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ISBN:
0679722408
Author:
Yukio Mishima
Category:
World Literature
Language:
English
Publisher:
Vintage; Reissue edition (April 14, 1990)
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432 pages
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In RUNAWAY HORSES, the second volume of Yukio Mishima's "Sea of Fertility" tetralogy, we are presented with a remarkable turn of events. Kiyoaki Matsugae, the tragic protagonist of SPRING SNOW, has been born again.

In RUNAWAY HORSES, the second volume of Yukio Mishima's "Sea of Fertility" tetralogy, we are presented with a remarkable turn of events. Those who wondered why the first novel in the cycle had those long debates on the transmigration of the soul will be pleased to see the consequences of the Siamese princes' beliefs. RUNAWAY HORSES unfolds through the thoughts of Shikeguni Honda, once Kiyoaki's best friend, who is now thirty-eight years-old and a judge in Osaka.

The Sea of Fertility (豊饒の海, Hōjō no Umi) is a tetralogy of novels written by the Japanese author Yukio Mishima. The four novels are Spring Snow (1969), Runaway Horses (1969), The Temple of Dawn (1970), and The Decay of the Angel (1971). The series, which Mishima began writing in 1964 and which was his final work, is usually thought of as his masterpiece. Its title refers to the Mare Fecunditatis, a lunar mare.

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The Sea of Fertility tetralogy, however, is his masterpiece. After Mishima conceived the idea of The Sea of Fertility in 1964, he frequently said he would die when it was completed

The Sea of Fertility tetralogy, however, is his masterpiece. After Mishima conceived the idea of The Sea of Fertility in 1964, he frequently said he would die when it was completed. On November 25th, 1970, the day he completed The Decay of the Angel, the last novel of the cycle, Mishima committed seppuku (ritual suicide) at the age of 45. By yukio mishima. The sea of fertility, a cycle of four novels. The Decay of the Angel.

Yukio Mishima’s Runaway Horses is the second novel in his masterful tetralogy, The Sea of Fertility. Again we encounter Shigekuni Honda, who narrates this epic tale of what he believes are the successive reincarnations of his childhood friend Kiyoaki Matsugae. In 1932, Shigeuki Honda has become a judge in Osaka. Convinced that a young rightist revolutionary, Isao, is the reinca Yukio Mishima’s Runaway Horses is the second novel in his masterful tetralogy, The Sea of Fertility. Again we encounter Shigekuni Honda, who narrates this epic tale of what he believes are the successive reincarnations.

In RUNAWAY HORSES, the second volume of Yukio Mishima's "Sea of Fertility" tetralogy, we are presented . I have just started reading Yukio Mishima's books and find The Sea of Fertility beautifully written, fascinatingly descriptive of Japan and the era, plus an engaging saga.

Yukio Mishima's Runaway Horses is the second novel in his masterful tetralogy, The Sea of Fertility.

Yukio Mishima was born into a samurai family and imbued with the code of complete control over mind and body, and loyalty to the Emperor - the same code that produced the austerity and self-sacrifice of Zen. He wrote countless stories and thirty-three plays, in some of which he performed.

Yukio Mishima’s Runaway Horses is the second novel in his masterful tetralogy, The Sea of Fertility. Again we encounter Shigekuni Honda, who narrates this epic tale of what he believes are the successive reincarnations of his childhood friend Kiyoaki Matsugae.   In 1932, Shigeuki Honda has become a judge in Osaka.  Convinced that a young rightist revolutionary, Isao, is the reincarnation of his friend Kiyoaki, Honda commits himself to saving the youth from an untimely death. Isao, driven to patriotic fanaticism by a father who instilled in him the ethos of the ancient samurai, organizes a violent plot against the new industrialists who he believes are usurping the Emperor’s rightful power and threatening the very integrity of the nation. Runaway Horses is the chronicle of a conspiracy — a novel about the roots and nature of Japanese fanaticism in the years that led to war.
  • felt boot
In RUNAWAY HORSES, the second volume of Yukio Mishima's "Sea of Fertility" tetralogy, we are presented with a remarkable turn of events. Kiyoaki Matsugae, the tragic protagonist of SPRING SNOW, has been born again. Those who wondered why the first novel in the cycle had those long debates on the transmigration of the soul will be pleased to see the consequences of the Siamese princes' beliefs.

The year is 1932. RUNAWAY HORSES unfolds through the thoughts of Shikeguni Honda, once Kiyoaki's best friend, who is now thirty-eight years-old and a judge in Osaka. Honda encounters a young man, Isao, who is almost as old as Kiyoaki was when he died, and Honda comes to believe that this boy is his old friend come again, whose life contains events that Kiyoaki foretellingly dreamed of and wrote in his journal. While Kiyoaki's fatal flaw was excess love, his reincarnation is an obsessive patriot, who seeks to purge Japan of foreign ideals and the vices of a capitalism which denied the Emperor. RUNAWAY HORSES is, essentially, a novel of political extremism. The Japan of this era seems poised on the verge of either Communist revolution or, what actually came to pass, military dictatorship, and the uncertainty of the times makes for a very engaging setting. Some knowledge of Japan history comes in handy, although the novel can still be read as it is. The form of the work is also rather more varied than in the first volume of the cycle. RUNAWAY HORSES contains a fifty-page long imagined political tract praising the leaders of a 19th-century rebellion, which inspires the protagonist, and a courtroom scene recounted in dialogue form.

I found so much of this novel supremely agreeable. Mishima expertly causes the reader to feel the long years that have passed for Honda, and the shock that comes in being jerked back to the death of Kiyoaki. Some of the people and places linked with Kiyoaki are seen again in this novel, and often the characters have little idea of the connection, but the reader knows the haunting truth. Nonetheless, the novel is not entirely perfect. One common objection may be that Mishima gushes too much over the purity of Isao, for the author's own political ideals where much the same. Still, anyone concerned with issues of globalization and the existential crisis of the West and westernized nations will have some sympathy for Mishima and his protagonist, even though much about them is deplorable. And Isao is certainly more nuanced than the protagonist of Mishima's gory nearly-pornographic novella "Patriotism" of three years before. My own dissatisfaction about the matter comes from Mishima giving his protagonist, toward the end, the opportunity to rather unrealistically give a long speech to an audience that in truth probably wouldn't hear it.

Still, these are relatively minor complaints. I underestimated the beauty of SPRING SNOW the first time I read it, and I'm quite happy that I re-read it and moved onto RUNAWAY HORSES. The "Sea of Fertility" cycle is indeed an impressive work of fiction.
  • Era
As the title says, my fav! Ending is superb.

The sea of Fertility is nothing short of a masterpiece. Mishima crucified himself in his work (SOF), and then did the same in real life.

If you have not read Spring Snow yet, read that first before reading this book...If you have read Spring Snow, then why in the hell are you reading reviews of this book!? Get it, continue the journey!
  • Flas
The four-part Sea of Fertility is one of the most ambitious literary projects ever undertaken. And it comes off. Runaway Horses is up there with Spring Snow as equal best of the four. It provides tremendous cultural and historical insights as well as wrestling with issues of motivation and purpose in Mishima's crystalline prose. He thought he should have won the Nobel Prize. I do too.
  • avanger
This is a novel with gorgeous, even lyrical passages, yet in my view, considerable technical setbacks.

Why do i like Mishima? Becouse he was trained as a lawyer, and from the many years of discerning the nuances of legal practice, he developed a style of writing, that is structured, concise, and sometimes pompous. Concurrently, there is a dark tendency in his writing to place his characters irrationally attracted to themes relating to death, suicide, romantic tragedy or nihilism. The combination of these seemingly opposite forces, creates a mood of unsettling, and reckless passion.

When i read that Kiyoaki, who in Spring Snow had been endowed with an almost supernatural beauty, returned reincarnated in Isao, who was peerless on his purity of intent, i couldn't put the book down. Mishima created such a beautiful case for the purity of dying in defense of Japan and the emperor, that even me, who is on the opposite side of the political spectrum, was rooting for Isao to go ahead with his mission and inevitable seppuku.

If the book would have finished with the ritualistic suicide, it would have actually been beautiful. I won't recount the details of the plot, but there is an unfortunate twist that completely alters the sentiment of the idealistic and poetic opening pages. The denouement creates an anti-climax that forces the reader to question the validity of the values professed initially by the protagonist, to then again in a haste, switched back the storyline to a romantic conclusion in order to salvage the book. I found this thematic ambivalence, a source of irritation and a technical setback that undermines the quality of the book as a whole. Therefore I gave it four starts.
  • Fordg
Excellent read, should definitely read Spring Snow before hand as you will not know what is going on. Mishima wrote some even better novels tho. First I think Spring Snow is better than this. Also confessions of a mask and forbidden colors are more heart felt. This book is more philosophical and explores the relationships between emotion, rational thought and destiny/ reincarnation. Enjoy.
  • Quphagie
What a beautifully sculptured work of storytelling! Mishima has a unique way in describing characters and developing their interplay which unfolds throughout the novel. He delivers such insights into the Japanese culture of yore. How times have changed!! There's no wasted words and this reading is bound to hold ones interest. This is a true classic piece of literature. Enjoy......
  • Priotian
Was a requested gift. The one who received it enjoyed it very much.
too bad he's dead