The Frolic of the Beasts by Yukio Mishima

The Frolic of the Beasts

Translated into English for the first time, a gripping short novel about an affair gone wrong, from the author of the Sea of Fertility tetralogy.Set in rural Japan shortly after World War II, The Frolic of the Beasts tells the story of a strange and utterly absorbing love triangle between a former university student, Kōji; his would-be mentor, the eminent literary critic Ippei Kusakudo; and Ippei’s beautiful, enigmatic wife, Yūko. When brough...

Details The Frolic of the Beasts

TitleThe Frolic of the Beasts
Release DateNov 27th, 2018
GenreFiction, Cultural, Japan, Asian Literature, Japanese Literature

Reviews The Frolic of the Beasts

  • Runwright
    With exaggerated characters and recurring poetry that echoes like a refrain, The Frolic of Beasts reads like an tragicomic opera, and who will emerge as hero or villain will be determined by whose story you find most sympathetic.Read my full review here:
  • Graham Wilhauk
    BEAUTIFUL book. I am SO happy that we FINALLY got another Mishima novel translated into English. This is a BIG step in the right direction for Vintage Books and the publishing world in general. Ok, maybe it's not a GIGANTIC step, but it is a step that I found to be EXTREMELY worthwhile. If this novel does well in the states, than we may get the rest of his books translated in the near future. Also, in my opinion, this is a GREAT book. It isn't pe...
  • Vitani Days
    Fra i libri di Mishima, sicuramente il più ostico che io abbia letto finora. La premessa doverosa è che Mishima è un autore che, se lo si apprezza, merita sempre una lettura. Fosse anche solo per una prosa che è sempre di una bellezza sconcertante, elegante, calibratissima. Una prosa che certe volte va letta ad alta voce proprio per essere assaporata meglio, complice un uso estremamente attento ed evocativo di immagine e figura retorica.Circa...
  • Giovanna
    Ho qualche difficoltà con gli autori giapponesi,poiché non riesco ad immedesimarmi completamente nella psicologia dei personaggi.Questa volta però devo dire che è stato diverso, e nonostante la prosa un po' manierata e la contemplazione estetica della natura a tratti un po' sdolcinata,il libro mi è piaciuto.Mi hanno trascinato avanti,curiosa e impaziente di sapere come si sarebbe svolto l'epilogo della vicenda,la tensione del dramma imminent...
  • Heather
    Many thanks to NetGalley for sending me an advanced reader's copy of The Frolic of Beasts in exchange for an honest review.The Folic of Beasts was initially written by Yukio Mishima in the 1960s and this is the first edition to be translated into English.I'm a big fan of Japanese fiction, specially authors Haruki Murakami and Kazuo Ishiguro, so when I first cracked open this book, I expected something of that sort. And that is exactly what I got!...
  • Shekenah
    **I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own****3.5 Stars**This was a very intriguing, well-written novel. It did take me a bit to really engage with it. Initially it seems like a pretty basic premise, but the prose makes it standout.
  • Ken
    When a young Japanese student falls into the orbit of a beautiful woman and her husband, he is driven to an act of violence that unites the three in a corrupt love triangle fueled by desire and repentance. And that one impulsive act relentlessly leads to more brutality in the poetically written novel The Frolic of the Beasts.This novel by Yukio Mashima was first published in Japan in 1961 and has now received its first English translation. Mishim...
  • Alessandro Margheriti
    In un'atmosfera rarefatta e inquietante seppur calma, l'autore più che narrare dipinge con grazia ed eleganti pennellate la storia di un delitto passionale.Non è il migliore dei suoi, ma è molto ben scritto.