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  • 天人五衰 Tennin Gosui
  • Yukio Mishima
  • English
  • 04 June 2018
  • 9780679722434

10 thoughts on “天人五衰 Tennin Gosui

  1. says:

    This is the fourth and final volume in Mishima’s tetralogy The Sea of Fertility Class divisions and changing values in Japan due to western influence are major themes Another theme all the way through the series is reincarnation In Decay of the Angel the reincarnated spirit is an orphan He has a job helping ships in port navigate to their docks Obviously it was pre ordained that Honda finds him since he enc

  2. says:

    A strange swift landing to the Sea of Fertility tetralogy and a book that can't help but be altered by the fact that Mishima's strange ritualis

  3. says:

    What’s this one about do you suppose? There is in all translations of Mishima’s work I have read—by a host of translators—a fundamental woodeness or clunkiness of description especially in his philosophical flights In Japan he is often referred to as a stylist with a penchant for archaic Japanese word forms So it could be that Mishima’s use of archaisms means he doesn’t translate well into English I don’t know But th

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    Do you think that your hopes and those of someone else coincide that your hopes can be smoothly realized for you by someone else? People live for themselves and think only of themselves You who than most think only of yourself have gone too far and let yourself be blinded You thought that history has its exceptions There are none You thought

  5. says:

    To be as honest as possible I must run the risk of not making any sense this is simultaneously my favorite and least favorite book in the series Parts of it were hugely gorgeous the prose was pure and had an almost cleansing aura to it and I felt alive while reading it However I wanted to strangle Mishima for writing some other parts that I felt were not only uncalled for but intentionally annoying to read I'm looking at you se

  6. says:

    Of all the books that I've read so far this has got to be the hardest book to review I feel like my love for this book stems mainly from certain aspects that have little to do with the book itselfAs an admirer of Y

  7. says:

    A great ending to a great tetralogy the ending is drilled in my memory like a painting I can see Honda on his cane uestioning his life and Satoko guided by her assistant gazing at the garden a place that had no memories as Honda said with the sunlight streaming on the trees

  8. says:

    Much like listening to Joy Division's Closer there's an inescapable feeling of finality when reading the last novel of the

  9. says:

    An excellent ending to a most excellent and powerful series of four novels I'm so sad to see it end and I'm sure I'll be feeling a bit empty for a while to come

  10. says:

    How can an angel decay? An angel in this context is not the haloed winged messenger of the Christian deity In Buddhist cosmology angels are celestial beings who live in the sixth realm of rebirth Those with good k

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天人五衰 Tennin Gosui

As the dramatic climax of The Sea of Fertility 'The Decay of the Angel' brings together the dominant themes of the three previous novels the meaning and decay of Japan's courtly tradition and samurai ideal; the essence and value of Buddhist philoso. A strange swift landing to the Sea of Fertility tetralogy and a book that can t help but be altered by the fact that Mishima s strange ritualistic suicide occurred the day after he handed it in on the date on the last page of the mansucript There is a lot to like in this volume which cleverly inverts the reincarnations of Kiyoaki by uestioning whether this particular rendition a sociopathic ship watcher named T ru Yasunaga a character w virtually no inner life is a complex imposter The middle of the book Toru s journal is an interesting return to the first book set in 1970s Japan as the lead Honda battles old age But there are shortcomings here the book moves too fast accepting its strangeness as a matter of course and cutting short the intriguing push and pull between Honda and his adopted son who have so much in common It s almost as if Mishima himself is in dread of his aged narrator whose gradual disintegration is treated rather grotesuely The ending however is excellent something we ve waited for for 4 booksfor 60 years of plotAs an overall project The Sea of Fertility is fascinating to consider flawed weird autobiographical ambitious I enjoyed my journey through its lush barren pages

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Phy and aesthetics; and underlying all Mishima's apocalyptic vision of the modern era which saw the dissolution of the moral and cultural forces that throughout the ages nourished a people and a world The time is the late 1960s Honda now an aged an. Do you think that your hopes and those of someone else coincide that your hopes can be smoothly realized for you by someone else People live for themselves and think only of themselves You who than most think only of yourself have gone too far and let yourself be blinded You thought that history has its exceptions There are none You thought that the race has its exceptions There are none There is no special right to happiness and none to unhappiness There is no tragedy and there is no genius Your confidence and your dreams are groundless If there is on this earth something exceptional special beauty or special evil nature finds it out and uproots it We should all by now have learned the hard lesson that there are no elect Like a knife So the last volume of The Sea of Fertility tetralogy It tells the story of an elderly Honda and T ru a 16 year old he adopts after noticing that the boy had a certain characteristic that led the old man to believe he was in the presence of Kiyoaki s third reincarnation the protagonist of Spring Snow the first volume which despite my previous doubts is still my favorite of the series This book is far from mediocrity however I can t say even while having the same rating that it matches the first installment s excellence I have to admit that I suffered I was expecting repulsion mostly I didn t imagine I was going to be this disoriented fluctuating between annoyance and boredom So I suffered for almost the entire book It only takes one allusion to abuse in any way shape or form in this case toward the elderly for me to feel incredibly sad I can t describe the feeling when such situations stop being fiction In any case Honda s vulnerability made me forget from time to time the disgust I felt in The Temple of Dawn the previous volume My ultimate cause of suffering was the adopted son who symbolized the vastly unoriginal juxtaposition of external beauty and internal ugliness Clich d to the point of boredom if this isn t your first novel of the kind As I told someone before I think I reached the limit and can t tolerate stories involving handsome and aloof boysmen who think girlswomen are shallow and fairly unnecessary if it weren t for lust Aside from that T ru is the embodiment of evil In that sense the story felt forced and rushed It took forever to start and then uite abruptly we find a diabolic adolescent whose mission in life is to injure among others his adoptive father By the end we are given some explanations we all heard before but it was too late to revert the process I was already looking forward to a conclusionHaving read a fair amount of his books Mishima remains a conundrum to me A delightful enigma endowed with the ability to attract and repel As ever his writing is painfully poetic and when it clashes with obnoxious ideas or disgusting actions the counterpoint has an enthralling effect The search for beauty something that never leaves the sphere of the flesh a word the author loves as well as self respect still continues and everything that interferes with the narrator s visions of what s pure and beauteous is severely ridiculed The aversion to aging is almost insulting Moreover the idea of rising against not a machine but a natural and inexorable process is an absurd way to experience life Too many signs of decayThis book was meandering toward the 3 star realm but the last few chapters struck a chord The following uote is part of one brutal rebuke The little cloud of evil had found an implacable opponent All puffed up by illusions born of abstract concepts you strut about as the master of a destiny even though you have none of the ualifications You think you have seen to the ends of the earth But you have not once had an invitation beyond the horizon You have nothing to do with light or enlightenment there is no real spirit in flesh or in heartHonestly there was nothing special about the previous reincarnations either as they were all brimming with selfishness the most ordinary of ualities From a practical point of view humanity is defined by a self absorbed completely narcissistic nature nothing commonplace A trite old joke with an air of uniueness with delusions of grandeur The truly remarkable is the opposite kindness empathy altruistic acts amid so much filthApril 2 18 Later on my blog Note to self edit The Sea of FertilitySpring SnowRunaway HorsesThe Temple of Dawn

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D wealthy man discovers and adopts a sixteen year old orphan Toru as his heir identifying him with the tragic protagonists of the three previous novels each of whom died at the age of twenty Honda raises and educates the boy yet watches him waiting. An excellent ending to a most excellent and powerful series of four novels I m so sad to see it end and I m sure I ll be feeling a bit empty for a while to come


About the Author: Yukio Mishima

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