[Summary] 天人五衰 Tennin Gosui AUTHOR Yukio Mishima

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天人五衰 Tennin Gosui

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 philoso. 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 helping ships in port navigate to their docks Obviously it was pre ordained that Honda finds him since he encounters him by simply wandering around the port Honda the lawyer who is another main character through the four volumes He is now 76 years old but he adopts the young boy He does this even though if the pattern holds he knows the boy will die at age 20 A sub theme tied in with the reincarnation is how Honda originally an associate justice in the national courts is initially all into rationalism and logic But when he meets the young boy gang leader in volume two Runaway Horses he notices three moles on his body identical to his deceased friend from years ago Despite his rationality he comes to believe the young boy is his old friend reincarnatedBut unlike in the other volumes the boy in The Decay of the Angel sets out to do evil thus the decay in the title I vow it that when I am twenty I will cast Father into hell I must start making plans The boy is attached to an ugly obese mentally ill young woman whom he eventually marries His evil starts out small getting his tutor dismissed but graduates to where he terrorizes his adoptive father by striking him with a poker He makes his four maids his mistressesAlthough you can pick up most of the back story in context it really helps to have to have read the whole series in seuence For those who want to read this book but have not read the preceding volumes here are brief summaries for each bookSpoiler for the first volume Spring Snow view spoilerThe plot revolves around a love story between a boy and the daughter of the neighboring household They have known each other all their lives and she has loved him since they were children But his feelings toward her are on again off again he mistreats her and pretends he doesn t care for her Finally she gives up on him and becomes engaged to a son of a noble family actually a member of the Emperor s household At this point she s 21 he s 19 and after the engagement has been approved by the Emperor himself finally he decides he loves her and begins to pursue her They begin a sexual relationship and she becomes pregnant If word of any of this gets out it would be the euivalent of a national scandal When the boy s father learns what is going on after spending his whole life ass kissing the emperor and the nobles to say he is apoplectic is putting it mildly Never having lifted a hand to his son before he beats him with a pool cue She enters a convent and the son later dies of a disease hide spoiler

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D 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. A great ending to a great tetralogy the ending is drilled in my memory like a painting I can see Honda on his cane uestioning his life and Satoko guided by her assistant gazing at the garden a place that had no memories as Honda said with the sunlight streaming on the trees

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Phy 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 1960s Honda now an aged an. 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 itselfAs an admirer of Yukio Mishima this book meant much to me than any other novel of his since it documented his last thoughts before his poetic demise The finished manuscript waited on the desk as he turned his life into the Line of Poetry written with a splash of Blood that he had longed for letting his fictional world collapse along with him in a poetic climax He will always be one of the most honest and poetically destructive writers that has ever lived May he rest in peace


About the Author: Yukio Mishima

Yukio Mishima 三島 由紀夫 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 th



10 thoughts on “天人五衰 Tennin Gosui

  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 helping ships in port navigate to their docks Obviously it was pre ordained that Honda finds him since he encounters him by simply wanderi

  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 ritualis

  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 ofte

  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 who than most think only of yourself have gone too far and let yourself be blinded You thought that history has its excep

  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 favor

  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 itselfAs an admirer of Yukio Mishi

  7. says:

    A great ending to a great tetralogy the ending is drilled in my memory like a painting I can see Honda on his cane uestioning his life and Satoko guided by her assistant gazing at the garden a place that had no memories as Honda said with the sunlight streaming on the trees

  8. says:

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

  9. 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 fe

  10. says:

    How can an angel decay? An angel in this context is not the haloed winged messenger of the Christian deity In Bu

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