- Yukio Mishima (Critical Survey of Drama, Second Revised Edition)
- Yukio Mishima (Cyclopedia of World Authors, Fourth Revised Edition)
- Yukio Mishima (Dictionary of World Biography: The 20th Century)
- Yukio Mishima (Critical Survey of Long Fiction, Fourth Edition)
- Yukio Mishima (Critical Survey of Short Fiction, Second Revised Edition)
At a glance:
- Author: Yukio Mishima
- First Published: 1956
- Type of Work: Psychological realism
- Time of Work: The early 1940’s through July 2, 1950
- Setting: Japan, most notably Cape Nariu and Kyoto
- Characters: Mizoguchi, Tsurukawa, Kashiwagi, Father Tayama Dosen
- Genres: Long fiction, Psychological fiction, Novel
- Subjects: 1950's, Maturation or coming of age, 1940's, Alienation, Friendship, Beauty, War, Death or dying, Japan or Japanese people, Monasteries, monks, or monasticism, Temples, Zen Buddhism
- Locales: Asia, Japan, Kyoto, Japan
In The Temple of the Golden Pavilion, Mizoguchi narrates the story of his troubled life from his middle school years until age twenty-one, when he commits what he considers to be an inevitable deed. From the beginning of his narration, Mizoguchi stresses his isolation and feelings of alienation: Born on a remote cape to impoverished parents, a physically frail only child, he recognizes early that he is ugly and that his speech impediment—a stutter—locks him away from easy communication with the rest of the world. He lives virtually in an inner...
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