Mishima's Sword is packed with facts about Japan - its blood soaked history, subtle culture and rich literature. The narrative proceeds as a quest to try to discover what became of the sword used in beheading the novelist and playwright Yukio Mishima in 1970 during his spectacular suicide. On the way you learn about Mishima's odd upbringing and weird way of life and his unique ideas and about the thinking of the samurai in feudal times and what, if anything, of their system of beliefs has survived into the modern age. I found the account of swordmaking interesting and Ross's autobiographical fragments bizarre and hilarious. This is a one off book. I have never read anything quite like it.
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