Mishima's "Temple of the Golden Pavillion"

"In The Temple of the Golden Pavilion, celebrated Japanese novelist Yukio Mishima creates a haunting portrait of a young man's obsession with idealized beauty and his destructive quest to possess it fully.

Mizoguchi, an ostracized stutterer, develops a childhood fascination with Kyoto’s famous Golden Temple. While an acolyte at the temple, he fixates on the structure’s aesthetic perfection and it becomes his one and only object of desire. But as Mizoguchi begins to perceive flaws in the temple, he determines that the only true path to beauty lies in an act of horrific violence. Based on a real incident that occurred in 1950, The Temple of the Golden Pavilion brilliantly portrays the passions and agonies of a young man in postwar Japan, bringing to the subject the erotic imagination and instinct for the dramatic moment that marked Mishima as one of the towering makers of modern fiction."

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  • John

    Mishima's prose was gorgeous and painterly, while the author's psychological acuity reminded me of Dostoyevsky. Reading this novel was a powerful experience, and I look forward to rereading it some day. Our discussion was spirited, wide ranging, and enlightening. Thanks everyone!

    1 · April 15, 2013

  • Matt

    I really enjoyed our dialog and exploration of Mishima's writing. I also found welcomed even though I'd just found out about this group and hadn't familiarized myself with the material. Thanks everyone!

    April 5, 2013

  • brian b

    Yukichi Fukuzawa is the name I couldn't recall at last night's Book Club--he affected Japan's transition into a modern state more than any other individual (especially the Japanese philosophy of education).http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fukuzawa_Yukichi

    April 5, 2013

  • Matt

    I'm going to try to make it...if it's like Dazai...omg...

    April 4, 2013

  • katrina k.

    new to the group!

    April 4, 2013

  • Cheryl

    I have to work :(.

    April 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I look forward to meeting other people who enjoy very introspective books.

    March 31, 2013

  • Jihyeon P.

    " an act of horrific violence"

    March 29, 2013

  • Laurel D.

    I got it as an audio book on audiable, but it was too depressing for me to continue listening to, althought reading would have been better.

    March 29, 2013

  • Michael H.

    Anyone out there wanting to discuss Proust?

    March 17, 2013

  • Denis K.

    Interesting review of recent Mishima biography. Gives some good background of author. In particular, it is interesting how he turned to extreme right/nationalist/traditionalist. Presumably, this was a way to find a source of power and purpose. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323901604578157031716559740.html

    1 · March 11, 2013

  • katrina k.

    new to the group!

    January 18, 2013

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