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Tumultul valurilor [BOOKS] ⚣ Tumultul valurilor By Yukio Mishima – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Poveste de dragoste arhetipala ce surprinde n acelasi timp esenta sufletului nipon, romanul Tumultul valurilor Shiosai a fost ecranizat n Japonia de cinci oriMarea ce scalda plajele insulei Utajima nu Poveste de dragoste arhetipala ce surprinde n acelasi timp esenta sufletului nipon, romanul Tumultul valurilor Shiosai a fost ecranizat n Japonia de cinci oriMarea ce scalda plajele insulei Utajima nu este un dusman, ci doar o forta n fata careia oamenii trebuie sa stie c nd sa plece fruntea si c nd sa se razvrateasca Tot marea le asigura nsa supravietuirea locuitorilor insulitei Din ad ncurile se ridica plasele pline cu peste, n ad ncurile ei plonjeaza cautatoarele de perle, aduc nd la lumina zilei comori delicate Shinji este un t nar pescar care si ntretine mama si fratele dupa ce tatal le a fost rapit de valurile nemiloase pentru ca echipajul barcii sale a nesocotit legile nescrise ale navigatiei T nara Hatsue, fiica lui Terukichi Miyata, cel mai nstarit om din Utajima, se ntoarce pe insula pentru a deveni cautatoare de perle, iar marea i aduce astfel mpreuna pe cei doi nsa tatal lui Hatsue are planuri mari pentru fata lui, iar iubirea tinerilor pare condamnata Vor reusi cei doi sa nfrunte interdictiile si prejudecatile unei lumi traditionale Sau tocmai atasamentul fata de valorile stravechi si nfruntarea lui Shinji cu marea l vor face pe Miyata sa cedeze.


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  1. Jim Fonseca Jim Fonseca says:

    I ve read a half dozen novels by this Japanese author All have been dark, focused on planning secret rebellions, a planned murder, ritual suicide, death and reincarnation The author himself headed up a ritualistic right wing group and ended up committing ritual suicide So imagine my surprise to find I m reading a book about first love with a happy ending We know this from the blurbs on the cover, so I m not really giving away plot It s a coming of age story of a young man on a small Japane I ve read a half dozen novels by this Japanese author All have been dark, focused on planning secret rebellions, a planned murder, ritual suicide, death and reincarnation The author himself headed up a ritualistic right wing group and ended up committing ritual suicide So imagine my surprise to find I m reading a book about first love with a happy ending We know this from the blurbs on the cover, so I m not really giving away plot It s a coming of age story of a young man on a small Japanese island Most of the men are fishermen going out daily in small 2 3 man boats The island women are famous for their endurance diving to collect buckets of abalones, hopefully with an occasional pearl inside Social class is a theme The main character s father died in WW II, so his work as a fisherman is the main support of his mother and young brother, although his mother is a diver He falls in love with the newly arrived beautiful daughter of the wealthiest man on the island who owns a large freighter Of course it s understood that the daughter will marry one of the few other upper class boys on the island The father prohibits her from seeing the lower class boy They interact by secret notes The boy graduates from the small fishing boat to work on a freighter where he proves himself by an act of valor while at sea where he risks his life in a storm The plot is elaborated with rivals, a young man and young woman who are interested in each of the two main characters a scene between the boy s mother and the wealthy man, and village gossipers who seem to do all they can to complicate the path of true love.In the end, love finds a way through hard work, courage, honestly and doing the right thing It could be a YA novel if the three pages describing women s breasts were omitted, lol, the women dive wearing only loin cloths The novel, published in 1954, is rich in local color and in descriptive detail of a way of life housing, cooking, dress that is now gone Even the women divers are only there for tourists now Like the Greek sponge divers in Tarpon Springs, Florida The story has been made into a movie in Japan several times While writing this review I happened to come across this article about Japanese Nobel Prize winners Yasunari Kawabata 1968 Kenzaburo Oe 1968 and how Mishima basically campaigned for the prize and the hope of fans that Haruki Murakami might eventually win one photo of a traditional Japanese village from artmajeur.comAbalone divers from library.ucsd.eduThe author from wikimedia.commons.com


  2. Steven Godin Steven Godin says:

    The first couple of times I read Mishima, he left me feeling a little cold, and I wasn t in any rush to return to him But return to him I did, after picking up this in a charity bookstore recently And this simple tale of boy meets girl easily eclipsed the other Mishima books I d read It is, in all intents and purposes, a little work of art, that captures the purity of love and candor of youthful desire beautifully He handles his story is a maturely and realistic conceived way, that never pus The first couple of times I read Mishima, he left me feeling a little cold, and I wasn t in any rush to return to him But return to him I did, after picking up this in a charity bookstore recently And this simple tale of boy meets girl easily eclipsed the other Mishima books I d read It is, in all intents and purposes, a little work of art, that captures the purity of love and candor of youthful desire beautifully He handles his story is a maturely and realistic conceived way, that never pushes the novel into soppy and melodramatic territory The Sound of Waves takes place in a small Japanese coastline community, Uta jima Island, that is rocky, wooded and agriculturally barren The men are fishermen naturally, especially for octopus, and the women are skin divers after seaweed and marine snails Shinji is a young chap, who is manly in his ways, and a hard worker on the fishing boats He is also smitten with love for the young girl Hatsue, daughter of the island s wealthiest, most formidable man, Terukichi Miyata, a ship owner Hatsue returns Shinji s love, but as gossip spreads, their meetings must be remain clandestine as her father has her lined up to marry Yasuo, a cocky so and so, who doesn t deserve her love After Shinji proves his worth on a shipping voyage, which turns out to be a kind of test, Mishima dishes out a most satisfying finale that would warm even the coldest soul Mishima has the craftsman s touch to evoke all the pictorial and dramatic ramifications of his setting, which is a character in itself throughout, and plays a key role in how this blossoming relationship prevails The result is a work that carries us deeply into the lives and personalities of people who are as closely bonded to the sea as they are to each other It was simply a wise, radiant, and lovely piece of storytelling


  3. Jr Bacdayan Jr Bacdayan says:

    The fresh morning breeze blows through your face, the sun is rising in the far horizon An early ray of sunlight catches your vision and you feel temporarily overwhelmed by the gentle brightness of its glare but you welcome the comforting warmth caressing your skin The chirping of morning birds and the steady buzzing of insects melt into a unified chorus of vitality that invigorates your slowly rising spirit A smile comes to your lips You live a simple rural life, uncomplicated, fulfilling Y The fresh morning breeze blows through your face, the sun is rising in the far horizon An early ray of sunlight catches your vision and you feel temporarily overwhelmed by the gentle brightness of its glare but you welcome the comforting warmth caressing your skin The chirping of morning birds and the steady buzzing of insects melt into a unified chorus of vitality that invigorates your slowly rising spirit A smile comes to your lips You live a simple rural life, uncomplicated, fulfilling You labor during the day you rest at night your back sore and aching but your soul peaceful and contented This is the life of your ancestors, the life your father had, the life of his father before him, and the only kind of life they thought possible But then a sudden gust of wind covers the footprints they ve made and you find yourself astray drifting towards the crossroads of change, a scary but promising future forcing itself into your consciousness The sound of waves is a simple tale of a fisherman who falls in love with the beautiful daughter of the most prosperous man on their small island At the surface a heart wrenching story of impossible love but on a deeper layer also a melancholy cry against the encroachment of the modern western world to the simple life of rural Japan It is innocent, lovely, and enchanting like a young virgin pure at heart It brings a certain air of unassuming pride to the simple life of the past which pierces the modern sentimentality our generation has learned to romanticize The story spotlights the rustic lifestyle of a traditional, conservative country that during that time was slowly losing grip of its identity Shinji, a young fisherman, physically gifted, but financially and mentally at the bottom of the pile, falls in love with the modest beauty of young Hatsue She returns his affections and together they strive to stay afloat in the surging seas of the island s moral and socioeconomic judgments This is a happy story, like the fairy tales and folklores that have been passed down from one generation to the next we ve all learned that good things come to good people Once again it came to pass that Shinji, little given to thinking as he was, was lost in thought He was thinking that in spite of all they d been through, here they were in the end, free within the moral code to which they had been born, never once been estranged from the providence of the gods that, in short, it was this little island, enfolded in darkness, that had protected their happiness and brought their love to this fulfillment Work hard, obey the law, please the gods, follow your parents, get along with your neighbors, and love your country, this is the creed of our forefathers, their answer to the question of a good and happy life Today we ve complicated the answer to this simple question We ve introduced self discovery, existentialism, all kinds of anxieties and other concepts, which befuddle the mind into a constant state of perplexity and indecision Maybe the answer is not so complicated, then again maybe the answer to a question of the past is an answer from the past, and the answer to the question of the present, one from the present But what I do know is that these little nuggets of wisdom have tided generations of our ancestors into the safe and prosperous shores of simple satisfaction These overused instructions, no matter how ancient, are worth paying attention to, if not out of applicability then out of reverence The moral codes and traditions of those before us, no matter how backward and revolting to our modern sensibilities, have played a guiding hand to the fruition of our current circumstances And we owe it to them, from their success we ve either immortalized or forgotten, to their mistakes we ve learned from, to live lives worthy of the future Oh, Shinji san, let us go on truly, with strong hearts In the dark seas and unexplored fields of the unknown, the lighthouse of the past shines ever so brightly guiding the children of tomorrow, reminding us of the simple lessons that the farmer and the fisherman have known for ages Let us not forget


  4. Algernon (Darth Anyan) Algernon (Darth Anyan) says:

    You must remember thisA kiss is still a kissA sigh is just a sighThe fundamental things applyAs time goes by The most enduring stories are often very simple Boy meets girl, they like each other, the world conspires to drive them apart, they remain faithful to each other and, in the end, they may be reunited or forever alone His name is Shinji, her name is Hatsue, but for most of the book they are referred to as the boy and the girl The boy is a poor fisherman whose father has been killeYou must remember thisA kiss is still a kissA sigh is just a sighThe fundamental things applyAs time goes by The most enduring stories are often very simple Boy meets girl, they like each other, the world conspires to drive them apart, they remain faithful to each other and, in the end, they may be reunited or forever alone His name is Shinji, her name is Hatsue, but for most of the book they are referred to as the boy and the girl The boy is a poor fisherman whose father has been killed in the war, and now he has to work to support his mother and little brother The girl is a pearl diver who has been recalled home by her rich father after being sent for adoption a long time ago They live on a small island in the picturesque Gulf of Ise, their daily lives following a pattern set down since ancient times by the phases of the moon and the turning of the seasons Few of them are aware or care about the modern times and the sophistication of the mainland Japan Their lives are complete in their traditions and routines and their ambitions are narrow a boat, a house, children to carry on honouring the ancestors and the family name.The author quotes as his source of inspiration a visit to Greece and the history of Daphnys and Chloe, the same legend that has inspired in XVI century France the popular Arcadian or Pastoral poetry and pageants Instead of shepherds and shepherdesses Mishima chooses fishermen and pearl divers, but the basic premise of innocence and purity being threatened by envious modernists civilization as the enemy is present here While Shinji and Hatsue are presented as either unaware or immune to the temptations of carnal love, Chiyoko and Yasuo the two youngsters who are responsible for driving them apart are selfish and insecure and jealous It is implied that both of them have been tainted by spending too much time on the mainland Chiyoko at university in Tokyo, and Yasuo in seaside towns where he takes care of his father s shipping business The contrast between tradition and emancipation may reflect Mishima s own conservative political views, although this is one of his early novels and I understand that the far right drift manifested itself later in the author s career One of his other signature touches is the fascination with suicide, present here in the young Chiyoko storyline and argued as a valid way to restore honour after making a mistake.I have used the world pastoral earlier, but I believe it is misleading There is a strong lyrical sense and metaphor in the novel and an untainted natural environment, but it reminds meof the Italian neorealism in cinema, of Passolini, Fellini, Rossellini and Visconti, with their amateur actors and their working class poetry I see the translation into a Japanese setting in the minimalist yet luminous and clear etched prose of Mishima, in the constant awareness of nature where every coastal pine, every sea channel and gulf, every mountain fading to blue in the distance is arranged with the attention to detail and the symbolism of a Hokusai woodcut I have only one example of the imagery that charmed me in the novel, from a visit Shinji and his mother make to the local cemeteryIn the pale light of daybreak the gravestones looked like so many white sails of boats anchored in a busy harbor They were sails that would never again be filled with wind, sails that, too long unused and heavily dropping, had been turned into stone just as they were The boats anchors had been thrust so deeply into the dark earth that they could never again be raised Of all the metaphors in the novel, the strongest one by far is the one in the title the sea is ever present, taking the role of the Greek chorus from the ancient plays, always singing in the background, marking the passage of time and the inner turmoil of the characters to the rhythm of the waves breaking powerfuly on the island s promontories There is no place on the small island to hide away from their constant rumbling, they follow Shinji even when he goes away on a voyage to prove his manhood, when the sea rises up like an angry god and punishes the mortals by unleashing a hurricane The sea is also constant in its inconstancy, always changing It never stays angry for ever, and after the storm there will always be a respite, and that is the last snapshot I take from the novelNor was the sound of the waves strong, but coming regularly and peacefully, as though the sea were breathing in healthy slumber Life goes on, and there will surely be another boy and another girl who will ride the waves up and down, to stormy seas or to quiet harbors


  5. Mariel Mariel says:

    I m probably crazy and am imagining a considering feeling between Yukio Mishima and me I m feeling like he s a kindred spirit kind of author who wants the same kinds of things that I wanted Past tense, I mean For him, not me I want Pretend I m not crazy What if The Sound of Waves was a beautiful story about young love between two young and loving individuals Shinji, a simple guy who liked simple, pure at heart things like providing for his family and village Not simple life stuff like I m probably crazy and am imagining a considering feeling between Yukio Mishima and me I m feeling like he s a kindred spirit kind of author who wants the same kinds of things that I wanted Past tense, I mean For him, not me I want Pretend I m not crazy What if The Sound of Waves was a beautiful story about young love between two young and loving individuals Shinji, a simple guy who liked simple, pure at heart things like providing for his family and village Not simple life stuff like gossip and possession What if his girlfriend was Hatsue She s beautiful in the wake up and smell the flowers kind of way Sunny days and ocean horizons Uncomplicated goodness and babies smiling that s a real smile and you don t wonder if they just have gas I wasn t a nice baby the way my mom tells it I probably wasn t I probably just had gas But I like sunsets and watching fish underneath the water The way their mouths open and they breathe with gills I d want them to stay under there forever and never have to come up guess that rules out life as a simple fisher woman or diving woman, like Hatsue or Shinji s mother Their surroundings aren t as easy as that The seas don t part when it sees sea love It s earned like rain or stuff that happens with time Not grisly for ratings on the nature channel nature just real nature time I felt like Mishima wanted to be like Shinji and Hatsue Or at least part for them Their gossip mongerer is a young woman named Chiyoko All she wanted was to smile beautifully like they did She s outside, bitter and another taste can make it bearable I liked that The ability to stop and smell flowers, as they say To be pretty too and share that smile I felt like The Sound of Waves was the yearning to be like them and it felt all thebittersweet for being outside They aren t hurt by the world that doesn t find it that hard The fish are still under the water and there are still flowers They won t go away Some feeling I had about innocence.It s just a feeling I had It could be possible to see it and follow it


  6. Jola Jola says:

    FROM HEALTHY SLUMBER TO TYPHOONWhen anxious, uneasy and bad thoughts come, I go to the sea, and the sea drowns them out with its great wide sounds, cleanses me with its noise, and imposes a rhythm upon everything in me that is bewildered and confused Rainer Maria RilkeMy city, Lublin, is situatedthan six hundred kilometres from the sea but thanks to Yukio Mishima and The Sound of Waves 1954 I could absorb it with all my senses Not only imagine it but almost feel the salty taste on my FROM HEALTHY SLUMBER TO TYPHOONWhen anxious, uneasy and bad thoughts come, I go to the sea, and the sea drowns them out with its great wide sounds, cleanses me with its noise, and imposes a rhythm upon everything in me that is bewildered and confused Rainer Maria RilkeMy city, Lublin, is situatedthan six hundred kilometres from the sea but thanks to Yukio Mishima and The Sound of Waves 1954 I could absorb it with all my senses Not only imagine it but almost feel the salty taste on my tongue and the sea breeze on my face Not just the sound of waves, as the title suggests, but also their view, scent, flavour and gentle touch I read this novel last spring when no travelling was possible because of the pandemic, so I owe a lot to the author.I am also grateful for the delight I felt while reading this book Mishima s prose is so unbelievably clear, precise and light So light that you have the impression you are not reading but breathing it in I loved its cool freshness It is also vividly visual no wonder the novel has been adapted for film five times.David Burliuk, Japanese Fisherman, 1921.The thing that surprised me the most, as I was aware of the author s suicide at the age of forty five, was the uplifting, idealistic optimism I found in this book, which turned out to be perfect for the stressful time Mishima s serene and elegant prose was like a soothing balm By the way, there was an extract on suicide, deploring it unequivocallyDouble suicide then Even on this island there had been lovers who took that solution But the boy s good sense repudiated the thought, and he told himself that those others had been selfish persons who thought only of themselves Never once had he thought about such a thing as dying and, above all, there was his family to supportWhat a pity the thought turned out to be impossible to repudiate by the author in 1970.Another aspect that truly amazed me was the seemingly effortless simplicity of The Sound of Waves and the minimalistic discipline The Vintage Classics cover, which I fell in love with at first sight, gives you an idea of what to expect I also liked the tiny drawings at the beginning of each chapter.The novel resembles a folk tale, structured according to a typical love story pattern a handsome boy, Shinji, who is a fisherman, meets a beautiful girl, Hatsue, a pearl fisher They fall in love and then bravely face some obstacles which make them prove that they deserve each other Shinji and Hatsue s respect for social traditions and the moral code, their courage and determination turned out to be the key to success.Shotei Takahashi, Awabi Pearl Fisher, 1931.The predictability of Yukio Mishima s novel made me think of the thesis of Vladimir Propp, a Russian scholar, that all folk tales are built on the basis of a homogeneous pattern On the material of 100 stories with different plots, he distinguished the components of the folk tale and created a classification based on function You will find some of them in The Sound of Waves, albeit Mishima s novel is purely realistic, there are no magic elements there Mishima deals with universal truths but the novel is set in very concrete time and place in contemporary Japan, on a tiny island called Uta jima Song Island the inspiration was a real island, Kami shima in Ise Bay I enjoyed the local colour, the descriptions of the villagers, their homes, customs, clothes, food, relationships The existence of Shinji and Hatsue, their families and friends, is based on the sea It feeds the villagers, gives them almost everything they need not only work but also aesthetic pleasure No wonder in some languages, for example in Italian, there is only one letter difference between the words sea mare and mother madreThe sea it only brings the good and right things that the island needs and keeps the good and right things we already have here In spite of appearances, the life on Uta jima is not carefree history stretched its claws to this remote place also Shinji s father was killed during the World War II like many other local men, people struggle with poverty, worry about the disturbing news of the war in Korea.Kami shima Source Although the plot steadily follows the classic love story plot pattern, the dynamics of the novel is based on the sea, the way the waves change from placid and undisturbed, regular and peacefulas though the sea were breathing in healthy slumberto stormy ones, typhoon included They are like an accompaniment to the characters emotions and desiresThe boy felt a consummate accord between himself and this opulence of nature that surrounded him He inhaled deeply, and it was as though a part of the unseen something that constitutes nature had permeated the core of his being He heard the sound of the waves striking the shore, and it was as though the surging of his young blood was keeping time with the movement of the sea s great tidesThe waves may also symbolize the passing of time and transience of our yearnings.Despite the foreseeability of the plot, another problem that bothered me was the explicit, clear cut moral of the story, given on a tray, highlighted by Terukichi s explanation Frankly speaking, I prefer to be givenindependence by the author It seems to me that a pinch of ambiguity would have made this novel even better The Sound of Waves truly mesmerized me and after having read the last sentence I felt like telling the author see you soon , not goodbye I already know that this novel is not typical for Yukio Mishima but I just can t wait to explore his other works And I have a strong feeling that the best is yet to comeTorii Kotondo , Combing the Hair, 1933


  7. Liz* Fashionably Late Liz* Fashionably Late says:

    Kinda BR with Lau and Shii PBut the strange way in which love can torture the heart with desire was no longer a novel thing for himMishima was a peculiar author and his uniqueness is reflected in Shinji and Hatsue s love story You can expect Mishima s commitment to the island with detailed, aesthetic descriptions just as much as to breasts and tanning Star crossed lovers are often fated and forced to chose between life and love so I thought I knew what to expect from The Sound of Waves Kinda BR with Lau and Shii PBut the strange way in which love can torture the heart with desire was no longer a novel thing for himMishima was a peculiar author and his uniqueness is reflected in Shinji and Hatsue s love story You can expect Mishima s commitment to the island with detailed, aesthetic descriptions just as much as to breasts and tanning Star crossed lovers are often fated and forced to chose between life and love so I thought I knew what to expect from The Sound of Waves What I was not expecting was to fall in love with the islanders Mishima illustrates the daily life of the diving women, the men relaxing at the bath house and the meetings of the Young Men s Association with such an ease Every single chapter is a little piece of a beautiful picture perfectly painted.Shinji s transformation from a shy kid to a brave, confident young man and his pure love towards Hatsue are the highlights of this story With unpretentious charm, The Sound of Waves is a simple yet entrancing thingPlease, please don t give up hope please keep on fighting


  8. Cheryl Cheryl says:

    Clearly, breasts fascinated Mishima Now that we ve established this or rather he did through a couple of scenes and descriptions This is a story that embraces modern sexuality and teenage angst, a love story involving a young fisherman, Shinji, and a rich man s daughter named Hatsue Where there is love, there is rivalry, for Shinji must deal with another boy who feels entitled to Hatsue As a result, conflict and gossip ensues and though deeply in love, Shinji and Hatsue find themselves cons Clearly, breasts fascinated Mishima Now that we ve established this or rather he did through a couple of scenes and descriptions This is a story that embraces modern sexuality and teenage angst, a love story involving a young fisherman, Shinji, and a rich man s daughter named Hatsue Where there is love, there is rivalry, for Shinji must deal with another boy who feels entitled to Hatsue As a result, conflict and gossip ensues and though deeply in love, Shinji and Hatsue find themselves constrained by the dating rules of their village Set within the small fishing village of Uta jima, there are lots of intricacies about the fishing life to be admired octopus fishing, seaweed diving, and .Even with Mishima s occasional bobble with metaphoric language, stylistically, this is a novel to be admired The imagery is affected by simple phrasing, the sense of longing and desire designed artfully through tone I could feel Shinji s yearning to be with Hatsue and vice versa Could feel the desperation and self loathe of Chiyoko, the young girl who had always thought of herself as ugly and invisible The simplicity of ordinary life is captured so beautifully here Even though you re reading about a small village where the most heightened activities include boats heading out in the mornings and returning in the evenings, and women going diving, it is still fulfilling This examination of innocent love and the male female dynamics is effective most likely because of the way Mishima balances the imagery of the sea, with the youthful tone of the novel Get to the characters though, and you know that Mishima wants you to think a certain way about each character He is not bashful in his descriptions some are brusque and even slightly comical It is apparent that this is a short novel with a lot to say, and yet it does so in only a few words It is a novel about naivet , yet it is written with informed grace, with quite a few thematic undertones smartly interlaced through story and setting The ending though heh


  9. Gabrielle Gabrielle says:

    More like 4 and a half stars.My introduction to Yukio Mishima s work a couple of years ago left a lasting impression the prose, even translated, was intoxicating, the characters tragically real and the setting perfectly captured A friend especially recommended I read The Sound of Waves next This is a short book that contains a familiar story coming of age and falling in love for the first time We never really get tired of writing and reading about that, do we But you ll find no tired cli More like 4 and a half stars.My introduction to Yukio Mishima s work a couple of years ago left a lasting impression the prose, even translated, was intoxicating, the characters tragically real and the setting perfectly captured A friend especially recommended I read The Sound of Waves next This is a short book that contains a familiar story coming of age and falling in love for the first time We never really get tired of writing and reading about that, do we But you ll find no tired clich s here, despite the timelessness of the plot Just as in Spring Snow , what could have been an easy tale of young love has muchgoing on below the surface than you might think There is something incredibly romantic to me about the setting a small, isolated island surrounded by the beauty of the ocean they say the world s most beautiful sunsets are to be seen in Japan , where life is rough but simple, and has followed the pace set by the fishing seasons with a certain indifference towards the modernization of the rest of the country I probably wouldn t want to live there is real life, but it s nice to imagine that such places exist and to escape there for a few hours between the pages of a book.I know that Mishima was going for something very different, though he longed for the idealized past of his country, before it opened to the West, before the War, and remote places such as Uta Jima probably seemed to him like relics of his Japan The people who leave this idyllic little fishing village come back spoiled by city life, corrupt in their actions as where those who stay behind seem to remain innocent, their hearts untarnished by the big bad world out there It s a na ve view, but it infuses this story with a certain fairy tale flavor that s hard to resist.Shinji is a young fisherman, who lives with his mother and younger brother on a small, remote island in post WWII Japan His life is simple and he is content with his routine, until Hatsue, the daughter of the island s wealthiest man, comes back to live with her father But life in a small town means that everyone knows about everyone else s business, so when he and the young pearl diver fall in love, malicious gossip will try to drive them apart But Shinji s devotion is stronger than any spiteful attempt to separate him from Hatsue.The juxtaposition of the strength and purity of the feelings experienced by Shinji and Hatsue and the descriptions of the fragile houses and huts, the threadbare clothes worn by everyone and the grueling work they must do, with the sea always in the background, is a lyrical and powerful blend The 200 pages go by in a wink Mishima s simple but incredibly graceful prose describes innocent love so well, but it also makes Chiyoko s feelings just as vivid and painful to witness.I will be looking fornovels by Mishima his stories seem to always linger in my mind long after I ve turned the last page, the way only great books do


  10. Loretta Loretta says:

    This was an endearing book about how a boy meets a girl It reminded me of Romeo and Juliet a bit although with a much happier ending This was an endearing book about how a boy meets a girl It reminded me of Romeo and Juliet a bit although with a much happier ending


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