A band of savage thirteen-year-old boys reject the adult world as illusory, hypocritical, and sentimental, and train themselves in a brutal callousness they call 'objectivity'. When the mother of one of them begins an affair with a ship's officer, he and his friends idealise the man at first; but it is not long before they conclude that he is in fact soft and romantic. They regard this disallusionment as an act of betrayal on his part - and the retribution is deliberate and horrifying.
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"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 Books Ltd, 1970. Paperback. Book Condition: New. New impression. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0140028668
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