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Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea
Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea | Yukio Mishima
Yukio Mishima s "The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With the Sea" explores the vicious nature of youth that is sometimes mistaken for innocence. Thirteen-year-old Noboru is a member of a gang of highly philosophical teenage boys who reject the tenets of the adult world to them, adult life is illusory, hypocritical, and sentimental. When Noboru s widowed mother is romanced by Ryuji, a sailor, Noboru is thrilled. He idolizes this rugged man of the sea as a hero. But his admiration soon turns to hatred, as Ryuji forsakes life onboard the ship for marriage, rejecting everything Noboru holds sacred. Upset and appalled, he and his friends respond to this apparent betrayal with a terrible ferocity."
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Smarkies
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Bailedbailed

I generally don't read the synopsis of a book when I pick it up and go in quite blind. Got through about one third of this. It was dark ( I could deal- ish... ), the language was lyrical (great), but then there was that graphic animal cruelty scene and I don't think this book will be for me - what with me being on the fence about "dark".
Was hoping to read this as a nautical book for #booked2022. Will have to pick another.

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Michael.Macalino
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The book I read was a book written by Yukio Mishima. This book follows a very philosophical boy named Noboru. His ideas are strange and his morals are not what you would say “normal“ for a thirteen-year-old boy. At the start of the book he spies on his naked mother through a peephole in his wall; he only does this when his mother is being mean or is scolding him.

Michael.Macalino He does this as sort of a punishment to her, breaching her privacy is his way of making it even. That is only one of the many instances of Noborus‘s strange behavior throughout the book. Noboru's widowed mother meets a man named Ryuji, then processes to have an affair with a sailor; a man that Noboru looks up to because Noboru sees Ryuji as the ideal man. 9mo
Michael.Macalino A sailor who cares nothing more than his duties in his field, but as time Ryuji turns into his father as he gets engaged to his mother. Noboru hates seeing Ryuji as a father figure, because of how different his morals are from Ryuji and also because it was a complete contrast to what he idolized Ryuji for in the first place. So Noboru and his friends decide to manipulate the Japanese laws (because they are kids) to try and murder Ryuji.
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Michael.Macalino The theme of the book is the theme of what true masculinity is and what is a man supposed to do in society. It is a theme throughout the book because of how it heavily depicts Noboru as this stereotypical independent man who would have lived his days at sea if not for meeting Noborus‘s mother and falling in love with her. It also touches on what a man is supposed to do and teach in his family; like how it good it is to teach morals. 9mo
Michael.Macalino If you like books that really hit you hard with some obscure political standings on the world then I would say pick up this book. People who also like very dark and gruesome scenes like a gang of philosophical thirteen-year boys who kill a cat because they feel as though they are gods then this book is a must!
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MissYaremcio This sounds awesome! Nicely done Michael! 6/6 9mo
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TheEllieMo
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I am posting one book per day from my extensive to-be-read collection. No description and providing no reason for wanting to read it, I just do. Some will be old, some will be new. Don‘t judge me - I have a lot of books. Join the fun if you want.
This is day 115
#BooksToRead #TBRPile #TBRMountain

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sarahlandis
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Mehso-so

I thought this was an interesting book- it had Lord of the Flies vibes to it. A band of intellectual 13 years deciding to take lives into their own hands in order to find meaning and purpose. A love story as well. It was very disturbing at times. Although I enjoyed this just fine, I wouldn't necessarily recommend.

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nathandrake1997
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While I was occasionally conflicted about some of the thematic undercurrents and messaging, I was nevertheless riveted by Mishima's exquisite prose till the end

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DimeryRene
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I am very excited to be starting this book!

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Weird book - but makes you think! Enjoy! 3y
DimeryRene @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Have you read anything else by him? 3y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled The only other one I‘ve read is The Frolic of the Beasts. I find his stuff weird and strangely hypnotic. I usually am just confused. Have you read any of his other stuff? 3y
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vivastory
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I just found out about this Vintage Classic Japanese Series set last night. Published in March these might be the most amazing designs I've seen all year. I already own three of these (Out, Wind-up Bird & Sailor Who Fell) & the other two are on my TBR as well. Very tempting!

erzascarletbookgasm They‘re gorgeous aren‘t they? 😍 3y
BarbaraBB Very tempting!! 😍😍 3y
merelybookish Wow! Those are amazing! 3y
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Leftcoastzen Beautiful! 3y
sudi They look beautiful 😍 3y
Rissreads Wow, gorgeous! 3y
Liz_M WANT! 3y
Aimeesue Lovely! 3y
Aimeesue And also: Litsy is DANGEROUS. Clearly a threat to my bank account. 3y
youneverarrived These are stunning 😍 3y
LeahBergen Aren‘t they lovely? 😍 3y
arubabookwoman Love those covers! The Makioka Sisters is one of my desert island books, and Out is an absolute must-read crime novel. I‘ve read both 2x, and I think I‘d like to reread The Makioka Sisters again! 3y
vivastory @arubabookwoman After that endorsement I think I'll be reading it soon! 3y
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Dyslexicon13
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From start to finish this was a dark and captivating read!

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SusanLee
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It was beautifully written but I totally did not expect it to turn into a disgusting monster! Truly a disturbing kid with such sickening mindset! I was so appalled at the end 🤮🤮🤮

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m.galehuxley
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Next up. The writing is lovely so far.

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BiblioNyan
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Gonna drink some tea, read for a bit, & then hit the bed! Have a lovely evening! 💕🌸

#japaneselit #yukiomishima #ownvoices

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Lexica10
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Of course it ends before they kill him. You couldn‘t expect resolution from this genre ... love and death are synonymous, as Mishima goes on to say himself in the intro to a Kawabata novella, my next read...

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myers85
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Mehso-so

Finished this late last year. I bought it simply because I loved the cover and wanted to try some Japanese fiction having only ever read Ring. Some parts of it went over my head though. After reading about the author's fate I realised that he was a very deep man and I would like to read more of his work but whilst I did quite enjoy this I didn't love it - I'd have preferred to have witnessed the aftermath of the ending. Dark and philosophical.

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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled
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My cat, Eggy Say, agrees: Kill all the fictional people you want, but murder a fictional kitten, and you're a monster. Not sure I can keep reading Mishima. I keep telling myself no actual kittens were harmed.

KVanRead 🙀 6y
quirkyreader I was just thinking about this book Sunday morning. I guess it was the seagulls that got me thinking about it. 6y
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Hamlet
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What an amazing & terrifying book this is. Six boys have a "pure" creed that finds fault in everything. Their uncompromising view echoes the view of sea life that Ryuji has before he starts seeing Noboru's mother. His move toward love & fatherhood starts a nightmare of acts by the boys, acts of misused ideals. The tragedy is their misguided rejection of any human warmth or faults for an untenable vision of pure freedom. (Sea image: Lucy Bellwood)

LeahBergen That porthole is making me seasick 😉 6y
Hamlet If you're on Tumblr, check out her Tumblr blog lucybellows to see several porthole gifs and vids... I couldn't take my eyes off them. 6y
Hamlet Oops... lucybellwood@tumblr.com 6y
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GoneFishing

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.

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ElizaTodd
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Yet another book that I can't seem to find anywhere so I'll post a screenshot of the cover! I loved this book so much and thought it was perfect for #SetByTheSea #TheSailorWhoFellFromGrace #YukioMishima #Day20 #SomethingforSept #SeptPhotoChallenge

Hobbinol ❤️ Mishima. Nice choice! 6y
ElizaTodd @Hobbinol If you like Mishima, you should watch Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters, it's so great! 6y
Hobbinol Been there, done that! I concur whole heartedly-- great film. 6y
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