What does absolute beauty imply? Yukio tried to offer the best interpretation through a story about the psychological struggle of a mortal who plan to set fire on the golden pavilion, which he regarded it as the temple of 'absolute beauty'. The story may have also given a clue on the ritual suicide, 'seppuku' to be exact, of the author, as there are couples of philosophical debates on the topic of pure aestheticism, the evil nature of man, life and death....Continua
I really enjoy Mishima's short stories much more than his novels. He is very talented, but it's just very frustrating to read. The ideas and psychology and personalities he comes up with of course are incredible, but personally, the story itself just doesn't do anything for me.
Honestly it makes me very uncomfortable. I am fine with crazy characters and unrealistic events, but if the story doesn't move, it's just not worth it. I kept waiting for the climax, and when it finally came, it was just over so quickly... and of course, the characteristic open ending.
Excellent if you like what Mishima does with novels, definitely not if you prefer novels that swallow you whole....Continua