The Sea of Fertility“ (豊饒の海 Hōjō no Umi) is a tetralogy written by the Japanese author Yukio Mishima. The series, which Mishima began writing in 1964 and which was his final work, is usually thought of as his masterpiece. Its title refers to the Mare Fecunditatis, a “sea” on the Moon.
The main timeline of the story stretches from 1912 to 1975. The viewpoint of all four books is that of Shigekuni Honda, a law student in “Spring Snow” who eventually becomes a wealthy retired judge in “The Decay of the Angel”. Each of the novels depicts what Honda comes to believe are successive reincarnations of his school friend Kiyoaki Matsugae, and Honda’s attempts to save them from the early deaths to which they seem to be condemned by karma. This results in both personal and professional embarrassment for Honda, and eventually destroys him.
I heard about Yukio Mishima few years ago. Bought Runaway Horses incidentally just because I have an unexplained liking of Japanese classic literature. I just knew that Runaway Horses is series no. 2 of this tetralogy (Glad I I haven’t read it :-p). The depressing part of this liking is it’s not that easy to find them here. Covers above are pretty but I only found one from Tuttle Publishing (and so most my Japanese classic literature collection). A friend of mine ever showed off her collections which bought in Yogyakarta, she said there was a big sale and I was so envy with her.
So why Mishima?
I finally found my reading pace again. I was still in reading slump on October with the travelling and travelling hangover *laughing hard*
(nggak sabar mau jalan-jalan sebulan, jalan-jalannya seminggu, hangovernya dua minggu). I was only able to finish two books and one mook. I successfully finished another about 2-3 days ago then I picked Mishima’s Sound of Waves to improve my poor English. So far I like it, hope able to finish it soon and write the review.
This is an entry of Wishful Wednesday by perpuskecil