潮騒 Shiosai Read ✓ 104

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潮騒 [Shiosai] Read ✓ 104 Ö Set in a remote fishing village in Japan The Sound of Waves is a timeless story of first love It tells of Shinji a young fisherman and Hatsue the beautiful daughter of the wealthiest man in the village Shinji is entranced at the sight of Hatsue in the twilight on the beach and they fall in love When the villagers' gossiOn the beach and they fall in love When the villagers' gossip threatens to divide them Shinji must risk his life to prove his wor. Kinda BR with Lau and Shii P But the strange way in which love can torture the heart with desire was no longer a novel thing for him Mishima was a peculiar author and his uniueness is reflected in Shinji and Hatsue's love story You can expect Mishima's commitment to the island with detailed aesthetic descriptions just as much as to breasts and tanning Star crossed lovers are often fated and forced to chose between life and love so I thought I knew what to expect from The Sound of Waves What I was not expecting was to fall in love with the islanders Mishima illustrates the daily life of the diving women the men relaxing at the bath house and the meetings of the Young Men's Association with such an ease Every single chapter is a little piece of a beautiful picture perfectly paintedShinji's transformation from a shy kid to a brave confident young man and his pure love towards Hatsue are the highlights of this story With unpretentious charm The Sound of Waves is a simple yet entrancing thing Please please don't give up hope; please keep on fighting

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Set in a remote fishing village in Japan The Sound of Waves is a timeless story of first love It tells of Shinji a young fisherman. I’ve read a half dozen novels by this Japanese author All have been dark focused on planning secret rebellions a planned murder ritual suicide death and reincarnation The author himself headed up a ritualistic right wing group and ended up committing ritual suicide So imagine my surprise to find I’m reading a book about first love with a happy ending We know this from the blurbs on the cover so I’m not really giving away plotIt’s a coming of age story of a young man on a small Japanese island Most of the men are fishermen going out daily in small 2 3 man boats The island women are famous for their endurance diving to collect buckets of abalones hopefully with an occasional pearl inside Social class is a theme The main character’s father died in WW II so his work as a fisherman is the main support of his mother and young brother although his mother is a diver He falls in love with the newly arrived beautiful daughter of the wealthiest man on the island who owns a large freighter Of course it’s understood that the daughter will marry one of the few other upper class boys on the island The father prohibits her from seeing the lower class boy They interact by secret notes The boy graduates from the small fishing boat to work on a freighter where he proves himself by an act of valor while at sea where he risks his life in a storm The plot is elaborated with ‘rivals’ a young man and young woman who are interested in each of the two main characters; a scene between the boy’s mother and the wealthy man and village gossipers who seem to do all they can to complicate the path of true loveIn the end love finds a way through hard work courage honestly and doing the right thing It could be a YA novel if the three pages describing women’s breasts were omitted lol the women dive wearing only loin cloths The novel published in 1954 is rich in local color and in descriptive detail of a way of life housing cooking dress that is now gone Even the women divers are only there for tourists now Like the Greek sponge divers in Tarpon Springs Florida The story has been made into a movie in Japan several times While writing this review I happened to come across this article about Japanese Nobel Prize winners Yasunari Kawabata 1968; Kenzaburo Oe 1968 and how Mishima basically ‘campaigned’ for the prize and the hope of fans that Haruki Murakami might eventually win one photo of a traditional Japanese village from artmajeurcomAbalone divers from libraryucsdeduThe author from wikimediacommonscom

review 潮騒 [Shiosai]

潮騒 ShiosaiAnd Hatsue the beautiful daughter of the wealthiest man in the village Shinji is entranced at the sight of Hatsue in the twilight. You must remember thisA kiss is still a kissA sigh is just a sighThe fundamental things applyAs time goes by The most enduring stories are often very simple Boy meets girl they like each other the world conspires to drive them apart they remain faithful to each other and in the end they may be reunited or forever alone His name is Shinji her name is Hatsue but for most of the book they are referred to as 'the boy' and 'the girl' The boy is a poor fisherman whose father has been killed in the war and now he has to work to support his mother and little brother The girl is a pearl diver who has been recalled home by her rich father after being sent for adoption a long time ago They live on a small island in the picturesue Gulf of Ise their daily lives following a pattern set down since ancient times by the phases of the moon and the turning of the seasons Few of them are aware or care about the modern times and the sophistication of the mainland Japan Their lives are complete in their traditions and routines and their ambitions are narrow a boat a house children to carry on honouring the ancestors and the family nameThe author uotes as his source of inspiration a visit to Greece and the history of Daphnys and Chloe the same legend that has inspired in XVI century France the popular Arcadian or Pastoral poetry and pageants Instead of shepherds and shepherdesses Mishima chooses fishermen and pearl divers but the basic premise of innocence and purity being threatened by envious modernists civilization as the enemy is present here While Shinji and Hatsue are presented as either unaware or immune to the temptations of carnal love Chiyoko and Yasuo the two youngsters who are responsible for driving them apart are selfish and insecure and jealous It is implied that both of them have been tainted by spending too much time on the mainland Chiyoko at university in Tokyo and Yasuo in seaside towns where he takes care of his father's shipping business The contrast between tradition and emancipation may reflect Mishima's own conservative political views although this is one of his early novels and I understand that the far right drift manifested itself later in the author's career One of his other signature touches is the fascination with suicide present here in the young Chiyoko storyline and argued as a valid way to restore honour after making a mistakeI have used the world pastoral earlier but I believe it is misleading There is a strong lyrical sense and metaphor in the novel and an untainted natural environment but it reminds me of the Italian neorealism in cinema of Passolini Fellini Rossellini and Visconti with their amateur actors and their working class poetry I see the translation into a Japanese setting in the minimalist yet luminous and clear etched prose of Mishima in the constant awareness of nature where every coastal pine every sea channel and gulf every mountain fading to blue in the distance is arranged with the attention to detail and the symbolism of a Hokusai woodcut I have only one example of the imagery that charmed me in the novel from a visit Shinji and his mother make to the local cemetery In the pale light of daybreak the gravestones looked like so many white sails of boats anchored in a busy harbor They were sails that would never again be filled with wind sails that too long unused and heavily dropping had been turned into stone just as they were The boats' anchors had been thrust so deeply into the dark earth that they could never again be raised Of all the metaphors in the novel the stronges