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on 30 March 2017
Not as accessible as some of Mishima's work, but a great novel, serious in substance, psychologically penetrating and articulated in the author's exquisite, refined style.
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on 16 August 2008
A complex and endearing account of a criminal in post-war Japan, Mishima's novel plays on the trial of the crime of the real criminal and shows deeper meaning in his evident love of the nation which was to come out later in his own tumultuous life. Philosophically challenging, a must-read.
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on 24 October 1998
To put it simply, this book is by far the best book I have ever read. The authors use of language and imagery makes the book so engrossing that you can't close the covers until you reach the end. The characters life is one of the most intiguing lives that have been written about by a modern author. This is the work of a true genius. Anything Mishima writes is truly beautiful, and this is his most beautiful book.
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on 28 July 2010
A fabulously unconventional novel, written in exquisite language. Creates many vivid impressions, takes you from tears to laughter, and is startlingly modern in many ways. Unforgettable.
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