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天人五衰 Tennin Gosui

Yukio Mishima Í 3 characters read ´ eBook or Kindle ePUB Í Yukio Mishima summary 天人五衰 Tennin Gosui 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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Yukio Mishima Í 3 characters read ´ eBook or Kindle ePUB Í Yukio Mishima summary 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 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 this fourth volume of The Sea of Fertility tetralogy seems to me in the first half worst of the batch One has no idea why the characters are alternately so goddamned indifferent then so cruel The novel s seems to be all surface Why is there mention of evil out of the blue like that What s evil I d like to be shown T ru s evil and not simply be told about it It would do wonders for the suspense Yet the motivations are often completely opaue Except at the end there is little or no insight into character T ru is without parentage No past for him is ever given He lives alone without friends motivated like most Mishima protagonists entirely by a mix of na vet and cryptic self inuiry The day after Mishima finished this MS he committed suicide He was 45 Maybe that was his only alternative He certainly makes clear here as in all his books to some degree his absolute detestation of old age The book seems to me a farrago a pastiche whose fragments are not without interest but a novel they do not make

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Yukio Mishima Í 3 characters read ´ eBook or Kindle ePUB Í Yukio Mishima summary 天人五衰 Tennin Gosui 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 Much like listening to Joy Division s Closer there s an inescapable feeling of finality when reading the last novel of the uartet that goes beyond simply it being the last novel If you re at all interested in Mishima or the uartet you re probably well aware that as soon as Mishima finished the novel he went out attempted to stage a coup that failed miserably and then committed a ritual suicide all of which made perfect sense to him in his worldview but don t seem entirely like the acts of a rational person Yet we have this As his death was clearly planned when reading the final pages of the novel you are definitely reading the last words of a man about to die and who knew that he was about to die And that knowledge is somewhat hauntingNot surprisingly the notion of mortality creeps up than once in the course of the slimmest of the four novels although the uartet as a whole has been obsessed with the idea of growing older and losing the fire of youth it seems poignant here even as Mishima eschews sentimentality almost entirely We run into Honda again and find the man in his eighties old enough to realize that the good times are behind him even though he s uite rich and prepared to slide into oblivion the same way he has coasted through life unable or unwilling to leave or make much of an impact Always at the back of his mind is the notion of reincarnation embodied by his childhood friend Kiyoaki who keeps showing up in different guises throughout his life dying tragically young each timeThis time it seems that his old friend has become an orphan named Toru Spying those telltale birthmarks Honda adopts him as a teenager with the intent of watching him grow up and perhaps seeing if he can finally be spared the fate of all the other incarnations and not perish at a young age Sounds like as good a retirement plan as any rightYet it uickly becomes different The other incarnations were marked by what Honda perceived as an inner beauty a fiery passion that was inspiring in the way a bonfire can be You can stand back and admire it without daring to get too close Instead Toru seems wayward and petty not possessed with any grand romance or ideas for Japan content in casual cruelty and not struck with any arcing ambition And before long the old man and the kid are starting to get at each other s throats with Toru rather fond of seeing the old man die and nicely inheriting his wealth while Honda s initial desire to save the youth from what he believes was his fate becomes an insistence on surviving long enough to see him die so he can have the satisfaction of having lived longer Meanwhile the world erodes and decays around them both as Toru s inability to grasp beauty even in the midst of his petty evil makes Honda wonder if he indeed is a reincarnation or he has perhaps devoted his energy to the wrong course But his sureness in the rightness of it is what keeps him going in a sense the notion of being eternal and lasting beyond what he is exemplified in the continual reemergence of his old friendIts an interesting reversal from the early volumes a subtle undermining of all that we saw before Doubts that never existed before begin to linger the Japan outside Honda slipping further away as we spend time in his thoughts even as his thoughts become ossified Mishima has no love for old age a disdain that crackles throughout the book but seems to take on a particular focus here There are moments when the fear of losing the fire of one s youth and settling into senescence practically leaps off the page a chilling intensity that comes near to desperation The sensuality that lingered in the pages of Temple of Dawn or the raw passion that infused Runaway Horses has been replaced here with a crumbling decay that doesn t realize how fragile it has become a weakly swaggering Honda lost within himself detached from a Japan that Mishima perceives as already detached from itself lost in a spiral where the arc is no longer beautiful The final scenes resonates with a chill that goes past despair into a cold realization that can only occur when one feels that finally all the layers are stripped away and what remains in undoubtedly the truthIn the light of this the ending becomes remarkable upending everything that both we and Honda have known all along stripping away the mysticism and philosophy that marked the first volumes and perhaps leaving us with what was there all along the spaces between words the spaces that make up words and the voids that comprise ourselves The blissful continuation of nothing arrived and achieved Taken as a whole the volumes of the uartet have done their best to gradually take away the layers we thought existed setting up a world where we re convinced certain notions are true against all hope and by the end reinforcing that our original ideas were true all along We have no one else Mishima seems to suggest as the book races toward its and his end no one else and not even ourselves Just the universe maybe a single point of hard dark light too far away to be touched and unable to be unseen So what do we have then when the point is finally grasped The ending has a suggestion that Mishima may have ultimately taken in its fragile clarity or his interpretation may have been the only way he could have seen it having perhaps striven for so long to see what needed to be there what had to be present But we negate in our faltering absences acting without blinking Thus it becomes It acts as a mirror that turns us into glass It becomes better every time I read it Not truer but better It fits where it has to and in that becomes its own perfection and maybe worth the effort in ways he was unable to imagine