On page 158 Mr. Ross states: "Writers are storytellers and frequently cannot resist applying their creative capacities to embroidering their own stories". This is an odd statement since one can levy the same charge against the author. This is one of those books that made me wonder whether it was really worthwhile finishing the second half or moving on to something more satisfying, such as an actual book by Yukio Mishima. I did both and found "The Sailor Who Fell from Grace With the Sea" the far better read.
The Mishima story, particularly his suicide (seppuku), is well known and has been retold numerous times in all its gory detail. Enter Mr. Ross wondering whatever happened to the sword used to separate his head from the rest of his body. Somehow this genesis feels a bit like a bunch of mildly stoned over-the-hill hippies sitting around wondering whatever happened to OJ Simpson's Bronco or to whatever implement Manson used to carve a swastika into his otherwise unblemished forehead. These days perhaps either topic is sufficient as the basis for a book. Given the mythology surrounding Mishima maybe this was irresistible to the publishers, perhaps more so since Mr. Ross can speak with some credibility on topics like Japanese martial arts, the Tokyo subway system, and, at the end of his research, sado-masochistic practices in contemporary Japan.
As a book this is kind of a mishmash of stories about Mishima, about Japan, and about Mr. Ross. Much of it feels fragmented. One hopes that in the end it will come together as something memorable, but it just doesn't. Even the final name-dropped quotation is by Wittgenstein, not Mishima, which is less than one would hope for at that point.
Perhaps it's a zen thing that I am just too dumb to understand... At least I think Mr. Ross owes us an explanation for his tummy ache given that he devoted so much time discussing it.
- 语种： 英语
- ISBN: 0306815680
- 条形码: 9780306815683
- 商品尺寸: 14 x 0.6 x 21 cm
- 商品重量: 313 g
- ASIN: 0306815680
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