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"The Sailor Who Fell from Grace With The Sea", Yukio Mishima

June 12th, 2009 · No Comments · Asian, Japanese, Literature

sailorwhofellfromgraceSynopsis: Teenage boy watches widowed mother sleep with handsome sailor through hole in bedroom wall. Boy becomes disillusioned with handsome sailor when he chooses his mother over life on the sea and begins plotting revenge.

My Take: In a word, dark.

Brett Easton Ellis dark.

Reminded me a lot of the Catcher in the Rye for its narcissistic narrator and ultimately nihilistic world view. Its outlook is too bleak for me these days – I think I would have enjoyed this more as a teenager – but Mishima is such a talented writer that the beauty of his prose alone was enough to keep me interested.

Highlight:

“Do you remember that day on the pier when I said there was only one way to make him a hero again… Well, the time has come.”

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