The Temple of the Golden Pavilion

The Temple of the Golden Pavilion

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by Yukio Mishima, Fumi Komatsu
     
 

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Because of the boyhood trauma of seeing his mother make love to another man in the presence of his dying father, Mizoguchi becomes a hopeless stutterer. Taunted by his schoolmates, he feels utterly alone until he becomes an acolyte at a famous temple in Kyoto. He quickly becomes obsessed with the beauty of the temple. Even when tempted by a friend into exploring

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Because of the boyhood trauma of seeing his mother make love to another man in the presence of his dying father, Mizoguchi becomes a hopeless stutterer. Taunted by his schoolmates, he feels utterly alone until he becomes an acolyte at a famous temple in Kyoto. He quickly becomes obsessed with the beauty of the temple. Even when tempted by a friend into exploring the geisha district, he cannot escape its image. In the novel's soaring climax, he tries desperately to free himself from his fixation.

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"Beautifully translated... Mishima re-erects Kyoto, plain and mountain, monastery, temple, town, as Victor Hugo made Paris out of Notre Dame."

— The Nation

"An amazing literary feat in its minute delineation of a neurotic personality."

— Chicago Tribune

Translated from the Japanese by Ivan Morris

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679752707
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/28/1994
Series:
Vintage International Series
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
238,038
Product dimensions:
5.15(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Yukio Mishima was born in Tokyo, Japan, in 1925. One of Japan’s most acclaimed and well-known authors of the 20th century, his works include The Sailor who Fell from Grace with the Sea, The Sound of Waves, and the Sea of Fertility tetralogy (Spring Snow, Runaway Horses, The Temple of Dawn, and The Decay of the Angel). He died in 1970.

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The Temple of the Golden Pavilion 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you haven't yet read Mishima, this would be a good starting point this book gives a good introduction to Mishima's themes (death, beauty, youth, nihilism) and is much more accessible than the Sea of Fertility tetralogy. The darkness and sharpness of Mishima's vision is present here in the study of an acolyte's incerasingly detached internal world. The translation is beautiful and Mishima's writing talent, especially his knack for analogies, shines through. This hardcover edition has a nice print and is definitely worth the extra few bucks over the paperback.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like to read the best modern Japanese literature, you should choose this book. The theme is heavy and you may feel kind of depressed... but it has a beautiful ending. Knowing the fact that Mishima committed HARAKIRI suicide in his real life might help you to taste this story.
2_Many_Movies More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite Yukio Mishima book, I've read almost everything he wrote that has been translated into English, this story has many elements; the ideas of friendship, love, physical handicap, betrayal, death. This is a serious book and very rewarding to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
reminds me of yugioh.
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Loaded with typos. Find a different edition.
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