"The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With the Sea" tells of a band of savage thirteen-year-old boys who reject the adult world as illusory, hypocritical, and sentimental, and train themselves in a brutal callousness they call 'ojectivity'. When the mother of one of them begins an affair with a ship's officer, he and his friends idealize the man at ...
"The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With the Sea" tells of a band of savage thirteen-year-old boys who reject the adult world as illusory, hypocritical, and sentimental, and train themselves in a brutal callousness they call 'ojectivity'. When the mother of one of them begins an affair with a ship's officer, he and his friends idealize the man at first; but it is not long before they conclude that he is in fact soft and romantic. They regard their disappointment in him as an act of betrayal on his part and react violently.
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I didn't really understand the whole psychology behind the story; not the gang's motive, nor the author's desire to depict the sailor as someone "noble" or "above it all". It just didn't come through in the reading. Some of the language must have been lost in translation. Parts of the story were well writtin, and I could almost see what the author was trying to relate, but overall, it was just an O.K. read.
Jul 22, 2008
Not for everyone
This is one of the strangest books that I have yet read. Mishima has a great ability to make his readers cringe, and scenes in this book will make you do so. The sense of emotional detachment touted by the children is certainly difficult to handle, yet this book was thought provoking. A good book overall, but in no means for all audiences.
Apr 26, 2007
I was very disappointed in this book. I can not find anything that I can say positive other than it used a lot of words to fill a few pages.
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