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The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea by Yukio Mishima
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Oct 27, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: japanese

The first Mishima I read, and I was instantly in love (of course) it's both oedipal and misogynistic, tender and brutal, erotic and filthy.
Like many 20th century Japanese authors, his life is one I would probably do best not to replicate, but his passion for writing is admirable. A little too much though.
Definitely, definitely, definitely has to be read through to the end.
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October 27, 2008 – Shelved
November 11, 2009 – Shelved as: japanese

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Amber Boyatzis I just read this, and then about his life, and now I feel very unsettled.


Louis Amber wrote: "I just read this, and then about his life, and now I feel very unsettled."

Last year, for PhD research, I read seven different biographies of Mishima. There's a scene in one where an old lover of Mishima's describes how he found it boring that Mishima's sexual fantasies all involved seppuku. So yes, unsettling.

For a light change, I'd recommend The Sound of Waves. Or if you like being unsettled, read the short story Patriotism (I believe it's in Death in Midsummer & Other Stories). I find it almost unreadable, but then again I have an aversion to anything pro-suicide (odd then that I'm doing a PhD on Mishima...)


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