>>7318984 Temple of the Golden Pavilion first. If you like the interior monologues try Confessions of a Mask and Forbidden Colors. If you like the nihilism try the Sailor Who Fell From Grace with the Sea. If you like all of those try tackling the Sea of Fertility.
>>7320389 There's a central character (who's not always the protagonist) that connects the books. The stories have very different themes since that central character is on different stages of his life on each book. You can love one of them and find another boring. I fucking love them all.
>>7318984 I randomly read Confession of a Mask first and I think it's the best to start since it's kind of autobiographical and it helps you understand better his other books. I've read online opinions of people who've read The Sailor, which I assume it was their only Mishima book, and they completely misinterpreted it. Well, maybe they are also retarded, but I chose to believe it's due to not having read Confessions.
>>7320450 I was already a little into Buddhist philosophy (loved how Mishima explains how the different schools oppose, the concept of the Samsara and the comparation between Buddhism and Ancient Greek philosophy). The parts where he talks about India and their death-centered traditions were great. I also liked Honda becoming a pervert after a life of being an exemplary citizen, and his relationship with his wife. It gave depth to his character, which had been barely developed during Runnaway Horses. Maybe not as great as this last one, which is one of the best books I've ever read, but still really good.
Anyway, as I said, the four books are really different from each other, and this is part of what makes the tetralogy great. They really give you the feeling of History in general, and honda as a person, changing over time.
>>7319418 it's not bad since it shows variety and isn't all heavy-handed in mishima's philosophy. if you like patriotism then read more mishima. if you thought it was retarded then move on to a different author. preferably kenzaburo oe.
no, it's not. stupid "muh samurai honor" ..."long live muh emperor" must kill muhself because that would be better than being stuck with shitty options. oh muh lovely wife will kill herself to save her honor too.
give me a fucking break. human life is the greatest art. mishima failed to see it in overly romanticizing ideas that were long overdue to die. picture an Ignatius j reily who jerked off to violence and juvenile ideas of beauty. that's mishima.
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