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Sun and Steel Kindle Edition
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In this fascinating document, one of Japan's best known-and controversial-writers created what might be termed a new literary form. It is new because it combines elements of many existing types of writing, yet in the end fits into none of them.
At one level, it may be read as an account of how a puny, bookish boy discovered the importance of his own physical being; the "sun and steel" of the title are themselves symbols respectively of the cult of the open air and the weights used in bodybuilding. At another level, it is a discussion by a major novelist of the relation between action and art, and his own highly polished art in particular. More personally, it is an account of one individual's search for identity and self-integration. Or again, the work could be seen as a demonstration of how an intensely individual preoccupation can be developed into a profound philosophy of life.
All these elements are woven together by Mishima's complex yet polished and supple style. The confession and the self-analysis, the philosophy and the poetry combine in the end to create something that is in itself perfect and self-sufficient. It is a piece of literature that is as carefully fashioned as Mishima's novels, and at the same time provides an indispensable key to the understanding of them as art.
The road Mishima took to salvation is a highly personal one. Yet here, ultimately, one detects the unmistakable tones of a self transcending the particular and attaining to a poetic vision of the universal. The book is therefore a moving document, and is highly significant as a pointer to the future development of one of the most interesting novelists of modern times.
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- ASIN : B0BQF4B7FV
- Publisher : Lyle Stuart (Jan. 2 1970)
- Language : English
- File size : 484 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 110 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #441,470 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- #272 in Japanese Literature
- #2,447 in Success Self-Help Books
- #8,580 in Guides to Success
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Mishima was himself that synthesis of the scholar and the warrior, who rejected pure intellectualism and theory in favour of action.
Of course, this is assuming the book accurately reflects the author's views. If you have read Mishima biographies such as Stokes' "Life and Death of Yukio Mishima" you might agree that "Sun and Steel" is a true reflection of the author's feelings. Otherwise, you might not have a good frame of reference.
It's a good idea not to make this the first of Mishima's works that you read (the aforementioned biography and "Confessions of A Mask" are suitable prerequisites). However, it is an interesting work in its own right.
My main reason for not giving this book 5 stars is that I was longing for more depth into his character than could be provided in so short a work; but maybe that's just because of my fascination with the author's life.
Top reviews from other countries
Not so with Mishima - his work is poetic but with purpose. Militant but vulnerable.
This is an insight into a man who has learned what it means to build one's own sense of conviction.
Most will not be ready for this; as a fencer myself it entered my life at the perfect time to understand it.
The print I got was less than stellar with odd font choice and strange formatting which belie the deep value of the words within, but the knowledge itself is worth the price of admission.