The sailor who fell from grace with the sea by Yukio Mishima, book review

The sailor who fell from grace with the sea or Gogo no Eiko in Japanese, is Yukio Mishima's 1963 novel. It is very late in his career that he wrote this. The story is about a widow called Fusako and her thirteen year old son called Noboru. Noboru had recently escaped from the house so … Continue reading The sailor who fell from grace with the sea by Yukio Mishima, book review

The sound of waves by Yukio Mishima, book review

The sound of waves or Shiosai in Japanese is Yukio Mishima's 1954 novel. It starts with a brief description of the island called Uta-jima, it then moves to a remote fishing village where a young boy is returning from his fishing for the day. He is wearing his dead father's trousers and a cheap jumper, … Continue reading The sound of waves by Yukio Mishima, book review

Death in midsummer and other stories by Yukio Mishima, book review

Death in midsummer and other stories by Yukio Mishima (1925-70) is a collection of the Japanese author's short stories. Some are relatively early in his career (Death in midsummer, 1953), and some are from much later in his career (Patriotism, 1966). Because of this the stories offer a wide scope of his writing ability and … Continue reading Death in midsummer and other stories by Yukio Mishima, book review

The life and death of Yukio Mishima by Henry Scott Stokes, book review

This biography about the life and death of Yukio Mishima is written by his personal friend Henry Scott Stokes. Henry was a writer and had came into contact with Mishima, personally visited and been invited by Mishima himself for visits, holidays and house visits. In the introduction Henry explains how he came into contact with … Continue reading The life and death of Yukio Mishima by Henry Scott Stokes, book review

Confessions of a mask by Yukio Mishima, book review

Yukio Mishima is a dark and mysterious character in modern Japanese history. He was born pre-world war II and wrote in post-war Japan, he was unhappy with its changing face and its throwing away of its tradition after the defeat by the US. The book 'Confessions of a mask' is semi-autobiographical (or at least it … Continue reading Confessions of a mask by Yukio Mishima, book review

The Shining by Stephen King, book review

A brilliant novel that really draws you in. What I particularly¬†like¬†about this book is how King builds the character of Jack. Jack is not just a bad man, or a man who is flawed, but deeply troubled, as well as actually quite a sympathetic character who clearly adores his sometimes overly weak wife and his … Continue reading The Shining by Stephen King, book review