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春の雪 Haru no Yuki Characters Ç 102 ô An austere love story probably my favourite of his novels David Mitchell IndependentTokyo 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 eliteKiyoaki has been raised among the elegant Ayakura famNew and powerful political eliteKiyoaki 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 a. A brilliant first salvo in the Sea of Fertility tetralogy setting up uestions of reincarnation cultural continuity and faith while working as a stand alone novel I'm curious to continue my journey through these books they are an odd mixture of the researched nostalgia of the Ferrante series and the self sufficient decade spanning approach of the Rabbits or the Zuckermans I always enjoy reading Mishima but the gentleness and freuent Austenian humor of Spring Snow surprised me It's a love story a hate story simple in its conceit a 19 year old man drives away a woman two years older then realizes he may love her once she's engaged but full of Mishima floruishes dead animals lengthy Mann like discourses on Buddhism turbulent longing constant risk of death Most interesting perhaps is the fact that the book's supporting character Honda is barely in the action yet will take on the mantle of the series going forward Ambitious and a pleasure It's also a brilliantly researched look at the practices and customs of 1910s Japan

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Nd confused by his feelings for the exuisite spirited Sakoto When Sakoto is engaged to a royal prince Kiyoaki realises the magnitude of his passionCover illustration Anne Crone based on Evening Snow by Ando Hiroshige. 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

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春の雪 Haru no YukiAn austere love story probably my favourite of his novels David Mitchell IndependentTokyo 1912 The closed world of the ancient aristocracy is being breached for the first time by outsiders rich provincial families a. 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'état With a few friends he overpowered the commandant of the Ichigaya Camp — the Tokyo headuarters of the Eastern Command of Japan's Self Defense Forces and tied the commandant to a chair Mishima then stepped onto a balcony outside the commandant's office and gave an impassioned speech to the government troops to join his cause He was jeered and mocked off the balcony He returned to the commandant's office and committed seppuku a ritual suicide The friend he had chosen to slice his head from his body at the end of the ritual could not complete his responsibilities and another friend stepped in to end his pain Mishima had been planning his suicide for almost a year For those with a gruesome bent you can find pictures of his severed head on the internet Mishima was only 45 on November 25th 1970 He had been a successful actor kendo master and of course writer Mishima wrote 40 novels 18 plays 20 books of short stories and at least 20 books of essays one libretto as well as one film Like Fitzgerald he dashed off a lot of work for uick cash but even if those inferior works are discarded he still had an impressive body of work for a man who died so young He had just finished the final volume in The Sea of Fertility tetralogy of which Spring Snow is the first before his suicide Spring Snow is a novel of pride misplaced loyalty blackmail intrigue lust selfishness sacrifice and misery It is the story of star crossed lovers steadfast friends political mishaps and conniving servants The setting is 1912 Tokyo in the inner circle of imperial court Our hero is Kiyoaki who was born so beautiful he stirred the blood of women from 8 to 80 He was a young man of 19 whom women wanted and men wanted to be like Those people too enad with him soon found themselves rebuffed Honda a fellow classmate of Kiyoaki observed this tendency and modified his approach to Kiyoaki forsaking fawning for aloofness He knew only too well how Kiyoaki reserved his keenest displeasure for any excessive show of friendship Now his name is HONDA not HONDO It must be the fact that Hondo was one of my favorite John Wayne movies when I was a kid combined with the fact that I really liked Honda by far my favorite character in the book that I kept changing his name in my head to Hondo Kiyoaki as a young lad of 13 was asked to participate in a ritual ceremony that brought him in close proximity to the princess He missteps and disrupts the trail of her ermine coat Princess Kasuga's lavish use of French perfume extended to her train and its fragrance overpowered the musky odor of incense Some way down the corridor Kiyoaki stumbled for a moment inadvertently tugging at the train The princess turned her head slightly and as a sign that she was not at all annoyed smiled gently at the youthful offender Her gesture went unnoticed; body perfectly erect in that fractional turn she had allowed Kiyoaki a glimpse of a corner of her mouth At that moment a single wisp of hair slipped over her clear white cheek and out of the fine drawn corner of an eye a smile flashed in a spark of black fire But the pure line of her nose did not move It as as if nothing had happenedthis fleeting angle of the Princess's face too slight to be called a profile made Kiyoaki feel as if he had seen a rainbow flicker for a bare instant through a prism of pure crystal This scene stays with Kiyoaki for the rest of his life He considered it one of the most defining moments of his life which makes it all the inexplicable why it takes him so long to realize the extraordinary beauty of his life time friend Satoko Only after his friends at school see her and react extravagantly to her charms does Kiyoaki for the first time see her as a woman and not as an annoying child She is acerbic sarcastic intelligent and head over heels in love with Kiyoaki Her wit and his pride contribute to the continued cross purposes of their relationship Honda proves himself time and time again helping Kiyoaki with insane plans to get unsupervised time with Satoko He rejects her and then wants her than ever His own heart seemed to him to be much like an arrow stripped of the flashing white feathers that gave it directionThe minor characters provide twisty plot turns that add inspiring flavor to the plot Jaw dropping unexpected moments of blackmail with a dash of spicy intrigue keep the pages turning even when the main characters are off the stage Beautiful descriptive passages bits of Zen and an ending that Shakespeare would certainly approve of lead me to say HIGHLY RECOMMENDED