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As the dramatic climax of The Sea of Fertility, The Decay of the Angel brings together the dominant themes of the three previous novels the meaning and decay of Japan s courtly tradition and samurai ideal the essence and value of Buddhist philosophy and aesthetics and, underlying all, Mishima s apocalyptic vision of the modern era, which saw the dissolution of the moral and cultural forces that throughout the ages nourished a people and a world The time is the late s Honda, now an aged and wealthy man, discovers and adopts a sixteen year old orphan, Toru, as his heir, identifying him with the tragic protagonists of the three previous novels, each of whom died at the age of twenty Honda raises and educates the boy, yet watches him, waiting The Decay of the Angel


About the Author: Yukio Mishima

Yukio Mishima was born in Tokyo in 1925 He graduated from Tokyo Imperial University s School of Jurisprudence in 1947 His first published book, The Forest in Full Bloom, appeared in 1944 and he established himself as a major author with Confessions of a Mask 1949 From then until his death he continued to publish novels, short stories, and plays each year His crowning achievement, the Sea of Fertility tetralogy which contains the novels Spring Snow 1969 , Runaway Horses 1969 , The Temple of Dawn 1970 , and The Decay of the Angel 1971 is considered one of the definitive works of twentieth century Japanese fiction In 1970, at the age of forty five and the day after completing the last novel in the Fertility series, Mishima committed seppuku ritual suicide a spectacular death that attracted worldwide attention.



10 thoughts on “The Decay of the Angel

  1. says:

    This is the fourth and final volume in Mishima s tetralogy, The Sea of Fertility Class divisions and changing values in Japan due to western influence are major themes Another theme all the way through the series is reincarnation In Decay of the Angel, the reincarnated spirit is an orphan He has a job helpin


  2. says:

    A strange, swift landing to the Sea of Fertility tetralogy, and a book that can t help but be altered by the fact that Mishima s strange, ritualistic suicide occurred the day after he handed it in, on the date on the last page of the mansucript There is a lot to like in this volume, which cleverly inverts the r


  3. says:

    What s this one about, do you suppose There is in all translations of Mishima s work I have read by a host of translators a fundamental woodeness or clunkiness of description, especially in his philosophical flights In Japan he is often referred to as a stylist with a penchant for archaic Japanese word forms So it


  4. says:

    Do you think that your hopes and those of someone else coincide, that your hopes can be smoothly realized for you by someone else People live for themselves and think only of themselves You whothan most think only of yourself have gone too far and let yourself be blinded You thought that history has its exceptions T


  5. says:

    To be as honest as possible, I must run the risk of not making any sense this is simultaneously my favorite and least favorite book in the series Parts of it were hugely gorgeous the prose was pure and had an almost cleansing aura to it, and I felt alive while reading it However, I wanted to strangle Mishima for writing


  6. says:

    Of all the books that I ve read so far, this has got to be the hardest book to review I feel like my love for this book stems mainly from certain aspects that have little to do with the book itself.As an admirer of Yukio Mishima, this book meant muchto me than any other novel of his, since it documented his last thoughts b


  7. says:

    Much like listening to Joy Division s Closer , there s an inescapable feeling of finality when reading the last novel of the quartet that goes beyond simply it being the last novel If you re at all interested in Mishima or the quartet, you re probably well aware that as soon as Mishima finished the novel, he went out, attempt


  8. says:

    An excellent ending to a most excellent and powerful series of four novels I m so sad to see it end, and I m sure I ll be feeling a bit empty for a while. to come


  9. says:

    How can an angel decay An angel in this context is not the haloed, winged messenger of the Christian deity In Buddhist cosmology, angels are celestial beings who live in the sixth realm of rebirth Those with good karma can be reborn there, and the pleasure and comfort it offers far exceed that of the human world However, this is no


  10. says:

    Just finished Decay of Angel I haven t even met the Angel yet still waiting for Spring Snow to arrive and he is already decayed This final novel of Mishimas is sparse but fascinating It is easy to imagine him deciding that he had had enough by the end of it There is so much weariness, so much pain, and so much bitterness too How well


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