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The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With The Sea (Vinta&hellip by Yukio Mishima
11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Essence of Mishima in one very artful, very imaginative short novel, published in 1963, about a boy who observes a handsome young sailor's relationship with his widowed mother as a betrayal of a vision of man's mystical connection with the infinite mystery of the sea. As a member of a group of nihilistic delinquents, young Noboru plots a terrible revenge when the sailor does something as banal and "unmanly" as settling down and getting married. Mishima's homo-erotic and convoluted philosophy about man's duty to the heroic absolute is at root amoral and anti-humanist, and at times not far from a kind of fascism (and let's face it, Mishima's kinky militarism had fascist overtones)… Read more
Seasons Of The Heart by Alan Spence
Seasons Of The Heart by Alan Spence
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Clear your head and fortify your soul with Scots writer Alan Spence's radiant little collection of technically daring and impeccable haiku poems, simultaneously charting the year's changes and the shifts in emotional weather that we are all subject to. Time will tell, but it looks set to join the very small club of artistic creations (see also "Memoirs of a Geisha," "Madame Butterfly") that triumphantly bridge east and west. Spence has a deep appreciation of the Zen aesthetic, which is blended with the lightest touches of wit and sometimes-mordant irony that is peculiarly Scottish.
the Zen garden/a crack in the wall/in exactly the right place
He has unerring… Read more
Waiting by Ha Jin
Waiting by Ha Jin
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The Peoples Republic of China may once have been chic to Western eyes, but it has never been sexy. The prudish, hectoring tone of its public discourse and the glassy blandness of its iconography meant that hanky panky of any kind was seen as a "reactionary" evil, swept away along with opium smoking, landlordism and foot binding. Somehow the Chinese population kept rising, but there was no room for public sensuality. The comrades' hatred of sex was, of course, entirely hypocritical. Eight or so years ago, Mao's doctor spilled the beans on the green-toothed Chairman's own sordid appetites. It suggested that far from being all politics as was pretended, politics was something… Read more