July 22, 2017

Forbidden Colours by Yukio Mishima

The story of how Shinsuke (an old author) befriends a young man he believes he can use to wreak his revenge on womankind. The hit list includes the intriguing Mrs Kaburagi, and the shopping obsessed Kyoko. Yuichi (the young man) turns out to be homosexual and ends up living at least 3 different lives – his life at home with his motherForbidden Colours by Yukio Mishima and wife, Shinsuke’s revenge on women, and his inhabiting of Tokyo’s homosexual underworld. The plot weaves and twists with the characters from his separate lives intertwining when you least expect it, and when Yuichi least needs it.

I enjoyed the book, and the story, but it was a little long winded in places. There’s back story that seems unnecessary for the rest of the book, and also a lot of Shinsuke’s philosophising. (although I have been told that that makes more sense if you’ve studied Buddhism).

There were some interesting similarities with Wilde’s Dorian Grey – with the older man using the unfathomable beauty of the younger man as a plaything.

Forbidden Colours by Yukio Mishima – Definitely worth reading, although it is rather hard going.

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