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Mishima: The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea. pb

  • The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea.
  • Yukio Mishima.
  • Pb., 192 pages, 198 x 129 mm.
A band of savage thirteen-year-old boys reject the adult world as illusory, hypocritical, and sentimental, and train themselves in a brutal callousness they call 'objectivity'. When the mother of one of them begins an affair with a ship's officer, he and his friends idealise the man at first; but it is not long before they conclude that he is in fact soft and romantic. They regard this disallusionment as an act of betrayal on his part - and the retribution is deliberate and horrifying.
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