The Temple of the Golden Pavilion
Publish date: 2010-02-28
Pages no: 258
Edition language: English
, Historical Fiction
, 20th Century
, Asian Literature
, Japanese Literature
This is my second book by Mishima. My first was the Sound of the Waves which is a simple love story, and basically a Novella. This is very different. The Temple of the Golden Pavillion is transgressive literature and very good. It is apparently based on real events. The story concerns a young Buddhi...
“To be sure, there are times when the reality of the outer world seems to be waiting for me, folding its arms as it were, while I was struggling to free myself. But the reality that is waiting for me is not a fresh reality. When finally I reach the outer world after all my efforts, all that I find i...
This is the kind of book which makes me feel very very stupid, because I found it utterly impenetrable. Wonderful, but completely mystifying.
I enjoyed this book for the descriptive writing and the evocation of place that the author created. I particularly liked the night scene where the narrator, Mizoguchi, follows Uiko. The passage where he walks to the Sea of Japan from Maizuru was also very well done.However... I did not really unders...
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