!!> Reading ➷ 金閣寺 ➯ Author Yukio Mishima – Writerscompany.co.uk

金閣寺 Because Of The Boyhood Trauma Of Seeing His Mother Make Love To Another Man In The Presence Of His Dying Father, Mizoguchi Becomes A Hopeless Stutterer Taunted By His Schoolmates, He Feels Utterly Alone Until He Becomes An Acolyte At A Famous Temple In Kyoto He Quickly Becomes Obsessed With The Beauty Of The Temple Even When Tempted By A Friend Into Exploring The Geisha District, He Cannot Escape Its Image In The Novel S Soaring Climax, He Tries Desperately To Free Himself From His Fixation. 1950 This story by Mishima is a beautiful tale about obsession and how it destroys the bearer It is a fable loosely based on the true story of the burning of the Kinka kuji temple in Kyoto I visited it once it is absolutely sublime A must read for entering into the awesome universe of Mishima s writing. Oh yes, you do so want to read this novel I would mark the following synopsis as a spoiler, but all is revealed in the introduction, and the events that inspired the book are about as big a mystery for the Japanese as what happened to the Titanic is to Westerners anyway, so don t go getting all sore with me like I m maliciously ruining all your fun We are being multicultural and pretending we already knew about this major historical event before hearing of and reading Mishima s novel Who s with me Then proceed Mizoguchi, Zen acolyte and aspiring spiritual figurehead of the centuries old Golden Temple in Kyoto, develops a pathological reverence for and inevitable hatred of his place of worship Even well before Mizoguchi arrives in Kyoto, he positions the Golden Temple in his mind as his only gauge of beauty and divinity in the world Not just aesthetic beauty, either importantly, the temple represents the potential for spiritual beauty and meaning, both his own and that of othersbut mostly his own Mizoguchi is spiritually void, arguably sociopathic, and has a major chip on his shoulder about women He h 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 s

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