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After The Banquet (Vintage Classics) Paperback – 11 Mar 1999

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Classics; New Ed edition (11 Mar. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 009928278X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099282785
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 364,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Kazu is the biggest and most profound thing Mishima has done so far in an already distinguished career" (New Yorker)

"His most novelistic work, with a degree of earthiness and warmth rare in his fiction" (New York Times)

"Japan's foremost man of letters" (Spectator)

"Direct yet allusive, poetic...an amazing feat" (Atlantic)

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An acute psychological portrait of a marriage where lofty traditions clash with appetite and ambition

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After the Banquet is probably Yukio Mishima's most readable book. This is largely because of his characterisation of the main character, Kazu. The well rounded Kazu seems very human, very warm. She has flaws, of course, but she is an entertaining person to read about.
The book follows Kazu, the owner of a successful restaurant, as she falls in love with a retired MP, and pushes him back into running for office for the left-wing party he defected to before his retirement.
She has to use a lot of her money to further his career, and the book is very revealing on the role of money in politics, as well as how dirty tricks are used, and other murky aspects of electoral campaigns.
Mishima was a right-winger, although you'd hardly tell that from this book. The only evidence you'll find of this is that the book was (partly) based on actual events, and he seems to be saying that the MP in question was a pawn of his wife. This MP sued Mishima and won, so it's doubtful his wife wore the trousers in real life - not legally speaking anyway!
However, the book, isn't particularly political. There is no overt discussion of political doctrine, and Mishima's personal politics don't come through because he favours story over doctrine, and this is for the better. It's a book about Kazu trying to achieve her goals, and focuses on her personality. Exposing her character often revolves around manners - there is a telling scene involving the buying of oranges as a present for another woman, to take one example.
I give this book a high mark for its humanity (it seems less calculated than the author's other works), its look at the Japanese political system of the time, and for Mishima's controlled, clear writing. It may seem to drag at certain points, but overall the book is well worth reading.
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The story is about relationships between people separated by class, education, politics and desire. It is also about our desire to be something other than we are. If you want a fast paced and detailed plot this is not for you. If you want beautiful writing and a gentle and engaging story you will hopefully enjoy this as much as I did.
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I have very much enjoyed this story about an effervescent and apparently self-sufficient 50 year old lady, Kazu, who owns a restaurant in a rich part of Tokyo. The meanderings of emotions and how they affect our choices and create our destiny, unbeknown to us, is what, perhaps, interested me in this novel the most. Sometimes I wished the male character in the story had been developed with as great a care as Kazu. But perhaps, that would have made the novel too long or altogether different. But generally, this is a stimulating and a thought-provoking book.
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i always enjoy a novel that leaves me reflecting upon emotions in relation to the cultural setting. this book is wonderful in the way the characters relate and try to grow within the confines of japanese society of the times.
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The author, Mishima, lived to an age of 45. I find it most remarkable that the author was only 35 years of age when he published this book. It is not usual for a person that young to capture the range of emotions differentiated by age as he manages to do, and do exceedingly well.
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