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

Conversations of Socrates by Xenophon, book review 

Other than Plato's work, this is the other main source for the man Socrates and his philosophy. This book contains four books about Socrates, which is the complete works of Xenophon on the subject of Socrates. The first book is Socrates' Defence which is what he did and said before his execution, it is far … Continue reading Conversations of Socrates by Xenophon, book review 

The rise of Enoch Powell: An examination of Enoch Powell’s attitude to immigration and race by Paul Foot, book review

This book is made out of four chapters so I will break down each chapter. Chapter 1 is called 'Grand Imperialist to little Englander' and is essentially a list to letters by Enoch Powell and MPs, and news articles, and Paul Foot uses these to suggest Enoch Powell was dishonest and a hypocrite. The author's entire … Continue reading The rise of Enoch Powell: An examination of Enoch Powell’s attitude to immigration and race by Paul Foot, book review