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5.0 von 5 Sternen Mishima's best
Above all, I love Yukio Mishima's incredible storytelling voice. In Confessions of a Mask, he creates a character so rich and realistic you can feel him in the room with you. And the protagonist of Confessions is so wonderfully CANDID. He knows that he make mistakes but also score triumphs, he admits his guilty pleasures to us sheepishly, he feels shame and remorse. And...
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2.0 von 5 Sternen An obscure, never appropriate, hard-to-digest style...
...of writing stories. How disappointed ! The plot had everything to be somber and flamboyant. But Mishima's style was so heavy with far-fetched metaphors, look, it just spoiled everything. Well, he didn't prove very successful in building sound genuine characters with a psychological coherence either. Rather shadows or even frail paper puppets. For instance, there's...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Mishima's best, 4. März 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Confessions of a Mask (New Directions Paperbook) (Taschenbuch)
Above all, I love Yukio Mishima's incredible storytelling voice. In Confessions of a Mask, he creates a character so rich and realistic you can feel him in the room with you. And the protagonist of Confessions is so wonderfully CANDID. He knows that he make mistakes but also score triumphs, he admits his guilty pleasures to us sheepishly, he feels shame and remorse. And he sees everything with a clear eye, and speaks with the voice of a man who has stepped so far away from his life that he know himself better but feels his own feelings less. Mishima's prose is menacing and fast-paced, but it's the creation of this unique personality, and the time he takes to let us get to know him, that makes this Confessions of a Mask Mishima's best.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Oppression and being gay, 22. November 1998
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Confessions of a Mask (New Directions Paperbook) (Taschenbuch)
This book operates on several levels, as an existential novel, portrait of war-time Japan, and as a coming of age story. I will leave it to others to comment on the other aspects of the book. As a gay story, the author confronts his present and future as a homosexual in a society that hardly recognized the existence of such persons. It is a tragic, but surprisingly not depressing, story written in direct, occasionally dark, prose.
As a gay man, I have given this book to several of my straight friends to help them understand the complex feelings gays, especially those coming out, have about their identity and place in society.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Mishsima tells it like it is, 9. April 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Confessions of a Mask (New Directions Paperbook) (Taschenbuch)
Often people draw a definite line between being homosexual and straight, and once you know who you are you always know. Mishima, in detail, describes the inner conflicts of growing up gay. Dealing with the confusions of being able to find a woman beautiful at charming and yet being able to go no further. It is an excellent book for someone doubting themselves right now or for friends or family to know exactly what their loved one had to struggle with for many years and in some ways may still be struggling with.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Harrowing, brutal, 30. Juni 1998
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--those words only begin to describe this claustrophobic, asphyxiating novel which is really an exercise in language as torture, prose as death sentence. Confessions of a Mask is a remarkable revelation of self and affirmation. It's hard to get a handle on Mishima's influence, but it's harder still to imagine very much of the grim and quite tedious prose coming from "the underground" today without bowing hard in Mishima's direcetion. Highly recommended.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen An obscure, never appropriate, hard-to-digest style..., 5. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Confessions of a Mask (New Directions Paperbook) (Taschenbuch)
...of writing stories. How disappointed ! The plot had everything to be somber and flamboyant. But Mishima's style was so heavy with far-fetched metaphors, look, it just spoiled everything. Well, he didn't prove very successful in building sound genuine characters with a psychological coherence either. Rather shadows or even frail paper puppets. For instance, there's a very important passage, in the first chapters, where the author has Yûichi bursting in the room of a total stranger, and confessing his homosexuality. If one decides to base his whole plot on such a hard-to-believe unlikelihood, then, one should be able to master the narrative difficulties it recquires. But Mishima handled it so awkwardly, it didn't seem the least bit psychologically sound to me. You know why I feel sorry ? Well, I really expected very much of such a plot. Something ardent. In the french translation I have, it is said Mishima wrote popular novels printed in largely circulated newspapers as well as refined literary works. Someone tell me to which one of these two sorts "Confessions of a mask" belongs so that I adjust my opinion, if it is needed. I don't know Mishima very well, and I do hope this was not Mishima at his best. Read between Kawabata (Howard Hibbett's translations at Vintage are wonderful)and Tanizaki, Mishima suffers from the comparison. There seems to be no end to my lament. Looks like I really hated it, eh ? One passage I liked was :"They unavoidably obliged him to admit that this society functionned upon the fundamental principle of heterosexuality, this boring, eternal principle of the voice of the majority." Aaaanyway, the singularity of the plot of "Confessions..." (it's all it has)may suffice if you're not too demanding a reader.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The best book to start with the work of Mishima, 2. Februar 1998
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Confessions of a Mask (New Directions Paperbook) (Taschenbuch)
It tells the discovering of Mishima's gay identity, during the second world war and after. Very easy to read, very deep. It should be on everyone's shelf. Loic Barriere
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