Spring Snow

Spring Snow

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Random House, Inc.
Yukio Mishima’s Spring Snow is the first novel in his masterful tetralogy, The Sea of Fertility. Here we meet Shigekuni Honda, who narrates this epic tale of what he believes are the successive reincarnations of his friend, Kiyoaki Matsugae.
 
It is 1912 in Tokyo, and the hermetic world of the ancient aristocracy is being breached for the first time by outsiders — rich provincial families unburdened by tradition, whose money and vitality make them formidable contenders for social and political power. Shigekuni Honda, an aspiring lawyer and his childhood friend, Kiyoaki Matsugae, are the sons of two such families. As they come of age amidst the growing tensions between old and new, Kiyoaki is plagued by his simultaneous love for and loathing of the spirited young woman Ayakura Satoko. But Kiyoaki’s true feelings only become apparent when her sudden engagement to a royal prince shows him the magnitude of his passion — and leads to a love affair both doomed and inevitable.

Baker & Taylor
Kiyoaki Matsugae's passionate and ill-fated love for the betrothed daughter of a Tokyo aristocrat brings him into disfavor at the Imperial Court

Publisher: New York : Vintage International, 1990, c1972
Edition: 1st Vintage international ed
ISBN: 9780679722410 (pbk.)
0679722416 (pbk.)
Branch Call Number: FIC MISHIMA
Characteristics: 389 p. ; 21 cm

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TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 03, 2016

Spring Snow is a novel that is about as perfect as they come—think Yin-Yang. It blends equal amounts of story, philosophy, and poetry, and keeps a wide focus on characters, story, romance, setting, language...

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elaxminn
Feb 04, 2016

Spring Snow is the first in Four book series by Yukio Mishima. Each of the books explores a different aspect of human love and Japanese social history.
While the plot may sound like a Rom Com, it's quite a serious, and quite a dark look at the world from one of the most revered Japanese writers of the 20th century.

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TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 06, 2016

Dreams, memories, the sacred--they are all alike in that they are beyond our grasp. Once we are even marginally separated from what we can touch, the object is sanctified; it acquires the beauty of the unattainable, the quality of the miraculous. Everything, really, has this quality of sacredness, but we can desecrate it at a touch. How strange man is! His touch defiles and yet he contains the source of miracles.

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sky123
Jan 02, 2016

... but very often a man's whole life alters course because of a moment's hesitation. That instant is like a fold made down the middle of a sheet of paper. In it, the underside becomes upmost, and what was once visible is hidden forever. p.80

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