Runaway Horses (Sea of Fertility #2)

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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.  Convinced that a young rightist revolutionary, Isao, is the reincarnation of his friend Kiyoaki, Honda commits himself to...

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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. 

The chronicle of a conspiracy, a novel about the roots and nature of Japanese fanaticism in the years that led to war.

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“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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679722403
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/28/1990
  • Series: Vintage International Series , #2
  • Edition description: 1st Vintage International ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 299,304
  • 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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    Posted October 3, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2013

    Hollypaw

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2013

    Daisyflame

    (Im back so sorry fr being inactive)-daisyflame

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2013

    Whispershade

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2013

    Dreamlily

    Dreamlily padded in, her ears pricked. Her small body trembled from the cold. What she needed to do was run: get the blood flowing. She took a deep breath and pelted to the sound of water, her paws skimming the ground. She leapt over logs and dodged rocks as she rocketed through the forest, but she was silent and nimble with her pawsteps. She saw a water vole lazily sitting by the edge, 'No point in stopping now' she thought as a burst of speed went through her. She cracked its neck making it go limp instantly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2013

    Amberspirit

    Anger flared in the young she-cat's eyes. "You think I want Velvetstar dead?" She unsheathed her claws.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2013

    Fawnstep

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2013

    Maplejay and Many others.

    The medcat rushed in, a grey and black and white patched shecat following. "Velveteyes!" Maplejay yelled. "Maplejay! Go back to camp, please. Mom, the rest of the clan can rescue her, you have to be at camp, yoyr the med cat, if you get caught, the clan will die and Velveteyes wont have anyone to take care of her when she gets back. Maplejay, please. Firebird would've of agreed." Jaywint ranted on and on. "Shut up." She said when she said Firebirds name. "Common." Jaywing rolled her eyes and grabbed Maplejays scruff, and since she was light enough, carried the glaring Maplejay home. Slightpaw and Owlleap had teamed up. Now the white and caramel brown warrior was tracking Velveteyes and the twoleg tracks while, the apprintice had a green gaze locked ahead an dher ears pricked, listening.

    •Maplejay•••
    ••Slightpaw••
    ~•Jaywing•~
    |•|Owlleap|•|

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2013

    Jaypaw

    Ye im on eastern time)) he nodded and stretched his tired muscles

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2013

    Matty to Wolfsun

    Your kidding me. You know they arent born yet righ?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2013

    Cedarstrike

    "Its just a sting. Lets go on back to camp and see Maplejay. You've done well today. "

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2013

    Wolfsun

    Heh my bad you can do it vwlvetstar. Though she looks weak feon the battering her leader took from the river.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2013

    Loudbelly

    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?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2013

    Birdstrike

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2013

    Velvetstar

    (Result 14)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2000

    The story of a young man, his rejection of everything his world has accepted

    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.

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    Posted June 1, 2010

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