The Sound of Waves

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Penguin, 1980 - Fiction - 182 pages
216 Reviews
A poor fisherman longs to meet the young and beautiful pearl diver who has enthralled the Japanese village
 

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Elegant spare writing, a realistic love story. - Goodreads
The bad thing about this book was the ending. - Goodreads
Excellent prose & descriptions. - Goodreads
Beautiful love story. - Goodreads
The ending wasn't very good. - Goodreads
It is sweet and easy to read and it ends happily! - Goodreads

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User Review  - Lexi Diaz - Goodreads

Started with the first 40 pages (yawn), then picked it back up almost 2 years later and it was pretty good! A traditional Japanese love story. Read full review

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User Review  - Matthew - Goodreads

Beautifully written. Like floating in an oasis, more than a story usually does. Mishima was a tortured man, but he was an excellent writer. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
11
Section 3
26
Section 4
33
Section 5
55
Section 6
64
Section 7
82
Section 8
109
Section 9
119
Section 10
135
Section 11
147
Section 12
166
Section 13
176
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About the author (1980)

Yukio Mishima, the pseudonym for Hiraoka Kimitake, was born in Tokyo in 1925. His work covers many styles: poetry, essays, modern Kabuki ja Noh drama, and novels. Among his masterpieces are The Temple of the Golden Pavilion, and the four-volume novel Sea of Fertility, which outlines the Japanese experience in the 20th century. Each of the four volumes in this series has a distinct title--Spring Snow, Runaway Horses, The Temple of Dawn, and Five Signs of a God's Decay--and they were published over a six-year period, from 1965-1970. Mishima's plays include Tenth Day Chrysanthemum, and the Kabuki piece The Moon Like a Drawn Bow. Although Mishima was been nominated three times for the Nobel Prize for Literature, he never received it. Nevertheless, he is considered by many critics as one of the most important Japanese novelists of the 20th century. Yukio Mishima died by his own hand in 1970, committing seppuku (ritual disembowelment).

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