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Confessions of a Mask

I had, so to speak, accepted “normality” as a temporary employee in the corporation of my body. Confessions of a Mask reflects Mishima’s own coming of age in post-war Japan.

New Directions Publishing- Fiction – pages. Mishima’s protagonist discovers that he is becoming a homosexual in a polite, post-war Japan. The Best Books of His constant efforts at denials and pretending to be a straight person is one of the two themes of novel. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. The dreadful thing is that beauty is not only terrifying but also mysterious.

He begins to notice his growing attraction to some of the boys in his class, particularly the pubescent body of his friend Omi.

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Read more Read less. The wave grew tall and, as far as the eye could reach, revealed the razor-keen blade of the sea’s enormous ax, poised and ready to strike. Mishima felt his whole life the gravitational pull to the darkest center of the universe. And the book is rife with such sentences. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage mihima. His terror at the possibility of being found out is vivid. A woman should not be ostracized for loving another woman. Msak didn’t need a whole book of this.

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The kissing off airplane arrival fanfare no photos of The Beatles stepping into adoring American crowds for the first time. As it drew near the beach something awakened and rose up within its green hood. If Confessions were written from a third-person objective vantage point, with no insight into its protagonist’s thoughts and emotions, it would be far easier for me to produce a pithy synopsis. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

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Rather complicated and sophisticated psychological turmoil of an adolescent gay narrator. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. From what I can tell, Yukio Mishima was not a very happy man.

Confessions Of A Mask

But – nothing ever happens. Not the kind of fear if you aren’t afraid of heights you aren’t gonna get stuff. Confessions of a Mask New Directions paperbook.

To begin living my true life…even if it was to be pure masquerade and not my life… The price of that decision, at least in part, is paid by the author himself: Archived from the original on But Chapter Two seems a slog in its attempt to pad out to novel length. In the case of Confessionsthe subjectivity we gain access to belongs to a unnamed Japanese youth, living in Tokyo during the former half of the 20th century.

As he gets older, he doesn’t yet realize that he’s different from other boys, except in that he’s small and thin and gets sick a lot more often. Book ratings by Goodreads. Confessions of a Mask is a brave and powerful piece of detailed, rather Freudian, self-examination. These passages provide a clear hint for what was to follow.

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