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Entries Tagged as 'Japanese'

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

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

Synopsis: 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 [...]

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"An Artist of the Floating World", Kazuo Ishiguro

June 11th, 2009 · No Comments · Asian, English, Japanese, Literature, Under-Rated

Synopsis: An aging painter contemplates his life as an artist of the ‘floating world’ (‘Ukiyo‘) of Tokyo’s pleasure seeking districts and struggles to come to terms with his place in post-war Japan.  Sometimes hindsight doesn’t come with 20/20 vision. My Take: As you may have guessed by now, I have a real peccadillo for Japanese [...]

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"Confessions of a Mask", Yukio Mishima

May 26th, 2009 · No Comments · Asian, Japanese, Literature

Synopsis: The (presumably auto-biographical) story of a young gay boy trying to fit into Japanese society. My Take: Mishima is one of those authors (like Solzenitzen or Hemmingway) whose work is made even richer by their his extraordinary personal life. A militant Japanese ultra-conservative (fascist really) martial arts aficionado, Mishima isn’t your usual suspect for [...]

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