This time its marriage.
It's a solid novel about two opposite getting hitched. One is a super old school politician with a stick up his ass; the other is self-made, free spirited women. Obviously, they're fucked from the get go, and the novel revolves around this disintegration against the b Just about everything Mishima writes will grip you. Obviously, they're fucked from the get go, and the novel revolves around this disintegration against the background of a campaign. I don't care much for Japanese politics but was drawn by the fascinating characters and psychological introspection. The book is written in the second-person through the wife, Kazu.
It's amazing how well Mishima portrayed the inner working of her mind. She's the kind of person who can't help playing with fire in a matchstick house. Compared to his works, Mishima does go a lot easier on politicians and corruption. I kept waiting for something hardcore to happen but it just wasn't there. Also there's a little too much "tell" versus "show.
Although, his scenery descriptions are a work of art. In this regard, Mishima rivals descriptive masters such as Tolkien and Frank Herbert. After the Banquet is pretty good, but watered down when held next to his books. When I finish a Mishima novel, I expect be emotionally scared for the rest of the month. Sep 30, Lisabet Sarai rated it it was ok. However, the book felt stiff and artificial to me, though the prose is artful and the imagery compelling. Another possible problem is my lack of knowledge about social structures in post-war Japan, which play an important role in the plot.
Kazu is a fascinating and complicated character, but I never really felt I understood her. I watched her from a distance, as she made mistake after mistake in her pursuit of love and respectability. Indeed, it may be that respectability is the stronger motivation for her-we only discover gradually that she had a very humble background and a rather sordid youth.
Somehow I felt her accomplishments in creating her wonderful restaurant should have been enough to convince her of her own worth. I found her behavior surprisingly lacking in self-awareness. I didn't hate this book, but I have to say I was disappointed.
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Oct 11, Jude rated it liked it Shelves: fiction. It is the third book by Mishima I have read so far and I still enjoy his writing very much. I enjoyed the first part of the book a lot. Reading about this very independant woman, Kazu and how she opens her heart to Mr. Nogucho was beautiful. However, when politics came into play, I wasn't as enthusiastic. Politics here are only an excuse to talk about marriage, about life and death. Becaus yes, Kazu is obsessed with death. Where will she rest when she dies? Why are these all people always speakin It is the third book by Mishima I have read so far and I still enjoy his writing very much.
Why are these all people always speaking about the past? Where did their energy went? But as Kazu and Mr. Noguchi try to share some time together, it is obvious that they have a too different kind of life. While Noguchi would like to enjoy a settled kind of life, Kazu is all about being very active, meeting people, doing things all the time.
Maybe I am too young for now to enjoy this tale of life and death and would appreciate it much better when I am the age of Kazu. For now, it was a pleasure to read, thanks to Mishima's beautiful writing but the topic was not my favorite. Apr 01, Kumi rated it it was amazing. My image about the author as a young student was an extremist and Rightist who committed suicide in public, and I was never interested in his books before.
Having read my first book by him, however, I must admit that my image of him was built all based on misunderstanding and prejudice. His language and expressions blew my mind. It's vivid but not aggressive, subtle but strong. And it is filled with h My image about the author as a young student was an extremist and Rightist who committed suicide in public, and I was never interested in his books before. And it is filled with his aesthetic consciousness but also struggles and dilemmas he was facing in his life.
Thanks god you are in the right. Yukio Mishima Yukio Mishima was born in in Tokyo, and is considered one of the Japan's most important writers. Create a Want BookSleuth Can't remember the title or the author of a book? On one hand, he drew on the first-person confessional style familiar in Japanese literature since the time of the court diaries of the late Heian period right up to the works of such earlier twentieth century modern Japanese. Thank you for signing up to the Penguin Newsletter.
I hope the English version of the book faithfully translates the beauty of Mishima's language and ideology. Apr 18, Philippa Mary rated it liked it. I enjoyed it - I enjoyed the descriptions of the characters and think the book contains an interesting look into human nature. I enjoyed the look into politics and ambition. It was also interesting to see this deceptively complex woman forge her way through a sexist society this was written in the 60s.
Although the characters are interesting, I didn't particularly like any of them and I didn't feel particularly captivated by the story. It was good but n 3. It was good but not amazing for me. I would be interested to try out more by the author though. Sep 10, Jeffrey Bumiller rated it really liked it. This is my first Mishima. I know that there are a few others that maybe would have been better to start with but I found a copy of this that I really loved. In After the Banquet Mishima adeptly tells the story of an older couple and how their love and marriage are affected by political ambition.
The writing reminded me of Richard Yates at times. I really enjoyed After the Banquet and look forward to more Mishima in my life. Oct 08, Tosh rated it it was amazing. A Yukio Mishima classic about the backroom deals in Business and culture that is also a great and classic look how Japanese culture does what it does.
But filtered via the eyes of Mishima. The novel follows a loop where Kazu lives happily with her position at the Setsugoan, believing that she has learned everything in life, leaves to pursue a life with Noguchi in politics, and then returns to the Setsugoan with experience. It is a perfect novel on its own but I did not like it, largely because of Kazu. As much as I enjoy her physical description, I cannot enjoy her fervor in her actions, her willy-nillness to marry Noguchi and put mortgages on the Setsugoan.
The other central character, Noguchi, is also not likeable. Although he shares congenial attributes with me of knowledge and appearing as himself in politics, his constant rebukes of Kazu and domestic abuse of her detract from this. His revernt manner in managing Kazu and Noguchi, while maintaining professional, is superb, something that I was most likely attracted to since I did not like Kazu or Noguchi.
His letter to Kazu at the end demonstrates his aloofness to the dangers of being ruined by politics, and I admire him even more for that. I am always amazed at the way Mishima constructs novels but sadly this one did not resonate with me.
The elderly couple and the scenarios they are placed in are not to my liking. The only point that I felt invested in the narrative was when Kazu began to campaign using loudspeakers, but that quickly fell off after she was blackmailed and lost confidence. Notes Chapter One: I don't like Kazu so far.
Too vivacious and thinks she knows it all. I am starting to read chapter four and I am enjoying Noguchi. He is very indiscreet about his opinions, which serve as a foil to Kazu. However, the plot is bland up to this point. Been bored with their married life but now Noguchi is planning to run for an office. This is interesting. The display of politics in a work by Mishima this early?
I like this direction.
And back to disliking Kazu for manipulating people to like her husband through her flattery. Yet I still pity how her husband has forced her now to sell the Setsugoan and how obedient she is. A fascinating and enjoyable story of the coquettishly formidable and indomitably spirited Kazu, a proprietress of a popular post-WWII Japanese restaurant, and her search for love, meaning, and self-actualization.
This rather gripping story revolves around an election campaign, fought and lost by a mismatched couple. Terrified at the prospect of spending eternity in an untended grave, since she has no family, Kazu decides to marry Noguchi, whose ethics and intellectual sophistication deeply impress her, unfortunately not to the p This rather gripping story revolves around an election campaign, fought and lost by a mismatched couple.
Terrified at the prospect of spending eternity in an untended grave, since she has no family, Kazu decides to marry Noguchi, whose ethics and intellectual sophistication deeply impress her, unfortunately not to the point of encouraging her to emulate him. Born at the bottom of the social ladder, Kazu realizes she has used men to get where she is, and also sees her marriage as a way to make amends. When Noguchi lets his friends from the Reformist Party persuade him to stand for election, Kazu throws all her resources into securing his victory.
While her dedication impresses Noguchi's campaign manager, it is clear that in fact Kazu has her own agenda and is once again using a man to achieve a higher level of social respectability. Flaunting all election laws, Kazu starts campaigning early, and mortgages her restaurant behind Noguchi's back.