Runaway Horses (Sea of Fertility #2)

Runaway Horses (Sea of Fertility #2)

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by Yukio Mishima
     
 

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Yukio Mishima’s Runaway Horses is the second novel in his masterful tetralogy, The Sea of Fertility. Again we encounter Shigekuni Honda, who narrates this epic tale of what he believes are the successive reincarnations of his childhood friend Kiyoaki Matsugae.
 
In 1932, Shigeuki Honda has become a judge in Osaka. 

Overview

Yukio Mishima’s Runaway Horses is the second novel in his masterful tetralogy, The Sea of Fertility. Again we encounter Shigekuni Honda, who narrates this epic tale of what he believes are the successive reincarnations of his childhood friend Kiyoaki Matsugae.
 
In 1932, Shigeuki Honda has become a judge in Osaka.  Convinced that a young rightist revolutionary, Isao, is the reincarnation of his friend Kiyoaki, Honda commits himself to saving the youth from an untimely death. Isao, driven to patriotic fanaticism by a father who instilled in him the ethos of the ancient samurai, organizes a violent plot against the new industrialists who he believes are usurping the Emperor’s rightful power and threatening the very integrity of the nation. Runaway Horses is the chronicle of a conspiracy — a novel about the roots and nature of Japanese fanaticism in the years that led to war.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“A modern masterpiece.”
The Baltimore Sun
 
“Mishima is like Stendhal in his precise psychological analyses, like Dostoevsky in his explorations of darkly destructive personalities.”
Christian Science Monitor

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679722403
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/28/1990
Series:
Vintage International Series, #2
Edition description:
1st Vintage International ed
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
500,432
Product dimensions:
5.16(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.73(d)

Meet the Author

Yukio Mishima was born in Tokyo in 1925. He graduated from Tokyo Imperial University’s School of Jurisprudence in 1947. His first published book, The Forest in Full Bloom, appeared in 1944 and he established himself as a major author with Confessions of a Mask (1949). From then until his death he continued to publish novels, short stories, and plays each year. His crowning achievement, The Sea of Fertility tetralogy—which contains the novels Spring Snow (1969), Runaway Horses (1969), The Temple of Dawn (1970), and The Decay of the Angel (1971)—is considered one of the definitive works of twentieth century Japanese fiction. In 1970, at the age of 45 and the day after completing the last novel in the Fertility series, Mishima committed seppuku (ritual suicide)—a spectacular death that attracted worldwide attention.

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Runaway Horses (Sea of Fertility #2) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anger flared in the young she-cat's eyes. "You think I want Velvetstar dead?" She unsheathed her claws.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The grey she-cat's ears perked at the clapping thunder but when a wave of heat hit. She knew something was wrong. Fawnstep bolted out of camp to see Stormbird racing the fire. Her eyes wide in dismay, "Stormbird!" She called, we have to get everyone out of camp. But something was wrong, "Where is Spiritnight?" She asked as he got closer. She could see the white's of his eyes peeking at her. "Where is she?" She demanded again, her claws unsheathed and digging into the earth below. When he still didn't respond, she felt dizzy. Get a hold of yourself. "Do you know where she is?" She repeated, bracing herself for his answer. Dear Starclan help us!~ Terrified Fawnstep
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ye im on eastern time)) he nodded and stretched his tired muscles
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The white cat watched the teaming river with quick amber orbs. She wadded into the river, just up to her chest, and snapped onto a large fish. She lifted her head out of the water proudly and waited for her catch to stop moving. Once it did so, she sat it on the edge of the river. With a contented sigh, her eyes closed a bit and she shook off droplets of water violently, spraying it everywhere. She did love the water, and hunting. So what was better than hunting in the water?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just make sure the wind is carrying your scent away from te prey so it doesnt smell you before you try to pounce on it.....got it so far?
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Mishima is the master at revealing the psychological underpinnings of his characters through very discreetly written yet fully comprehensive dialogue. The characters not only talk to themselves, but talk to the heavens in their yearning and plea to break free of the constraints of worldly bounds. His major topics of love, beauty and reflections on existence speak like two major intellectual minds while their words are the same that we would use speaking to our own friends. (Though our thoughts may not border on the same ideas, we all express the same things in our own ways.) Knowing Mishima's story and his life adds deeply to the understanding of his characters and stories. This novel, particularly the young man's choice at the end and the treatment of the main character and his relationship with that young man is truly remarkable. Overall, a book that I would recommend and read over and over and over.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The small skinney apprentice ran through deciding to be a loner the black cat scraped out a small nest out of leaves and dry moss under a hazle bush by the river and curls up shiveing against the cold~Hollypaw
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
(Im back so sorry fr being inactive)-daisyflame
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She stalks through the undergrowth, remembering when Velvetstar got caught in a flood here. 'In fact, I think Leafpaw and Cloudedpaw were born here,' she thinks. But the scent of robin pushes the thought aside and she looks up to see a robin feeding chicks in a nest. 'Okay, don't mess up,' she thinks as she claws her way up the tree. Once above the nest, she leaps down into it, instantly killing the chicks. She slashes at the mother and breaks its neck, and she picks all of them up in her jaws and tries climbing down the tree. On the ground, she thinks, 'Amazing. You didn't fall from the tree this time,' as she heads back toward camp.