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Spring Snow By Yukio Mishima Michael Gallagher Spring Snow Tokyo The closed world of the ancient aristocracy is being breached for the first time by outsiders rich provincial families a new and powerful political and social elite Kiyoaki has been raise

  • Title: Spring Snow
  • Author: Yukio Mishima Michael Gallagher
  • ISBN: 9780099282990
  • Page: 357
  • Format: Paperback
  • Spring Snow By Yukio Mishima Michael Gallagher Tokyo, 1912 The closed world of the ancient aristocracy is being breached for the first time by outsiders rich provincial families, a new and powerful political and social elite.Kiyoaki has been raised among the elegant Ayakura family members of the waning aristocracy but he is not one of them Coming of age, he is caught up in the tensions between old and new, andTokyo, 1912 The closed world of the ancient aristocracy is being breached for the first time by outsiders rich provincial families, a new and powerful political and social elite.Kiyoaki has been raised among the elegant Ayakura family members of the waning aristocracy but he is not one of them Coming of age, he is caught up in the tensions between old and new, and his feelings for the exquisite, spirited Satoko, observed from the sidelines by his devoted friend Honda When Satoko is engaged to a royal prince, Kiyoaki realises the magnitude of his passion.
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    1. Jeffrey Keeten on said:

      Yukio Mishima felt the Japanese government needed to return to a system based on the samurai code He was descended from samarais and believed that this code, advocating complete command of one s body and soul combined with a complete loyalty to the emperor, was necessary for Japan to return to prominence He formed his own army in 1970 and attempted a coup d tat With a few friends he overpowered the commandant of the Ichigaya Camp the Tokyo headquarters of the Eastern Command of Japan s Self Defe [...]

    2. William1 on said:

      Set near Tokyo in 1912 In Spring Snow Kiyoaki Matsugae is sent as a child be raised on the estate of a Count where he learns all the worst habits of a decadent court He is slothful, he preens in the knowledge of his superior looks When 18 years of age he is so self involved the familiar disaffectedness of many Mishima protagonists that even when kissing the woman who loves him he thinks only of how he feels He s an affected asshole who takes a conscious pleasure in cruelty.This was further proo [...]

    3. B0nnie on said:

      Mishima, like other great writers, has a way of implanting memories in our heads, echoes of other lives How this magic happens is a mystery but when it does, you feel somehow denser inside, solid Spring Snow left me with that feeling, of having increased my gravity and weight, with the lyrical descriptions, history, characters, ceremonies, letters, political intrigue, birds and emerald rings and emerald snakes, and silk kimonos, and At its heart, this is a doomed love story, about two beautifu [...]

    4. Michael Finocchiaro on said:

      It is hard to put words to the beauty and melancholy that Mishima pours into this first of his great tetralogy The symbolism, the imagery, the characters everything here is drawn with a fine pencil and eye for detail The characters reappear in the following books but not as you might expect This is one of the great monuments of Japanese literature in the 20th C my other favourite is Soseki s I am a Cat and it is truly a pleasure to read and savour.

    5. Jr Bacdayan on said:

      A book can be either of two things a key to open locked doors which lead to unique experiences we have not encountered or are impossible for us to attain while the other is a mirror to show us who we are or remind us of ourselves and the past we have not forgotten One stirs excitement, the other nostalgia This time it took the shape of the latter The book served as a mirror to me, reminding me of a befuddled young man blind to the workings of his heart, prone to exaggerating the simple nuances i [...]

    6. Tristan on said:

      Oddly enough, living only for one s emotions, like a flag obedient to the breeze, demands a way of life that makes one balk at the natural course of events, for this implies being altogether subservient to nature The life of the emotions detests all constraints, whatever their origin, and thus, ironically enough, is apt eventually to fetter its own instinctive sense of freedom Yukio Mishima, Spring SnowAfter finishing this supreme piece of fiction the first of the tetralogy The Sea of Fertility [...]

    7. [P] on said:

      Has there ever been a stranger novelist than Yukio Mishima On the one hand, he was a body building Nationalist, who advocated bushido, the samurai code he also, as many know, committed seppuku, which is a ritual form of suicide involving disembowelling and beheading You don t, it is fair to say, get that kind of thing with Julian Barnes and Karl Ove Knausgaard.On the other hand, Mishima was undeniably a cultured man, who spoke English and dressed in the English fashion he was a bisexual who acte [...]

    8. Ahmad Sharabiani on said:

      Haru no Yuki Spring Snow The Sea of Fertility, Book 1 , Yukio MishimaSpring Snow Haru no Yuki is a novel by Yukio Mishima, the first in his Sea of Fertility tetralogy It was published serially in Shinch from 1965 to 1967, and then in book form in 1969 The novel is set in the early years of the Taish period with the reign of the Emperor Taish , and is about the relationship between Kiyoaki Matsugae, the son of a rising nouveau riche family, and Satoko Ayakura, the daughter of an aristocratic fami [...]

    9. Ryan on said:

      Once you start reading Mishima, and becoming absorbed with his characters, you are caught in a web that resembles the web he reveals his own characters are enmeshed in His characters are so tragic, yet so ordinary so privileged, yet so doomed so foolish, yet so much introspective than you Spring Snow was one of the best books I have ever read Mishima is like a surgeon the tip of his needle or scalpel so fine, so pointed, that he can isolate the most fleeting, awkward, and yet noble emotion, ges [...]

    10. Bettie☯ on said:

      Description Tokyo, 1912 The closed world of the ancient aristocracy is being breached for the first time by outsiders rich provincial families, a new and powerful political and social elite.Kiyoaki has been raised among the elegant Ayakura family members of the waning aristocracy but he is not one of them Coming of age, he is caught up in the tensions between old and new, and his feelings for the exquisite, spirited Satoko, observed from the sidelines by his devoted friend Honda When Satoko is e [...]

    11. Joel Palma on said:

      Hands down, my favorite Japanese novel to date I can only but sigh finishing reading this masterpiece by Yukio Mishima I am much overwhelmed by this beautifully poignant book that will surely tugs the heart of any reader.So gorgeously written that demands to be read slow not because one is intimidated to do so but it is such a beauty to relish every word written, I call it the Mishima magic and, indeed, Proustian in its rendition as universal and constant as the waves of the sea, the introspecti [...]

    12. Hakan on said:

      bahar karlar , japonya n n yirminci y zy l n anlatan bereket denizi d rtlemesinin ilk roman 1912 y l nda ba l yor 45 y ll k imparator meiji d neminin bitti i, geleneksel de erlere ba l soylulara kar yeni bir zengin s n f n n y kseldi i, bat l la man n h z kazand bir d nem bu d nemi bir a k hikayesi etraf nda okuyoruz ve fakat herhangi bir tarihi roman okuma deneyiminden farkl bir taraf var bu okuman n roman n yazar mi ima n n bat l la maya kar radikal muhalefet y r tt n ve bereket denizi d rtlem [...]

    13. brian on said:

      the first in mishima s tetralogy and, so far, the best i m in the middle of the third on its own, Spring Snow is easily one of the most tender love stories i ve read but it cannot be considered on its own as honda watches a friend reincarnated several times over the span of several novels, it all adds up to even than the sum of its extraordinary parts in the USA, this d play out as gimmick in japan shinto, buddhism, etc it is the assumption an exploration of history, the philosophy of history, [...]

    14. Cem on said:

      Benim i in muhte em bir deneyimdi Japon k lt r ,gen li i,e itim,aristokrasi,kraliyet gibi konularda y zeysel de olsa bilgi edindim Ancak unu s ylemem laz m Bu bilgiler ya ay tarzlar na,e itime,k lt re dair olmasa da roman kendinden ok az ey kaybederdi yle duru, yle ak c , yle do al bir tarz yakalanm ki,ancak okuyup g r lebilir,tarifle olmaz Zaten istesem de tarif edemem,edebiyat bilirki isi de ilim.Di er taraftan roman n kendi do al ak zaten Japon k lt r ne dair ipu lar sunuyor,ayr ca tarihi ile [...]

    15. Deniz Balcı on said:

      Ba yap t Uzun zamand r okurken bu kadar etkilendi im bir kitap hat rlam yorum Yukio Mi ima benim i in en zel yazarlardan bir tanesi O y zden eserleri yava a ve zerinde ok d nerek okumay seviyorum Buna ra men tekrar okumak i in yerinmeyece im isimlerin ba nda geliyor Kawabata n n lirizmi Japon Edebiyat n n zirvesi gibi lans edilse de bence Japon Edebiyat n n zirvesi Mi ima d r lk kitap Bahar Karlar ndan anlad m zere de, yazar nda en iyi i leri olarak g rd Bereket Denizi D rtlemesi, bu zirvenin te [...]

    16. Burak on said:

      yazantasurinchi Deniz, oturdu u yerin birka ad m tesinde son buluyordu O geni , engin, g l deniz tam g zlerinin n nde bitiyordu Zaman ya da uzam i in hi bir ey bu kadar hu u verici bir s n r olu turamazd Kumlar n emdi i her dalgan n son kabar na, say s z y zy l a arak gelen bu b y k g c n son sald r s na bakarken insanda uyand rd g l duygulara a rd Hayat m boyunca y zlerce kez sahil k y s nda oturmu , say s z dalga g rm md r, asla dalgan n biti ine a raca m ve z lece im akl ma gelmezdi Bahar kar [...]

    17. Ailsa on said:

      Just as a stream returns to its normal course after a flood, Kiyoaki s predilection for suffering began to reassert itself At that moment she held an irresistible attraction for him it was the lure of the forbidden, the utterly unattainable, the proscribed He wanted her in this way and no other Set in Japan in 1912, after the Russo Japanese War Spring Snow captures a society in flux in startlingly crisp prose Beautiful, elegant, imposing, she was like a flower at its moment of perfection David M [...]

    18. Teresa on said:

      The most important and used word in this book of historical fiction has to be elegant and its variations And while the prose style itself is always elegant, the elegance of the ancient aristocracy is not always a good thing, as mostly it seems to be ineffective, even useless, for the situations the characters find themselves in Those with new money have the power, but the novelist seems to like them even less than he does the aristocrats Even so, all the characters are well rounded and multiface [...]

    19. Alex on said:

      This is a subtle, intelligent, sensitive, perceptive book But it s also a little boring.It has some spectacular moments Tadeshina is a terrific character in the mold of the nurse from Romeo Juliet, and her makeup is probably the best character in the book And there s a scene involving Kiyoaki s nipple that s terrifically gay This may have been one of those cases where it was the wrong book at the wrong time I wasn t prepared for something I had to immerse myself in at a Proustian level, but here [...]

    20. Zeynep Atakır on said:

      Aman allah m ne kadar g zeldi yle Bir ay sonra eklenmi not zellikle kitab okurken dinledi im m zikleri dinleyince g zlerim doluyor Ka ak Atlar midtermler bitti i saniyede okuyaca m.

    21. Meike on said:

      A love story that reflects the struggles within Japanese culture brought about by the westernization at the beginning of the 20th century Mishima, you re a genius On the surface, the content of the book could be summed up like this The young Kiyoaki, born into a family that has recently come to accumulate considerable wealth, grew up with Satoko, the daughter of an old aristocratic family struggling with monetary problems It is only when Satoko gets engaged to an Imperial prince that Kiyoaki rea [...]

    22. Matthew on said:

      This book is, in my opinion, without a doubt, the greatest love story ever told I don t care what you think about any of the classics, anything you ve read before, be it Austen or Shakespeare or the Greeks The poetic brilliance and tragic self destruction of love in this book chills me Even in translation, this piece was the bane of my existence for the length of time I spent reading it a fair amount for it s length of 400 pages Mishima is one of the few authors I ve read recently who astounds m [...]

    23. Hengtee on said:

      Spring Snow starts at a slow pace The book takes its time introducing you to the gravity of its characters, and the careful relationships between each, and it s only after building this interweaving world of a precariously balanced harmony, that Mishima spins that world out of control with a simple love affair, and the ensuing chaos.What I enjoyed most about Spring Snow was following how each character responds to their universe spinning wildly out of control some by trying desperately to recrea [...]

    24. T4ncr3d1 on said:

      Non sarebbe magnifico se si potesse saldamente unire l essenza del proprio animo casto con quella del mondo Non equivarrebbe forse a stringere tra le mani la chiave segreta del mondo Primo episodio della tetralogia Il mare della fertilit , ultima opera e forse capolavoro di Mishima, questo romanzo, scritto nel 1969, e ambientato all inizio del secolo, si presenta ben ricco di tutte le tematiche tipiche dell autore.Yukio Mishima noto per i conflitti interiori dalla molteplice natura oltre alla so [...]

    25. Steven on said:

      The only thing that seemed valid to him was to live for the emotions gratuitous and unstable, dying only to quicken again, dwindling and flaring without direction or purpose 15 I approached Mishima at perhaps an unusual angle, reading first his novel Confessions of a Mask, followed by a collection of his N Plays and then his stories I now thought it was time to read Spring Snow, the first book in his The Sea of Fertility tetralogy upon completion of which, on 25 November, 1970, Mishima committed [...]

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