The Sailor who Fell from Grace with the Sea

The Sailor who Fell from Grace with the Sea

Yukio Mishima
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The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea tells the tale of a band of savage 13-year-old boys who reject the adult world as illusory, hypocritical & sentimental, & train themselves in a brutal callousness they call "objectivity." When the mother of one of them begins an affair with a ship's officer, he & his friends idealize the man at first; but it is not long before they conclude that he is in fact soft & romantic. They regard their disappointment in him as an act of betrayal on his part, & react violently.

A novel from “one of the outstanding writers of the world” (New York Times) that explores the vicious nature of youth that is sometimes mistaken for innocence. • “A major work of art.” — Time

13-year-old Noboru is a member of a gang of highly philosophical teenage boys who reject the tenets of the adult world — to them, adult life is illusory, hypocritical, & sentimental. When Noboru’s widowed mother is romanced by Ryuji, a sailor, Noboru is thrilled. He idolizes this rugged man of the sea as a hero. But his admiration soon turns to hatred, as Ryuji forsakes life onboard the ship for marriage, rejecting everything Noboru holds sacred. Upset & appalled, he & his friends respond to this apparent betrayal with a terrible ferocity.


Yukio Mishima 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, & 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, & plays each year. His crowning achievement, The Sea of Fertility tetralogy—which contains the novels Spring Snow (1969), Runaway Horses (1969), The Temple of Dawn (1970), & The Decay of the Angel (1971)—is considered one of the definitive works of twentieth-century Japanese fiction. In 1970, at the age of forty-five & the day after completing the

Vintage International, Penguin Random House
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english, 1999
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