Spring Snow (Sea of Fertility #1)

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Yukio Mishima?s Spring Snow is the first novel in his masterful tetralogy, The Sea of Fertility. Here we meet Shigekuni Honda, who narrates this epic tale of what he believes are the successive reincarnations of his friend, Kiyoaki Matsugae.
 
It is 1912 in Tokyo, and the hermetic world of the ancient aristocracy is being breached for the first time by outsiders ? rich provincial families unburdened by tradition, whose money and vitality ...

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Overview

Yukio Mishima’s Spring Snow is the first novel in his masterful tetralogy, The Sea of Fertility. Here we meet Shigekuni Honda, who narrates this epic tale of what he believes are the successive reincarnations of his friend, Kiyoaki Matsugae.
 
It is 1912 in Tokyo, and the hermetic world of the ancient aristocracy is being breached for the first time by outsiders — rich provincial families unburdened by tradition, whose money and vitality make them formidable contenders for social and political power. Shigekuni Honda, an aspiring lawyer and his childhood friend, Kiyoaki Matsugae, are the sons of two such families. As they come of age amidst the growing tensions between old and new, Kiyoaki is plagued by his simultaneous love for and loathing of the spirited young woman Ayakura Satoko. But Kiyoaki’s true feelings only become apparent when her sudden engagement to a royal prince shows him the magnitude of his passion — and leads to a love affair both doomed and inevitable.

A love story set in Tokyo in 1912, when the supremacy-of the ancient aristocracy is being challenged for the first time by rich provincial families.

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“Perfect beauty. . . . A classic of Japanese literature.”
Chicago Sun-Times
 
“Mishima was one of literature's great romantics, a tragedian with a heroic sensibility, an intellectual, an esthete, a man steeped in Western letters who toward the end of his life became a militant Japanese nationalist.”
—Jay McInerney, The New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679722410
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/28/1990
  • Series: Sea of Fertility Series , #1
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 198,399
  • Lexile: 1160L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.15 (w) x 8.04 (h) x 0.70 (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 January 13, 2006

    A masterpiece

    Beautiful. Elegant. Heart-wrenching. Lovely in its simplicity. The other reviewers have touched on each of these things, and rightly so. The novel develops at a perfectly gentle pace, allowing for the characters to be completely fleshed out and three-dimensional. Every action in this book, while not necessarily agreeable, seem natural and realistic. A wonderful portrait of the Japanese mentalité in a time of great change and conflicting ideologies, 'Spring Snow' finds the core of humanity and illustrates it accordingly. A truly marvelous work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2000

    Wonderful. . . .

    The book was beautifully written. The author's creative use of imagery and colorful characters intensified this surprising story even more. As someone who has grown to appreciate the work of Japanese novelists, I highly encourage everyone to take interest in this particular book. The writing is presented as simple yet the story contributes an elegant quality that makes it easy for the reader to understand and appreciate what the writer is trying to convey.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2007

    The Worst Book Ever

    I was pretty excited when I first bought this book for school. Little did I know that I would be appalled once reading it!! It was an absolutely terribly written book! I gave it to my friend to get her opinion and we are in complete agreement that this is the WORST book we have ever read!

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