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The Sailor who Fell from Grace with the Sea (Paperback)
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The Sailor who Fell from Grace with the Sea (Paperback)

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Paperback 144 Pages / Published: 11/03/1999
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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.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780099284796
Number of pages: 144
Weight: 106 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 8 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Mishima's greatest novel, and one of the greatest of the past century * The Times *
Explores the viciousness that lies beneath what we imagine to be innocence * Independent *
Told with Mishima's fierce attention to naturalistic detail, the grisly tale becomes painfully convincing and yields a richness of psychological and mythic truth * Sunday Times *
Coolly exact with his characters and their honourable motives. His aim is to make the destruction of the sailor by his love seem as inevitable as the ocean * Guardian *
Mishima's imagery is as artful as a Japanese flower arrangement * New York Times *

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“The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea”

On the face of it this seems to be a fairly simple story of a man, a woman and her rather troubled young son. But then you look a bit deeper and it has something else, below the surface, although I couldn't say... More

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