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REVIEW 春の雪 Haru no Yuki î PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ↠ ❮Reading❯ ➻ 春の雪 Haru no Yuki ➳ Author Yukio Mishima – An austere love story probably my favourite of his novels David Mitchell IndependentTokyo 1912 The closed world of the ancient aristocracy is beiAn austere love story probably my favourite of his novels David Mitchell IndependentTokyo The closed world of the ancient aristocracy is being breached for the first time by outsiders rich provincial families a new and po. Mishima 1925 1970 was a classic Japanese author He was a fierce anti communist who led a band of rebels trying to restore the Emperor He committed ritual suicide when the plot failed His best known work is a tetralogy The Sea of Fertility of which this book is the first volume Class divisions and changing values in Japan due to western influence aree major themes The main character is the son of a very wealthy family How wealthy They have 40 servants and the boy doesn’t know all their names even though some of them who have worked there for years The family lives in a multi house compound which includes a western style home in which they entertain and occasionally have western meals The boy’s own room is in a Japanese style house but it’s decorated with western furniture His mother often dresses and wears her hair in western style And yet he has a friend at school whose family he feels is ‘western in outlook’ than his despite their family’s lack of western trappings in furniture food and dress The boy is very good looking dreamy melancholy lazy and ambition less He’s bright but he figures he’ll get into a university for rich kids because he’s not wasting time studying for exams to get into an academically prestigious school He’s 18 when the story opens The end of the Russo Japanese War 7 years ago is a key backdrop to the story So we know it’s around 1912 So the boy’s family has money but it’s not one of Japan’s traditional 28 noble families like the one next door So his father creates an alliance between those two families and the boy spends much time at the neighboring residence absorbing the noble ambiance His father supplies the money; the other family supplies the prestigeThe plot revolves around a love story between this boy and the daughter of the neighboring household They have known each other all their lives and she has loved him since they were children But his feelings toward her are on again off again; he mistreats her and pretends he doesn’t care for her Finally she gives up on him and becomes engaged to a son of a noble family actually a member of the Emperor’s household At this point she’s is 21; he’s 19 and after the engagement has been approved by the Emperor himself finally he decides he loves her and begins to pursue her They begin a sexual relationship and she becomes pregnant If word of any of this gets out it would be the euivalent of a national scandal When the boy’s father learns what is going on after spending his whole life ass kissing the emperor and the nobles to say he is apoplectic is putting it mildly Never having lifted a hand to his son before he beats him with a pool cueThe difficult romance gives the author a chance to discuss the theme of ‘the light of reason vs the darkness of passions’ There’s also uite a bit of discussion about Buddhism and reincarnation But we know all this can only end in tragedy His friend counsels him that he is throwing his life away almost as if he wants to commit suicide There is good writing such as this passage that I liked “On a warm spring day a galloping horse was only too clearly a sweating animal of flesh and blood But a horse racing through a snowstorm became one with the very elements; wrapped in the whirling blast of the north wind the beast embodied the icy breath of winter”It's a good story I don’t know if it entices me to read the whole tetralogy but the second volume is the series Runaway Horses is eually highly rated as Spring Snow The other two are The temple of Dawn and The Decay of the Angel Probably the author’s best known work in English is not part of the tetralogy it’s The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea Photo of the Great Buddha of Kamakura featured in the novel from onmarkproductionscomPhoto of the newly restored Marunouchi Building part of the Shimbasi railroad station featured in the novel Photo of the author from Goodreads

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His feelings for the exuisite spirited Sakoto When Sakoto is engaged to a royal 春の雪 Haru PDF or prince Kiyoaki realises the magnitude of his passionCover illustration Anne Crone based on Evening Snow by Ando Hiroshi. It is hard to put words to the beauty and melancholy that Mishima pours into this first of his great tetralogy The symbolism the imagery the characters everything here is drawn with a fine pencil and eye for detail The characters reappear in the following books but not as you might expect This is one of the great monuments of Japanese literature in the 20th C my other favourite is Soseki's I am a Cat and it is truly a pleasure to read and savour

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春の雪 Haru no YukiWerful political eliteKiyoaki has been raised among the elegant Ayakura family members of the waning aristocracy but he is not one of them Coming of age he is caught up in the tensions between old and new and confused by. “Spring Snow” is volume one of Yukio Mishima’s tetralogy ‘The Sea of Fertility” When the book opens the year is 1912 and the setting Meiji Japan which has given way to Taisho democracy an environment is that of a fading Japanese aristocracy resigned to accept into its midst the creep of a westernization of it’s culture Adolescent law student Shigekuni Honda is an impassive friend to Kiyoaki Matsugae a baron's son of distant samurai descent Honda's future seems preordained Kiyoaki is a dreamer who is gripped by the sense that life's slippery fineness is running through his fingers and away from him second by second He longs to chase the impossible to ‘bend the world’ into the shape of his idealsKiyoaki's desires eventually encounter the beautiful Satoko Ayakura Although they have been friends since early childhood they have grown into a mutual indifference of each other When Satoko gets engaged to a prince Kiyoaki is suddenly consumed by an inspired passion for her and the two fall into an illicit affair that proves the undoing of them both She get pregnant and then gets an abortion Honda accepts the job of go between for the lovers but can only watch as Satoko renounces the world and exiles herself to a remote wintry nunnery Kiyoaki drives himself to pneumonia in a hopeless effort to retrieve her Dying clutching Honda's hand Kiyoaki murmurs that they will meet again someday ‘beneath the falls’ Although it sounds a bit melodramatic in truth the book is amazingly well written with subtleties implications and conseuences of environment both human and cultural that cause the reader to marvel at Yukio Mishima’s abilities A master at workThe closest euivalent I could suggest for compaison is the love story of ‘Romeo an Juliet’ also a story of star crossed lovers The story is filled with symbolism imagery and melancholy This Knopf hardcover edition was printed in 1972 and is the first American Edition issued as part of a set of all four books The cycle consisting ofVol 1 Spring Snow Vol 2 Runaway HorsesVol 3 The Temple Of DawnVol 4 Five Signs Of A Gods DecayThe series which Mishima began writing in 1964 and which was his final work is usually thought of as his masterpiece Mishima's ritualistic suicide in 1970 will always overshadow his work