"The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With the Sea" tells of a band of savage thirteen-year-old boys who reject the adult world as illusory, hypocritical, and sentimental, and train themselves in a brutal callousness they call 'ojectivity'. When the mother of one of them begins an affair with a ship's officer, he and his friends idealize the man at first; but it is not long before they conclude that he is in fact soft and romantic. They regard their disappointment in him as an act of betrayal on his part and react violently.
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"Mishima's greatest novel, and one of the greatest of the past century, The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea, is a sinuous courtship dance with the dark gentleman" ( Independent)
"recommended for its local atmosphere, exquisitely wrapped, like literary sushi, in a fable of dangerous passion'" (Linda Inoki Financial Times)
"A full-blooded eroticism shimmers upon the surface of Mishima's 1965 novel like twilight upon the sea. And like the sea, there are hidden depths to this novel. Its clarity and conciseness only act to make the hints of voyeurism and incest that spice Mishima's tale all the more daring'" ( Sunday Herald)
" 'The Sailor who Fell from Grace with the Sea is perhaps the most concise and perfectly formed expression of Mishima's themes...the novel captures the violent and distorted death of beliefs past their time" ( The Times)
"Mishima's greatest novel, and one of the greatest of the past century" ( The Times)
"Explores the viciousness that lies beneath what we imagine to be innocence" ( Independent)
"Told with Mishima's fierce attention to naturalistic detail, the grisly tale becomes painfully convincing and yields a richness of psychological and mythic truth" ( Sunday Times)
"Coolly exact with his characters and their honourable motives. His aim is to make the destruction of the sailor by his love seem as inevitable as the ocean" ( Guardian)
"Mishima's imagery is as artful as a Japanese flower arrangement" ( New York Times)
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Book Description Penguin, London, 1976. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Later Edition. As New. Bookseller Inventory # 502086
Book Description Vintage, 2006. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110099492695
Book Description Vintage. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0099492695 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW6.1036355