49 Replies to “Confessions of a Mask – Yukio Mishima”

  1. Great review. Mishima is my personal favorite artist in any medium. No other writer truly lived by every principal they expressed as stridently as he did. After coming to a full understanding and appreciation of his work and his life, I realized that all creative expression after his death stands firmly in the shadow of what he did and the daunting reality of what his life represented, whether anyone is aware of it or not.

  2. This review is awesome keep it up! (next to the book chemist this is truly one of the best in the so called "booktube")

    Any fan of this book would probably also enjoy Osamu Dazai's No Longer Human released in 48 Just before the author comitted suicide and is still one of the most popular japanese novels. It is also semi-autobiografic and follows Yozo a man who feels disqualified from being a human and the absolute tragedy that is his life as he struggles to fit in the japanese society.

  3. I have 2 questions :
    1) Why dont you like post death grips fantano?
    2) what are your tips on not getting a second chin from reading and keeping the head tilted down so much?

  4. Great book! Read it only 3 months ago and loved it. Two questions: Is this the only book or novel in which Mishima writes about (his) homosexuality? And: Is the Paul Schrader biopic worth watching?

  5. “I respect Mishima. He had sensitivity in his work and it fitted in with his life. His work is absolutely beautiful! Full of kindness and beautiful music. And he built up his body – he had a really strong physique. He was tremendously sensitive…”–Richey Edwards

  6. I read Confessions of a Mask last year for a humanities class and it became one of my all time favorites. One of my best friends was in the same class and we still discuss it on a regular basis. Great book.

  7. God damn, I just can't put into words how much I adore Mishima. His prose is so fucking meaty and gorgeous. So sad to see his legacy watered down to pigeonholed politics, Mishima rises above petty political squabbles, he's such a searingly unique mind. Even his "lighter" works like Sound Of Waves are fucking phenomenal, totally unbeatable.

  8. Great review. Talking about Mishima and briefly referencing Huysmans in the same video… awesome!
    I love Mishima. Have you read all of "The Sea of Fertility"? And "The Temple of the Golden Pavilion"? For me The Sea of Fertility is his masterpiece, it has everything (philosophy, politics, spirituality, mortality, history, etc.).
    By the way, as soon as I have some time I'll willingly make French subtitles for you videos if necessary. I'm writing a dissertation on mythology in cinema at the moment (something I'd love to expand into a book someday), while working and studying, so I lack time and energy for other things, but I'll let you know as soon as I can help.
    If ever you come to France, come to Dijon and say hello!
    Have a nice day or evening.

  9. On my list for a long time already ! I love the Sea of fertility series, but havent read this one. I will definitely now, thanks. Do you have a Goodreads account?

  10. Thanks for this, CLS. Been trying to read more outside of my comfort zone of just English and French authors. Currently working through Murakami and with this you've totally sold me on Mishima. Can't wait to check this one out.

  11. I love this book and I loved this review. Mishima portrays wonderfully how it feels to be in the closet, to pretend to be someone else, to try to change you innermost nature. All painfully.

  12. Yukio Mishima is one of my favorite authors (as people can probably tell by my nom d'cyber), and I was glad to see this vid in my notifications.

    If you are going to do another Mishima work, I would love to see a review of The Temple of the Golden Pavilion, which I believe is his best work.

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