Spring snow or Haru no Yuki in Japanese is Mishima's 1969 novel. The first in his tetralogy known as the Sea of fertility, and extremely late in his writing career. The story is about Kiyoaki Matsugae and his friend Shigekuni Honda. Kiyoaki is the son of an aristocrat which comes from a Samurai family, his … Continue reading The sea of fertility by Yukio Mishima, book review
'On marriage and family life' is a small book which is a collection of Saint John Chrysostom's (349-407AD) Homilies on marriage. It contains a basic introduction to John's life and the Theology and Ethics behind Christian marriage. This introduction is evidently American, and written by someone who still hasn't fully escaped the post-Enlightenment culture of … Continue reading On marriage and family life by St John Chrysostom, book review
'Acts of Worship: Seven stories' is a collection of short stories by Yukio Mishima. The seven stories go from 1946-65, so are wide in their scope of his writing career. These seven stories are Fountains in the rain, Raisin bread, Sword, Sea and sunset, Cigarette, Martyrdom and Act of worship. This collection is named after … Continue reading Acts of Worship: Seven stories by Yukio Mishima, book review
Thirst for love or Ai no Kawaki in Japanese, is Yukio Mishima's 1950 novel. This is extremely early in his writing career. This is his second major novel, the first being Confessions of a mask. Etsuko is a widow who lives with her father-in-law Yakichi in the Sugimoto household, after her husband passed away from … Continue reading Thirst for love by Yukio Mishima, book review.
Of Water & the Spirit: A Liturgical study of Baptism by Alexander Schmemann is a Christian book which seeks to bring back the traditional meaning of Baptism by explaining it and its liturgical elements. He traces its origins as a Christian ceremony of re-creation which would be primarily performed and celebrated on Pascha (Easter). The … Continue reading Of Water & the Spirit by Alexander Schmemann, book review
The Decay of the Angel or Tennin no Gosui in Japanese is Mishima’s 1970 novel. The forth and final in his tetralogy known as the Sea of fertility, and extremely late in his writing career, this is his last book before his suicide. This story follows Honda in his old age, and Toru who is a sixteen year … Continue reading The Decay of the Angel by Yukio Mishima, book review
The Temple of Dawn or Akatsuki no Tera in Japanese is Mishima’s 1970 novel. The third in his tetralogy known as the Sea of fertility, and extremely late in his writing career. This novel follows Honda once again, and the mad Siamese princess Chantrapa who believes that she is the reincarnation of a Japanese man and wants to be … Continue reading The Temple of Dawn by Yukio Mishima, book review