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  • Yukio Mishima
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  • 27 June 2020
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read 禁色 Kinjiki Yukio Mishima ✓ 3 summary 禁色 Kinjiki review × eBook or Kindle ePUB From one of Japan's greatest modern writers comes an exuisitely disturbing novel of sexual combat and concealed passion a work that distills beauty longing and loathing into an intoxicating poisoned cocktail An aging embittered novelist sets out to avenge himself on the women who have be. For those who don t know Yukio Mishima is one of Japan s most revered writers of the 20th century He committed suicide in 1970 that tragic and noble ritualistic way they have over there and he was probably gay though he was definitely married to a woman This novel is above all a harsh critiue of marriage Like Thomas Mann the story begins with an aged single famous writer Shunsuk at the beach gazing upon the impossibly beautiful body of a young male Yuichi much older than Mann s Tadzio Shunsuk has been hurt emotionally and like embittered by two previous women he was with and so he takes Yuichi under his proverbial wing as a kind of experimentYuichi is to marry a young woman but confesses that he can t ever love a woman He feels nothing for the sex as a whole Shunsuk tells him that women should be treated as stupid animals easily manipulated and tells him to go through with it for the sake of power and position Then throughout the rest of the novel Shunsuk basically uses Yuichi s good looks to get him to seduce and emotionally destroy the very women who emotionally destroyed himIt s clearly a pretty angry book At one point Yuichi is walking with one of his many lovers throughout the book and overhears a passing woman say something like Ugh gays He blows up to his companion Them Them Yuichi ground his teeth They who pay three hundred and fifty yen for a lunch hour together in a hotel bed and have their great love affair in the sight of heaven They who if all goes well build their rat s nest love nests They who sleepy eyed diligently multiply They who go out on Sundays with all their children to clearance sales at the department stores They who scheme out one or two stingy infidelities in their lifetimes They who always show off their healthy homes their healthy morality their common sense their self satisfaction Victory however is always on the side of the commonplace Yuichi knew that all the scorn he could muster could not combat their natural scorn 238So an angry book but a pretty wise one This is the most articulate version I ve read of the idea that a gay man s anger or hatred toward the heterosexual order is always limited by the fact that he came from such an order whereas a hetero can do everything possible to keep homosexuality out of his life all together making his hatred for it real powerful and thoroughThe copy on the back of my copy of the book is not so wise however It interprets Yuichi s situation as being drawn to homosexuality after a loveless marriage as though gay sex were some logical form of therapy which for some married men maybe it is Mishima somewhat addresses this pre gay rights homosexual dilletantism late in the book once Yuichi starts sleeping with Kawada who is some important financial workerThe homosexual of promise whoever he is is one who recognizes that certain manliness within himself and loves it and holds fast to it and the masculine virtue that Kawada recognized in himself was his ever ready nineteenth century predilection for diligence A strange trap for one to be in As in that long ago warlike time loving a woman was an effeminate act to Kawada any emotion that ran counter to his own masculine virtue seemed effeminate To samurai and homosexual the ugliest vice is femininity Even though their reasons for it differ the samurai and the homosexual do not see manliness as instinctive but rather as something gained only from moral effort The ruin Kawada felt was moral ruin The reason that he was an adherent of the Conservative party lay in its policy of protecting the things that should have been his enemies the established order and the family system based on heterosexual love 380Paging Larry Craig Mishima s narrator loves to butt in a lot like this with a grand sometimes smirking knowingness about his characters but it always felt companionable than intrusive All in all a pretty good novel though I imagine his better known books those without perhaps so strong a need to delineate their author s desired position somewhere between the code of the samurai and that of the homosexual are better readsOh and there s this incredible sentence Drunker than if he had drunk sak he was drunk on intoxication 222Yes The Goodbye Girl Vocal Selections revered writers of the 20th century He committed suicide in 1970 that tragic and noble Gunnin' For Love ritualistic way they have over there and he was probably gay though he was definitely married to a woman This novel is above all a harsh critiue of marriage Like Thomas Mann the story begins with an aged single famous writer Shunsuk at the beach gazing upon the impossibly beautiful body of a young male Yuichi much older than Mann s Tadzio Shunsuk has been hurt emotionally and like embittered by two previous women he was with and so he takes Yuichi under his proverbial wing as a kind of experimentYuichi is to marry a young woman but confesses that he can t ever love a woman He feels nothing for the sex as a whole Shunsuk tells him that women should be treated as stupid animals easily manipulated and tells him to go through with it for the sake of power and position Then throughout the MIA Hunter rest of the novel Shunsuk basically uses Yuichi s good looks to get him to seduce and emotionally destroy the very women who emotionally destroyed himIt s clearly a pretty angry book At one point Yuichi is walking with one of his many lovers throughout the book and overhears a passing woman say something like Ugh gays He blows up to his companion Them Them Yuichi ground his teeth They who pay three hundred and fifty yen for a lunch hour together in a hotel bed and have their great love affair in the sight of heaven They who if all goes well build their Overlords of Atlantis and the Great Pyramid rat s nest love nests They who sleepy eyed diligently multiply They who go out on Sundays with all their children to clearance sales at the department stores They who scheme out one or two stingy infidelities in their lifetimes They who always show off their healthy homes their healthy morality their common sense their self satisfaction Victory however is always on the side of the commonplace Yuichi knew that all the scorn he could muster could not combat their natural scorn 238So an angry book but a pretty wise one This is the most articulate version I ve Magic and Mayhem read of the idea that a gay man s anger or hatred toward the heterosexual order is always limited by the fact that he came from such an order whereas a hetero can do everything possible to keep homosexuality out of his life all together making his hatred for it Good bye real powerful and thoroughThe copy on the back of my copy of the book is not so wise however It interprets Yuichi s situation as being drawn to homosexuality after a loveless marriage as though gay sex were some logical form of therapy which for some married men maybe it is Mishima somewhat addresses this pre gay The Black Seminoles History of a Freedom Seeking People rights 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read 禁色 Kinjiki Yukio Mishima ✓ 3 summary 禁色 Kinjiki review × eBook or Kindle ePUB The gay underworld of postwar Japan In that hidden society of parks and tearooms prostitutes and aristocratic blackmailers Yuichi is as defenseless as any of the women he preys on Mordantly observed intellectually provocative and filled with icy eroticism Forbidden Colors is a masterpiec. Mishima lived his sm militaristic uber masculinegay fantasies In his 20s he bared his feelings in this troubling often astonishing novel where desire is an evil spirit to get drunk on Life as he sees it is a deceptive show in false face headlining nakedplayers in a series of tableaux depicting Beauty Sex Death And the show which spotlights lovelessness in Loveland must always go on

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read 禁色 Kinjiki Yukio Mishima ✓ 3 summary 禁色 Kinjiki review × eBook or Kindle ePUB Trayed him He finds the perfect instrument in Yuichi a young man whose beauty makes him irresistible to women but who is just discovering his attraction to other menAs Yuichi's mentor presses him into a loveless marriage and a series of eually loveless philanderings his protégé enters. An early Mishima novel that shows him at his most paradoxical The style is mannered at times realist at others It is highly referential to a specific post war Japanese culture half way between defeat and economic miracle and yet looks back to European decadent and classical literatureThere are two barriers to understanding here First we wonder whether the translator Alfred Marks has always been able to communicate the subtle behaviourial codes of an upper class that hovers between traditionalism and business Second Mishima s partly satirical posturing on art and beauty through the cynical bored and rather unpleasant novelist Shinsuke will result in some small moments of dreariness Few of us in the twenty first century can get truly excited by debates on lost aestheticsBut these are relatively minor concerns because Mishima brilliantly portrays the homosexual underworld of post war Tokyo in a culture that disapproves of it but as a social weakness than as a moral failing It is unnatural but not evil The mood is thus of turn of the century Europe rather than offering us the visceral horror of the deviant to be found in the then contemporary West and still to be found amongst many religious troglodytes in the Americas and Africa A sub culture is here denied entry into the wider culture on eual terms but it is allowed its dark space In that space homosexuals seem to live a vacant and sad but tolerated life albeit with than a hint of desperationMishima when he is not posturing as the superior Japanese traditionalist able to be modern than the moderns writes as brilliantly here as elsewhere He also has the ability to dissect formal heterosexual relationships as he does homosexual within a culture of shame rather than guiltThe character of Yuichi Yuchan to his homosexual associates often taken to be Mishima himself remains a cypher throughout a cool and self regarding person with a limited emotional rangeWhat is interesting is the way he impacts on others giving us the paradox of the cool Mishima being able to define uite precisely the emotional responses of a range of figures his wife his mother a high born female a shallow female and all grades of male loverAs a non procreative male the extent of Mishima s imaginative genius can be found not only in his portayal of women but in his unsentimental portrayal of a new born baby while giving a good account of the way that Yuichi as a man can love both wife and baby as a fatherThe book is about the complexity lack of fixedness of love Yuichi is detached but no psychopath He can feel but his position as the object of projected desires means that he is often not allowed to by circumstances If he weakens he may be denied access to his true nature for everThis is the fascination of the book to see how a pure beauty without apparent moral content creates a range of desires and wants in others within a society that is layered with codes on what is acceptable or is not acceptable wholly unlike our own in the WestIt is no accident that the sophisticated novelist with a broad education brings cruelties and small evils into the world of Yuichi whereas Yuichi merely acts like an animal according to his rather limited range of needs Shunsuke s desire for a vicious revenge on women shows a person who has ceased to function as a human being and has no place on the planet as a vindictive dessicated old man who has lost his creative sparkHis agent Yuichi is so detached that it becomes clear that the novelist is only half directing events The women he wants to humiliate are all humiliated through Yuichi but they retain their power and dignity and Shunsuke is left with nothingYuichi blithely sails through the events of the novel somehow always landing on his feet like a cat never feeling the pain he inflicts The book is an essay both in the injustice of life and on the Nietzschean position of a general object of desire in the worldAs a result although the actual sexual content is limited the book gives off an aura of eroticism even when the reader like myself is very dominantly heterosexual What Mishima does which is remarkable is suggest to the male heterosexual reader what parts of himself as a male would re emerge intact within a homosexual male in other words what it is about being a male that exists as essential whether one is gay or notTo make a heterosexual male empathetic to the world of the homosexual would be no mean feat today in the early 1950s it would have been startlingBut the book is not so much about homosexuality as about desire itself and the way that desire has a life that is far significant than any actual meaning to be placed in the desired object because in the end Yuichi is always simply an object who finds it reasonable to be an objectThere are few occasions when YuichiYuchan expresses genuine unhappiness so long as he is following his true nature His cruelty is casual the flow of the river through the easiest channel Shunsuke is malicious as are others but Yuchan is as disinterested in malice as in kindnessThis a morality not immorality is perhaps what will shock most readers especially in one particularly nasty incident where a somewhat shallow bimbo who had hurt the novelist is seduced by the two conspirators trickery into being in effect raped by the novelist in the darkThe women are treated like objects in a very different sense but there is a sense that the novelist has seduced Yuichi into treating women as things through being directed into the realisation that everyone treats him as a thing even if he does not care overlyAnd disturbingly we have none of the hysterical self traumatizing of Western women but only a determined dignity where the impression is left that these women have come to terms with their position with far dignity than the ultimate loser in the game the manipulative novelistThe book brings us the Westerner from a culture with a serious problem in managing desire into a medium Japanese traditional culture that is alienating to the degree that desire is clearly given form and that this form is then articulated in almost ritualistic waysBy the end of the book we are left wondering whether it would be better or worse to give desire its outlet through rigid codes and appropriate forms than as our culture did at that time deny it any role in formal society at allHomosexuality was illegal in the UK at the time the book appeared but being Japanese nothing is illegal here merely shameful Any English homosexual reading the translation at the time must have had mixed feelings about its message an acceptance and management of shame through combinations of secrecy hypocrisy and denial but the vice being permitted nevertheless He might have lived with that