The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea

The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea

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by Yukio Mishima
     
 

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Yukio Mishima’s The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With the Sea explores the vicious nature of youth that is sometimes mistaken for innocence.
 
Thirteen-year-old Noboru is a member of a gang of highly philosophical teenage boys who reject the tenets of the adult world — to them, adult life is illusory, hypocritical, and

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Yukio Mishima’s The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With the Sea explores the vicious nature of youth that is sometimes mistaken for innocence.
 
Thirteen-year-old Noboru is a member of a gang of highly philosophical teenage boys who reject the tenets of the adult world — to them, adult life is illusory, hypocritical, and sentimental. When Noboru’s widowed mother is romanced by Ryuji, a sailor, Noboru is thrilled. He idolizes this rugged man of the sea as a hero. But his admiration soon turns to hatred, as Ryuji forsakes life onboard the ship for marriage, rejecting everything Noboru holds sacred. Upset and appalled, he and his friends respond to this apparent betrayal with a terrible ferocity.

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 “Brilliant in the conciseness of its narrative.”
The Nation
 
“A major work of art.”
Time
 
“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:
9780679750154
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/28/1994
Series:
Vintage International Series
Edition description:
1st Vintage International Edition
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
124,294
Product dimensions:
5.13(w) x 7.98(h) x 0.53(d)
Lexile:
950L (what's this?)

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