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 [...]
Entries Tagged as 'Japanese'
June 12th, 2009 · No Comments · Asian, Japanese, Literature
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 [...]
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 [...]