Forbidden Colors by Yukio Mishima

By Yukio Mishima

My experiment at three hundred dpi, OCR'd. Translated through Alfred H. Marks.

Amazon quote: Mishima's "Forbidden Colors" is in many ways a depressing, homoerotic, post-modern allusion to Dickens' "Great Expectations", with the attractive Yuichi changing the outwardly-impeccable Estella. in contrast to Dickens extra direct variety, even though, Mishima's writing is difficult to learn, with layer upon layer of metaphor and allusion.
This isn't really a contented tale. The characters are deeply wrong, and their struggles to beat their lackings are usually futile. the main deserving characters finally end up with the least, whereas Yuichi's good looks includes him via a whirlwind of undeserved fortune.
While studying this ebook is a considerable funding of time, the sordid fantastic thing about writing, in addition to its strange topics, made me suppose as though my time used to be spent properly. a good ebook for an individual attracted to eastern counter-culture!

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When he looked carefully he could see black human shapes within the windows, moving, stopping when the m1,1sic stopped. When it stopped he could feel his pulse quicken. He recited Shunsuke's words to himself as if invoking a charm. " Yuichi ripped off his necktie and laced it like a whip against the iron railing of the balcony. He needed to act, to use his power. Finally, when the lights were out, he had to fall back on his imaginative powers. Impersonation is a superlative act of creativity. While involved in impersonation, however, Yuichi felt that he had nothing to impersonate.

You hope things work out so that you can betray this marriage you have entered less than wholeheartedly. In general, young people insist on believing that love can vindicate selfinterest. Now, there is something you can depend on in the integrity of a mercenary man like me. Your squeamishness comes from some fuzziness in your· own integrity. Take the marriage portion and save it for alimony. That money doesn't obligate you. From what you said before, if you had four or five hundred thousand, you could keep your present house and bring your bride home there.

Tonight's vermilion, however, was somehow different. The edge of the sky was quite clearly intoxicated. Since the moon had not yet risen, that drunkenness stood out in the light of the faint stars. Not only that, the faint vermilion was fluttering. Striped in smoggy apricot, it looked like a mysterious flag fluttering in the wind. Yuichi recognized it as a fire. At the same time there wa8 a darkening of the white smoke around the flame. The beautiful youth's eyes were cloudy with desire. His flesh throbbed languidly.

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