The Sea of Fertility

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Spring Snow

Read 14/02/2015-22/02/2015

Rating: 4 stars

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Runaway Horses

Read 22/02/2015-28/02/2015

Rating: 3 stars

The Temple of Dawn

Read 15/04/2015-19/04/2015

Rating: 3 stars

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The Decay of the Angel

Read 29/07/2015

Rating: 2 stars

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Reading Yukio Mishima’s Sea of Fertility tetralogy was a big undertaking. I started off trying to read each one consecutively, but after Runaway Horses it was too much, too depressing. It isn’t the most edifying of book series I’ve ever read. As someone who loves Japan and is intrigued by Japanese history and culture, though, I wanted to read it. Mishima is, for me, the dark to Sōseki’s light. I felt like I needed to hear from someone whose political viewpoint is anathema to me, especially as Japan, like Britain, seems to be growing more conservative in the face of economic contraction. I wanted to see whether Mishima’s perspective was valid. Continue reading