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Summary 金閣寺 108 ✓ ❰Epub❯ ➟ 金閣寺 Author Yukio Mishima –  In The Temple of the Golden Pavilion celebrated Japanese novelist Yukio Mishima creates a haunting and vivid portrait of a young man’s obsession with idealized beauty and his destructive uest to p  In The Temple of the Golden Pavilion celebratedBrilliantly portrays the passions and agonies of a young man in postwar Japan bringing to the subject the erotic imagination and instinct for the dramatic moment that marked Mishima as one of the towering makers of modern fiction With an introduction by Donald Keene Translated from the Japanese by Ivan MorrisBook Jacket Status Jacket. To make one Mishima take one dehydrated Dostoevsky; remove all hair and whiskers go all the way give old Dos a full Brazilian then polish to a steely sheen; carefully remove the heart and brain; take the heart between both hands and sueeze using occult Buddhist techniues until the heart’s emotional essence is drop by drop converted into intellectual conceits; collect these drops and add to brain; replace sueezed out Dostoevsky heart with something pitiless; rehydrate with fanaticism and disembodied compassion and send it on its way through a convoluted and deterministic universe This recipe good for only one side of Mishima as he appears to have been a man who even as he refined his mind and body to a single point of final intensity kept his myriad contradictions in solution to serve as goad and fuel for that single minded intensity The I think about it the less sense the recipe makes as in even this one aspects of mercurial Mishima have already slipped through its measurements and proportions so scrap the recipe but let its memory linger in the mind as a kind of partial ghost image an echo of a meaning that never uite was; which is appropriate as Mishima was at times as in this book an anti intellectual intellectual a man for whom words thoughts ideas were thoroughly plastic and manipulable able to fill out and justify any cockamamie idea and so in a way meaningless though still of course powerful enough to exert an inexpugnable sway What does one do when faced with such an intellectual dilemma Burn what is perceived as the wellspring of intellectual aesthetic permanence down to the ground so as to directly access the infinite root network of instinctual reality if only for a moment Mishima must have delighted in the idea of writing this book as working from an existing true story fulfilled his needs even at the meta level of a determined world of fate as the driving force even as his natural intensity and intellectual fire attempted to transcend the actual flames and convoluted messiness of this world to present a fleeting image of perfection as a glance through an infinitely faceted crystal of an apotheosis a single moment that briefly encapsulates a hydra headed life

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 In The Temple of the Golden Pavilion celebrated Japanese novelist Yukio Mishima creates a haunting and vivid portrait of a young man’s obsession with idealized beauty and his destructive uest to possess it fullyMizoguchi an ostracized stutterer develops a childhood fascination with Kyoto’s famous Golden Temple While an acolyte a. I walked back and forth in front of the Nishijin police station It was evening and several of the windows were brightly lit I noticed a police detective hurrying into the building He was wearing an open neck shirt and was carrying a briefcase No one paid any attention too me No one had paid any attention to me during the past twenty years and under present conditions this was bound to continue Under present conditions I was still a person of no importance In this country of Japan there were people by the million by the tens of millions who were tucked away in corners and to whom no one paid any attention I still belonged to their ranks The world felt not the slightest concern as to whether these people lived or died and for this reason there was something reassuring about themAn odd intriguing read one that reminded me of Dostoevsky or Camus in that it seemed as much a parable as a narrative I won't spoil the plot but Mishima cannily took a real event changed little and made it a psychological profile of a young man in turmoil The lead a stuttering acolyte at a temple in Kyoto is unlikable after a childhood trauma he becomes hopelessly obsessed with the Temple of the Golden Pavilion The book presents him with various interlocutors and sexual temptations all of which lead to an inevitable crescendoWhat frightened me what made me pull the paragraph above is the insight that Mishima has into the mind of the young domestic terrorist Mizoguchi the lead is a primordial version of an incel and his cool rationalization of the inexplicable is chilling Though the novel drags through the occasional parable and has a preposterous coincidence at its core a minor character keeps appearing in different subplots with no real explanation it is an accomplishment

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金閣寺T the temple he fixates on the structure’s aesthetic perfection and it becomes the one and only object of his desire But as Mizoguchi begins to perceive flaws in the temple he determines that the only true path to beauty lies in an act of horrendous violence Based on a real incident that occurred in The Temple of the Golden Pavilion. I have twice in the past tried to read Mishima firstly 'Spring Snow' which at the time for what ever reason just couldn't seem to get into it although will definitely return there in due course Secondly had a go at 'The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With The Sea' but didn't like his nihilistic portrayal of youth The Temple of the Golden Pavilion was far accessible and enticing but still retained a serious and disturbing tone Based on this evidence Mishima was somebody that held traditional Japanese religion very highly and reading through this it was almost impossible to shake off the though of his ritual suicide and if I had to pick one key word that best describes this work that would be 'sacrifice'Following the footsteps of protagonist Mizoguchi who enters into the Buddhist priesthood gives a compulsive insight to a life of strict code and dedication After witnessing the radiance of a famous temple in Kyoto with his dying Father Mizoguchi becomes transfixed and believes his future is set in stone regarding his ambitions Turning against his Mother for reasons of sexual deviation he becomes or less a lonerafter losing his good friend Tsurukawa he drifts through his life and education giving himself to the temple he would see a change in his person with one true focus that left me shocked stunned and sorrowfulOf all the Japanese writer's I have come across so far Mishima is probably the best in terms of depth the narrative here is precise and absorbing and as mentioned before this was a great place to start for a first timer You really get a sense of this world and as a westerner reading of the east there is always something educational to pick up on The temple itself feels just as much alive as all those withinSo it would come as no surprise that the ending didn't sit well with me how could a place of such historical significance be treated in this way I am sure there is some sort of deeper meaning to the ending but by this time I had given up caring as the actions of Mizoguchi where just far too self centered and disrespectful to his ancestors Also Mishima's perception of women in this novel were not exactly doing them any favours either But his writing I strongly admire and will no doubt read of his work beautifully descriptive but also savagely doom laden