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After the Banquet Paperback – February 22, 1999
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Published in the United States during the 1960s but written years earlier, this Mishima trio, while vastly different in plot, all sport the common theme of idealism destroyed by reality. Nearly three decades after his death, Mishima continues to be a compelling novelist. (LJ 1/15/63, LJ 3/15/68, LJ 9/1/69)
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"Kazu is the biggest and most profound thing Mishima has done so far in an already distinguished career" * New Yorker * "His most novelistic work, with a degree of earthiness and warmth rare in his fiction" * New York Times * "Japan's foremost man of letters" * Spectator * "Direct yet allusive, poetic...an amazing feat" * Atlantic * --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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In comparison to his other work, it was weak and contrived. I am a big Mishima fan, and this was a letdown.
I really felt a kinship for the main character, highly recommended, especially to women not familiar with Mishima's work.
She isn't the type to become romantically involved, she also typically only has eyes for older men. Her apparent undoing comes about when she falls in love with retired politician Noguchi. Noguchi is very stubborn, and at first Kazu is drawn to his 'steadfastness', only to discover that it is a bit much to handle at times. Still, she plays the role of dutiful wife, to the point where she goes behind Noguchi's back to manipulate the political machine into asking Noguchi to come out of retirement and run for office. She even mortgages her restaurant in order to raise funds for his campaign. All unknown to Noguchi, whose stubbornness won't allow for his wife's assistance.
What is remarkable about this tale is not the setting or the events that unfold, but instead are the characters and the beautiful prose. Reading this in English is not the same as in Japanese, but I feel that I hear Mishima's voice even in the translation. Of particular note, this novel was translated by Donald Keene, one of the foremost Japanese translators and linguistic experts in the world.
Mishima is probably one of the best, most important story tellers from the post war era. He continues a fine tradition of 20th century Japanese literature. I would say that this is not what I would recommend for those unfamiliar with his works. Perhaps 'Spring Snow' or 'The Sound of Waves' would be better places to begin. Or any number of his short story collections. See: Spring Snow /The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea /Acts of Worship: Seven Stories /The Sound of Waves.
Yukio Mishima committed seppuku (ritual Japanese suicide) in 1970 at the age of 45.
What was interesting to me was seeing the relationship portrayed between Kazu and Noguchi, the main female-male characters. How different from relationships today! On the other hand, some of the philosophical passages where Kazu is explaining her feelings, I found often incomprehensible, not a logical philosophy I could relate to -- such as her main reason for marrying Noguchi!!!
Generally, however, this book gave me a glimpse into Japanese philosophy and thought.