The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea

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A band of savage thirteen-year-old boys who reject the adult world as illusory, hypocritical, and sentimental, and train themselves in a brutal callousness they call 'objectivity.'
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Overview

A band of savage thirteen-year-old boys who reject the adult world as illusory, hypocritical, and sentimental, and train themselves in a brutal callousness they call 'objectivity.'
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Editorial Reviews

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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399504891
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/1981
  • Series: The Perigee Japanese Library
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.44 (w) x 8.02 (h) x 0.53 (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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2011

    Very Good

    See above!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2005

    Quick, Interesting Read

    I've never read a book like this before. It's beautifully written and has a dark, twisted side to it. I definately recommend reading it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2000

    Misfit Children Find a Place

    In this compelling yet violent book by Yukio Mishima, 13 year old boys who have yet to find a nische, create their own. Not only was this book interesting, creative and dramatically drawing to the reader, but it opened up a door into the mind of a massachistic thirteen year old boy. it draws the attention of readers through a maze of events, and a never ending story line.

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