The Temple of the Golden Pavilion by Yukio Mishima

Mizoguchi has been mentally troubled since he witnessed his mother's infidelity in the presence of his dying father. Mizoguchi feels utterly abandoned and alone until he becomes a pdest at Kinka-kuji, a famous Buddhist temple in Kyoto. Failing in his quest to find the warmth of human companionship in the temple, the young man, tormented by the temple's exquisite beauty, decides to destroy himself and all he loves. He feels he cannot live in peace as long as the temple exists. Mizoguchi, like many other troubled Mishima heroes, becomes obsessed with unattainable ideals. The Temple of the Golden Pavilion reflects Mishima's preoccupations with beauty and death in a clear and unmistakable manner. It is also an excellent example of a theme that frequently arises in Mishima's work: the resentment of the obj ect of desire. Because this novel, arguably Mishima's best, reflects the author's suicidal tendencies, it also offers us insight into one of the twentieth century's greatest and most complex literary icons.

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The 452nd greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 41st on In Which These Are the 100 Greatest Novels (ThisRecording.com)
  2. - The New Lifetime Reading Plan (The New Lifetime Reading Plan)
  3. - 100 Life-Changing Books (National Book Award)

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Temple Of The Golden Pavilion Mass Market Paperback 1924552 $25.00 $4.95
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The Temple Of The Golden Pavilion Paperback 10255025 $2.88 1987
The Temple Of The Golden Pavilion Translated by Ivan Morris. Introduction by Nancy Wilson Ross. Drawings by Fumi Komatsu Paperback 11168911 $4.99
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The Temple of the Golden Pavilion (Everyman's Library Contemporary Classics Series) Hardcover 471604 $14.93 $9.00 1995