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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poisonously elegant and beautifully evil, 22 Jun. 2000
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This review is from: Forbidden Colours (Paperback)
Japan's great novelist, Yukio Mishima it as the height of his formidable form in this magnificent book. A tale of revenge of Borgiaesque dimensions, it tells how an embittered old man uses a beautiful young man to revenge himself vicariously on the gender which he feels have ruined his life. It sounds appalling - and it is, but it is the magnificent elegance of the prose style and the superb poise of the narrative that makes it so delicious an experience. The inspiration for any number of pale imitations in any number of genres, "Forbidden Colours" is an important, unforgettable and brutally beautiful novel. Once you finish this, you will be a Mishima acolyte for life. Like you should be.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, 21 Jun. 2010
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A hauntingly brutal story where the currency of human obsession is exploited within an almost Shakespearean construction. The translation of the prose renders gorgeous, poetic passages that require second readings. Occasionally, my lack of understanding of the intricacies of Japanese society left me questioning motives of central characters, but this did not prevent me from thoroughly enjoying this fabulous, sumptuously distasteful, intriguing novel. Highly recommended. A Mishima convert!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not the easiest to read book. The female characters ..., 2 Feb. 2015
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Not the easiest to read book. The female characters and their treatment and characterizations had me wincing a bit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 7 July 2014
This review is from: Forbidden Colours (Penguin Modern Classics) (Paperback)
Arrived as stated and very happy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 26 Sept. 2014
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Forbidden Colours (Penguin Modern Classics) by Yukio Mishima (Paperback - 2 Oct. 2008)
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