 'leba. Koliki god avanturisti bili, kolikim god širom da vam se um otvara, neverica vas mora pokositi.

E, takav neki utisak ostavlja „Zlatni paviljon“ i u tom smilu jeste nesvakidašnje čitalaško iskustvo.

Po sredi je, što se mene tiče, sindrom „mnogo hteo, m
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Rowena
Apr 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“To be sure, there are times when the reality of the outer world seems to be waiting for me, folding its arms as it were, while I was struggling to free myself. But the reality that is waiting for me is not a fresh reality. When finally I reach the outer world after all my efforts, all that I find is a reality that has instantly changed colour and gone out of focus- a reality that has lost the freshness that I had considered fitting for myself, and that gives off a half-putrid odour."

Mishima is
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Tsung
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
In 1950, the 600 year old Kinkakuji was burned down by a novice monk. Mishima creates a fictional account of the person and events leading up to its destruction. The success of this novel depends on how successful Mishima is in convincing the reader of the young acolyte’s personality, thoughts and motivations.

The Golden Pavilion in Kyoto is beautiful, but not captivating. It may be that it is a reconstruction or it may be the thousands of tourists that rob it of its Zenness. Mizoguchi had high e
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Çağdaş T
Oct 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kitaplara puan vermeyi daha çok kendim için yapıyorum. Geriye dönüp baktığımda ne kadar beğenmiştimi hatırlamak adına. Çoğu kitapta karşıma çıkan durum şu: Bittiği anda elinizden bırakıp rafına yerleştirdikten sonra hissettiklerinizle, belirli bir süre demlenmeye bırakıp yorumladığınızdaki düşünceleriniz oldukça farklı olabiliyor. Bu yüzden belki de kitapları puanlamamak çok daha doğru.
Neyse efendim,kitabı okuyan arkadaşlarımla konuştukça, ilgili yorumları okudukça kitaba verdiğim 3 yıldızın hak
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Pavle
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nakon što je jedan student 1950-te godine spalio Zlatni Paviljon u Kjotu, koji su potom Japanci još lepše to rekonstruisali jer su to ipak Japanci, Mišima je uzeo i iseckao sve novinske članke koje je mogao da pronadje i manje više na osnovu njih napisao ovaj roman. Dakle – psihološki profil na četristo stranica, odnosno pokušaj odgovora na pitanje „zašto bokte?“

I kao takav, roman u mnogome uspeva. Narativno pripovedanje protagoniste romana / antagoniste Japana u prvom licu ostavlja bogaoca pro
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Aslı Can
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
İkinci kez okudum Altın Köşk Tapınağı'nı ve yorum yazarken fark ettim; ilk kez tam bir yıl önce okumuşum. İkinci okumamda çok daha fazla sevdim çünkü hoşuma giden bir sürü bağlantı, bulut yakalamışım gibi hissettim. Kaptan Ahab'ın Moby Dick'e duyduğu platonik aşkı, böcek olarak uyanan Gregor Samsa'nın viyaklayan konuşması, Gombrowicz'in karakterlerinin hayal güçlerinden sızan fantezinin, eylemlerini harekete geçiren yegane güç oluşu; hepsi satır aralarında teker teker bir yerlerde yaşıyor Altın ...more
Beka Sukhitashvili
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: japanese
34 რომანი აქვს დაწერილი და 2016 წელს ქართულ ენაზე მიშიმას პირველი რომანი ითარგმნა. კავაბატას, აბეს და მურაკამის გაცილებით ვწყალობთ, როგორ ჩანს. კაი, მთავარია რომ დავიწყეთ და იმედი მაქვს, მის ყველა მნიშვნელოვან ნაწარმოებს მაინც ვთარგმნით, თუ სულ ყველაფერს არა.
ცეცხლწაკიდებული ოქროს ტაძარი ყველა ადამიანის სულში არსებობს. ადამიანი დესტრუქციული ცხოველია, უბრალოდ, ზოგჯერ ხელოვნების ილუზიასთან უძლური რჩება ხოლმე. საინტერესოა, რომ ქართველების დამოკიდებულება კულტურული ძეგლების მიმართ, თითქმის მიძოგუჩის მ
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Neli Krasimirova
Gölge konuşabilseydi muhtemelen geceleri rüyamda "Altın köşk!" diye sayıkladığımı söylerdi. Bilahare toparlanmış editle dönmek üzere ayrılıyorum.
Edit1: Mişima hakkında fikirlerine inanılmaz güvendiğim bir arkadaşım "Bir Maskenin İtirafları"nı okumadan karar vermemem gerektiğini söyledi. İşbu yorumu o kitabı okuduktan sonra tekrar editlemek üzere terkediyorum.
Chris
Jan 31, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: japan
Mishima is one of the most famous modern Japanese writers and, near as I can tell, a complete nutjob. Or was, anyway. He killed himself by seppuku back in 1970.

Kinkakuji is one of his most famous works, and I chose it as a first entry into Mishima because I love reading books set in Kyoto and, well, I've been to Kinkakuji a few times.

My reaction upon seeing it was a lot like the main character's - disappointment. In the book, a young Mizuguchi is told by his father that the Golden Temple is the
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John
Jul 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yukio Mishima's The Temple of the Golden Pavilion is a meditation on the relationship between words and action, beauty and ugliness, and Being and nothingness. In this book, which is one of Mishima's best novels, these themes are treated with considerable patience and depth, giving readers great insight into the philosophical issues that preoccupied Mishima for the entirety of his writing career; all the way up to his own ritual suicide by seppuku in 1970.
The plot of the story concerns a Japan
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Laau
Mishima, ay Mishima.

Cuántas veces me habré empezado "Confesiones de una máscara", sólo para volver a abandonarlo en el primer capítulo. Cuantísimo me ha costado leer "El Pabellón de Oro", para al final terminarlo por obligación, no por gusto. La pelea interna que tengo con este escritor es INTENSA.

¿Tendrá que ver con su excentricidad? ¿Con sus pesadas descripciones? ¿Con la pobreza de las traducciones al español de sus obras? ¿O será que conozco demasiado de su vida como para poder simpatizar c
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Tatevik Najaryan
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tatevik by: Anahit H.
Since childhood, I didn't like descriptions or texts without dialogs. I just skipped these parts. But strangely enough I also didn't like plays. Recently I've been reading both a lot. This was one of the most satisfying readings of the year, along with The Remains of the Day and Chocolate. I started reading this book at the same time with American Gods and at first I thought I shall abandon this book and read the former book. I always do so when I am reading a classic along with some fast readin ...more
Junta
Jun 07, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sociopaths, those visiting the temple in Kyoto
There were some interesting philosophical soliloquies and conversations about beauty, identity, life and death, but the story threw me off a little with its pacing. The characters were quite unique, although in a collectively depressing and/or contrived manner. Mizoguchi, a stuttering sociopath, brought the protagonists of Dostoyevsky's Notes from Underground and The Double to my mind.
...My appearance may be poor, but in this way my inner world was richer than anyone else's. Isn't it natural for
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Yukio Mishima (三島 由紀夫) was born in Tokyo in 1925. He graduated from Tokyo Imperial University’s School of Jurisprudence in 1947. His first published book, The Forest in Full Bloom, appeared in 1944 and he established himself as a major author with Confessions of a Mask (1949). From then until his death he continued to publish novels, short stories, and plays each year. His crowning achievement, th ...more
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