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ISBN: 0140045554
Author: YUKIO MISHIMA
Language: English
Publisher: PENGUIN BOOKS LTD; New Ed edition (1978)
Pages: 160
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.7
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Also by Yukio Mishima. This book is sold subject to the condition that it shall not, by way of trade or otherwise, be lent, resold, hired out, or otherwise circulated without the publisher’s prior consent in any form of binding or cover other than that in which it is published and without a similar condition, including this condition, being imposed on the subsequent purchaser. Originally published in Japanese as Ai No Kawaki by Shinchosa. This translation was first published in the United States in 1969 by. Alfred A. Knopf, Inc, New York.

Thirst for Love book. Yukio Mishima's protagonist is Etsuko, whose philandering husband has died horribly from typhoid. The young widow moves into the household of her father-in-law, where she numbly submits In Thirst for Love, Japan's greatest modern writer created a portrait of sexual torment and corrosive jealousy that is as delicately nuanced as Madame Bovary and as remorseless as Justine.

Yukio Mishima committed seppuku (Japanese ritual suicide) just after finishing 'Decay of the Angel' the final book in that series. Other Mishima novels to read (probably before this one): Spring Snow: The Sea of Fertility, 1 The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea After the Banquet And for some amazing short stories: Acts of Worship: Seven Stories. Published in 1950 Thirst for Love was one of Mishima's early novels and written shortly after his Confessions of a Mask which had already gained him celebrated public acclaim.

Thirst for Love (or 愛の渇き, Ai no Kawaki) is a 1950 novel by the Japanese writer Yukio Mishima. The word "kawaki" literally means thirst, but has a sense of parched dryness associated with it. Thirst for Love is Mishima's third novel, following the immensely successful Confessions of a Mask (1949). Unlike the coming of age of a male narrator in Confessions, Mishima may have deliberately moved to a woman protagonist and a third person narrative.

The old setter Maggie, tied in the shed in back, lifted her ears at the sound of a pack of wild dogs passing through the orchard and the grove nearby. as if complaining of her solitary confinement. The wild dogs paused in their rustling passage through the bamboo grass and answered her. Etsuko, a light sleeper, awoke. Any tiny, ordinary hope would suffice.

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After the early death of her philandering husband, Etsuko moves into her father-in-law's house, where she numbly submits to the old man's advances. But soon she finds herself in love with the young servant Saburo. Tormented by his indifference, yet invigorated by her desire, she makes her move, with catastrophic consequences. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate.

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Yukio Mishima was born into a samurai family and imbued with the code of complete control over mind and body, and loyalty to the Emperor - the same code that produced the austerity and self-sacrifice of Zen. He wrote countless stories and thirty-three plays, in some of which he performed.

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After the early death of her philandering husband, Etsuko moves into her father-in-law's house, where she numbly submits to the old man's advances. But soon she finds herself in love with the young servant Saburo. Tormented by his indifference, yet invigorated by her desire, she makes her move, with catastrophic consequences.

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Uleran
Disclaimer: I am a HUGE Yukio Mishima fan. Like most of his other novels, this book shows off his wonderful writing style and prose. Probably the best two aspects of this novel are the prose and the theme. What is weakest (as many other reviewers state) is the characterization.

Etsuko is really the only character that Mishima fleshed out. Yakichi is well characterized by his constant inability to act on things. But otherwise, the remaining characters all seem to be rather flat archetypes. The pseudo-intellectual and his wife, Saburo the bumbling gardener that Etsuko lusts after, and the housekeeper (Miho was it?) who rarely appears and when she does she is a sniveling mess.

Now on to one point: Koreyoshi Kurahara directed an AMAZING adaptation of this novel. This is one of those very rare instances where I think the film adaptation was better than the novel. Knowing Mishima and his fondness for stage and screen, I think he may have imagined the story playing out almost as a play or on the screen but then adapted it to a novel form. This is also apparent because of the setting mostly in and around the family household. Plus, the dinner near the end is so much creepier with Beethoven's 5th symphony being played loudly by one of the family members.

Link for the Criterion release of the film (in a set): Eclipse Series 28: The Warped World of Koreyoshi Kurahara (Intimidation, The Warped Ones, I Hate But Love, Black Sun, Thirst for Love) (Criterion Collection)

The theme however, and the philosophical questions posed, are deep and meaningful. The relationship of Etsuko, widowed and involved in a romantic relationship with her father-in-law is very strange yet rooted in classical literature and psychology. The constant reminders of the decay of the classic Japanese family is apparent with every page.

Etsuko is really the only morally strong character - and I mean that because she stands up for her beliefs, misguided as they may be. It's interesting to see the other characters talk a line of BS, but really fail to say anything meaningful or to act on their own beliefs. The fact that they are so ineffectual serves as a metaphor for the traditional Japanese country families who wanted things to get better, and always talked about making things better, but never acted on it.

Mishima constantly bemoaned the future of Japan, believing Japanese tradition was being sacrificed in the name of progress. This message is much more clearly illustrated in his other novels I feel. I will list a few recommended novels by this amazing author, but suffice to say the Sea of Fertility tetrology is one of his most important contributions to world literature. Yukio Mishima committed seppuku (Japanese ritual suicide) just after finishing 'Decay of the Angel' the final book in that series.

Other Mishima novels to read (probably before this one):
Spring Snow: The Sea of Fertility, 1
The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea
After the Banquet
And for some amazing short stories:
Acts of Worship: Seven Stories

I have read many, but not all of Mishima's works, so please add any other recommendations under comments. Thanks!
Rarranere
Published in 1950 Thirst for Love was one of Mishima's early novels and written shortly after his Confessions of a Mask which had already gained him celebrated public acclaim. The novel is set on a ten acre property on the outskirts of Osaka owned by Yakichi, a retired businessman and widower in his sixties but wishing to return to traditional life living off the land. With Yakichi is his indolent intellectual son Kensuke and his wife Cheiko, daughter-in-law Asako (whose husband is in Siberia) 8 year old daughter Nobuko and 5 year old son Natsuo, and the recently widowed third daughter-in-law Etsuko. The household is completed by a young peasant maid Miyo and 18 year old gardener, Saburo. Mishima focuses on the relationships between the above especially Etsuko whose husband had been a very unfaithful philanderer and now Etsuko has become the mistress of her father-in-law, Yakichi. Her passionate obsession is for the young tanned and good looking gardener, Saburo. Saburo is a naïve innocent young man who is having a physical relationship with Miyo and unaware of Etsuko's obsession and jealousy. Mishima's contrasts the relationships in the household: the intellectual cynical detached relationship of Kensuke and Chieko and the physical but loveless relationship between Miyo and Saburo. The mix of love, sex, death, obsession, jealousy is central to a number of Mishima's works and Thirst for Love lacks appeal largely for the very detached manner the characters interact. Mishima's writing I enjoy and I have loved several of his other novels Confessions of a Mask, Spring Snow and Forbidden Colours but Thirst for Love is not as good. There are moments of brilliance such as the detailed account of a Festival with a Lion, green mane streaming and the frenzied activity of the half naked young men following behind. The ending was difficult to comprehend especially the physical tidying up by Yakichi and Etsuko, all rather odd to me. Thirst for Love is an appropriate title for there is no love in this book and to satisfy thirst I would suggest reading another of Mishima's novels.

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