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!Free Kindle ⚖ Forbidden Colors ☼ From one of Japan s greatest modern writers comes an exquisitely disturbing novel of sexual combat and concealed passion, a work that distills beauty, longing, and loathing into an intoxicating poisoned cocktail An aging, embittered novelist sets out to avenge himself on the women who have betrayed him He finds the perfect instrument in Yuichi, a young man whose beauty makes him irresistible to women but who is just discovering his attraction to other menAs Yuichi s mentor presses him into a loveless marriage and a series of equally loveless philanderings, his prot g enters the gay underworld of postwar Japan In that hidden society of parks and tearooms, prostitutes and aristocratic blackmailers, Yuichi is as defenseless as any of the women he preys on Mordantly observed, intellectually provocative, and filled with icy eroticism, Forbidden Colors is a masterpiece as with all other books by Mishima i have read, the writing style, twisting of sentences, use of extravagant imagery and downright beauty of the whole book is what makes this read so phenomenally amazing Forbidden Colours is veiled with prose so insanely beautiful, it s often easy to over look the horrifically cruel and emotionally gutting plot I believe that to be the point, and exactly why i put it as one of my favourite all time reads There is not one redeeming feature in any of the charac as with all other books by Mishima i have read, the writing style, twisting of sentences, use of extravagant imagery and downright beauty of the whole book is what makes this read so phenomenally amazing Forbidden Colours is veiled with prose so insanely beautiful, it s often easy to over look the horrifically cruel and emotionally gutting plot I believe that to be the point, and exactly why i put it as one of my favourite all time reads There is not one redeeming feature in any of the characters, all are mistreated or mistreat others, and if a positive feature does arise, Mishima skillfully uses this feature to slowly destroy another character, or the character him herself Everyone in it unravels by their own hand, leading towards a culmination of broken hearts, much like an emotional train wreck The book starts as it means to go on, with a rather grotesque display of womanizing, which is passed on and on and on in various guises through other characters, each time ramping up the knock on effects, and thus the book continually stirs the pot of human greed, weakness, destruction and fake love into such vile looking substance, it s a miracle that Mishima manages to keep the beauty and grace of his writing centre stage with the characters and plot looking like a rotting joint of meat, Mishima garnishes it with flowers of such transfixing intoxication, it reads like a lavish banquet For those who don t know, Yukio Mishima is one of Japan s most revered writers of the 20th century He committed suicide in 1970 that tragic and noble ritualistic way they have over there, and he was probably gay, though he was definitely married to a woman This novel is, above all, a harsh critique of marriage Like Thomas Mann, the story begins with an aged, single, famous writer Shunsuk at the beach, gazing upon the impossibly beautiful body of a young male Yuichi, much older than Mann For those who don t know, Yukio Mishima is one of Japan s most revered writers of the 20th century He committed suicide in 1970 that tragic and noble ritualistic way they have over there, and he was probably gay, though he was definitely married to a woman This novel is, above all, a harsh critique of marriage Like Thomas Mann, the story begins with an aged, single, famous writer Shunsuk at the beach, gazing upon the impossibly beautiful body of a young male Yuichi, much older than Mann s Tadzio Shunsuk has been hurt, emotionally, and like embittered by two previous women he was with, and so he takes Yuichi under his proverbial wing as a kind of experiment.Yuichi is to marry a young woman, but confesses that he can t ever love a woman He feels nothing for the sex as a whole Shunsuk tells him that women should be treated as stupid animals, easily manipulated, and tells him to go through with it for the sake of power and position Then, throughout the rest of the novel, Shunsuk basically uses Yuichi s good looks to get him to seduce and emotionally destroy the very women who emotionally destroyed him.It s, clearly, a pretty angry book At one point Yuichi is walking with one of his many lovers throughout the book, and overhears a passing woman say something like Ugh, gays He blows up to his companion Them Them Yuichi ground his teeth They who pay three hundred and fifty yen for a lunch hour together in a hotel bed, and have their great love affair in the sight of heaven They who, if all goes well, build their rat s nest love nests They who, sleepy eyed, diligently multiply They who go out on Sundays with all their children to clearance sales at the department stores They who scheme out one or two stingy infidelities in their lifetimes They who always show off their healthy homes, their healthy morality, their common sense, their self satisfaction Victory, however, is always on the side of the commonplace Yuichi knew that all the scorn he could muster could not combat their natural scorn 238.So an angry book, but a pretty wise one This is the most articulate version I ve read of the idea that a gay man s anger or hatred toward the heterosexual order is always limited by the fact that he came from such an order, whereas a hetero can do everything possible to keep homosexuality out of his life all together, making his hatred for it real, powerful, and thorough.The copy on the back of my copy of the book is not so wise, however It interprets Yuichi s situation as being d rawn to homosexuality after a loveless marriage, as though gay sex were some logical form of therapy which for some married men maybe it is Mishima somewhat addresses this pre gay rights homosexual dilletantism late in the book, once Yuichi starts sleeping with Kawada, who is some important financial worker The homosexual of promise, whoever he is, is one who recognizes that certain manliness within himself, and loves it, and holds fast to it, and the masculine virtue that Kawada recognized in himself was his ever ready nineteenth century predilection for diligence A strange trap for one to be in As in that long ago warlike time, loving a woman was an effeminate act to Kawada any emotion that ran counter to his own masculine virtue seemed effeminate To samurai and homosexual the ugliest vice is femininity Even though their reasons for it differ, the samurai and the homosexual do not see manliness as instinctive but rather as something gained only from moral effort The ruin Kawada felt was moral ruin The reason that he was an adherent of the Conservative party lay in its policy of protecting the things that should have been his enemies the established order and the family system based on heterosexual love 380.Paging Larry Craig Mishima s narrator loves to butt in a lot like this with a grand, sometimes smirking knowingness about his characters, but it always feltcompanionable than intrusive All in all a pretty good novel, though I imagine his better known books those without, perhaps, so strong a need to delineate their author s desired position somewhere between the code of the samurai and that of the homosexual are better reads.Oh and there s this incredible sentence Drunker than if he had drunk sak , he was drunk on intoxication 222.Yes An early Mishima novel that shows him at his most paradoxical The style is mannered at times, realist at others It is highly referential to a specific post war Japanese culture, half way between defeat and economic miracle, and yet looks back to European decadent and classical literature.There are two barriers to understanding here First, we wonder whether the translator Alfred Marks has always been able to communicate the subtle behaviourial codes of an upper class that hovers between trad An early Mishima novel that shows him at his most paradoxical The style is mannered at times, realist at others It is highly referential to a specific post war Japanese culture, half way between defeat and economic miracle, and yet looks back to European decadent and classical literature.There are two barriers to understanding here First, we wonder whether the translator Alfred Marks has always been able to communicate the subtle behaviourial codes of an upper class that hovers between traditionalism and business Second, Mishima s partly satirical posturing on art and beauty through the cynical, bored and rather unpleasant novelist Shinsuke, will result in some small moments of dreariness Few of us in the twenty first century can get truly excited by debates on lost aesthetics.But these are relatively minor concerns because Mishima brilliantly portrays the homosexual underworld of post war Tokyo in a culture that disapproves of it butas a social weakness than as a moral failing It is unnatural but not evil.The mood is thus of turn of the century Europe rather than offering us the visceral horror of the deviant to be found in the then contemporary West and still to be found amongst many religious troglodytes in the Americas and Africa A sub culture is here denied entry into the wider culture on equal terms but it is allowed its dark space In that space, homosexuals seem to live a vacant and sad but tolerated life, albeit withthan a hint of desperation.Mishima when he is not posturing as the superior Japanese traditionalist able to bemodern than the moderns writes as brilliantly here as elsewhere He also has the ability to dissect formal heterosexual relationships as he does homosexual within a culture of shame rather than guilt.The character of Yuichi Yuchan to his homosexual associates , often taken to be Mishima himself, remains a cypher throughout a cool and self regarding person with a limited emotional range.What isinteresting is the way he impacts on others, giving us the paradox of the cool Mishima being able to define quite precisely the emotional responses of a range of figures his wife, his mother, a high born female, a shallow female and all grades of male lover.As a non procreative male, the extent of Mishima s imaginative genius can be found not only in his portayal of women but in his unsentimental portrayal of a new born baby while giving a good account of the way that Yuichi as a man can love both wife and baby as a father.The book is about the complexity, lack of fixedness, of love Yuichi is detached but no psychopath He can feel but his position as the object of projected desires means that he is often not allowed to by circumstances If he weakens , he may be denied access to his true nature for ever.This is the fascination of the book to see how a pure beauty without apparent moral content creates a range of desires and wants in others within a society that is layered with codes on what is acceptable or is not acceptable, wholly unlike our own in the West.It is no accident that the sophisticated novelist with a broad education brings cruelties and small evils into the world of Yuichi, whereas Yuichi merely acts, like an animal, according to his rather limited range of needs Shunsuke s desire for a vicious revenge on women shows a person who has ceased to function as a human being and has no place on the planet as a vindictive, dessicated old man who has lost his creative spark.His agent Yuichi is so detached that it becomes clear that the novelist is only half directing events The women he wants to humiliate are all humiliated through Yuichi but they retain their power and dignity and Shunsuke is left with nothing.Yuichi blithely sails through the events of the novel, somehow always landing on his feet like a cat, never feeling the pain he inflicts The book is an essay both in the injustice of life and on the Nietzschean position of a general object of desire in the world.As a result, although the actual sexual content is limited, the book gives off an aura of eroticism even when the reader like myself is very dominantly heterosexual What Mishima does, which is remarkable, is suggest to the male heterosexual reader what parts of himself as a male would re emerge intact within a homosexual male in other words, what it is about being a male that exists as essential whether one is gay or not.To make a heterosexual male empathetic to the world of the homosexual would be no mean feat today in the early 1950s, it would have been startling.But the book is not so much about homosexuality as about desire itself and the way that desire has a life that is farsignificant than any actual meaning to be placed in the desired object because, in the end, Yuichi is always simply an object who finds it reasonable to be an object.There are few occasions when Yuichi Yuchan expresses genuine unhappiness so long as he is following his true nature His cruelty is casual, the flow of the river through the easiest channel Shunsuke is malicious as are others but Yuchan is as disinterested in malice as in kindness.This a morality not immorality is perhaps what will shock most readers especially in one particularly nasty incident where a somewhat shallow bimbo who had hurt the novelist is seduced by the two conspirators trickery into being, in effect, raped by the novelist in the dark.The women are treated like objects in a very different sense but there is a sense that the novelist has seduced Yuichi into treating women as things through being directed into the realisation that everyone treats him as a thing even if he does not care overly.And, disturbingly, we have none of the hysterical self traumatizing of Western women but only a determined dignity where the impression is left that these women have come to terms with their position with fardignity than the ultimate loser in the game the manipulative novelist.The book brings us, the Westerner from a culture with a serious problem in managing desire , into a medium Japanese traditional culture that is alienating to the degree that desire is clearly given form and that this form is then articulated in almost ritualistic ways.By the end of the book, we are left wondering whether it would be better or worse to give desire its outlet through rigid codes and appropriate forms than as our culture did at that time deny it any role in formal society at all.Homosexuality was illegal in the UK at the time the book appeared but, being Japanese, nothing is illegal here, merely shameful Any English homosexual reading the translation at the time must have had mixed feelings about its message an acceptance and management of shame through combinations of secrecy, hypocrisy and denial but the vice being permitted nevertheless He might have lived with that Mishima lived his s m, militaristic, uber masculine gay fantasies In his 20s he bared his feelings in this troubling, often astonishing, novel where desire is an evil spirit to get drunk on Life, as he sees it, is a deceptive show in false face, headlining nakedplayers in a series of tableaux depicting Beauty, Sex, Death And the show, which spotlights lovelessness in Loveland, must always go on Mishima lived his sm, militaristic, uber masculine gay fantasies In his 20s he bared his feelings in this troubling, often astonishing, novel where desire is an evil spirit to get drunk on Life, as he sees it, is a deceptive show in false face, headlining nakedplayers in a series of tableaux depicting Beauty, Sex, Death And the show, which spotlights lovelessness in Loveland, must always go on Yuichi Yuichi Yuichi It s all a bit silly because he is so much Everyone falls in love with him, and the reader is pretty much the only person who doesn t get to bang him Mishima loves Yuichi too much for anything really bad to happen to him, but there s the threat that weird Shunsuke will win Will a Dorian Gray style having fun and breaking hearts makes you ugly kick in Will he end up killing himself Will he turn into an aged, make upped queen Shunsuke tries to push Yuichi too far, bu Yuichi Yuichi Yuichi It s all a bit silly because he is so much Everyone falls in love with him, and the reader is pretty much the only person who doesn t get to bang him Mishima loves Yuichi too much for anything really bad to happen to him, but there s the threat that weird Shunsuke will win Will a Dorian Gray style having fun and breaking hearts makes you ugly kick in Will he end up killing himself Will he turn into an aged, make upped queen Shunsuke tries to push Yuichi too far, but Mishima keeps him beautiful and keeps us in love with him Really unpleasant episode with dizzy socialitebut cut to Yuichi being charming with baby daughter Like an Asian version of that Athena poster, but less cheesy He saw the golden hair of the man s chest protruding from a gap in his shirt and felt as if he were being embraced by a great hornet On childbirth Yasuko s lower body moved like the mouth of a person vomiting To samurai and homosexual the ugliest vice is femininity After Yuichi left, however, this middle aged nobleman would be struck by mindless passion He would pace the narrow room dressed only in his robe Finally he would fall down on the rug and roll about In a small voice he would call out Yuichi s name hundreds of times If you ve never read Mishima before, don t start with this book Begin with his first book, CONFESSIONS OF A MASK, then read THE TEMPLE OF THE GOLDEN PAVILION, which is another great early book Then read the four classic novels he wrote just before he died, SPRING SNOW, RUNAWAY HORSES, THE TEMPLE OF DAWN, and DECAY OF THE ANGEL.FORBIDDEN COLORS is from the sagging middle of Mishima s career What s missing is the idealism and passion of his last great novels This is amundane world, not If you ve never read Mishima before, don t start with this book Begin with his first book, CONFESSIONS OF A MASK, then read THE TEMPLE OF THE GOLDEN PAVILION, which is another great early book Then read the four classic novels he wrote just before he died, SPRING SNOW, RUNAWAY HORSES, THE TEMPLE OF DAWN, and DECAY OF THE ANGEL.FORBIDDEN COLORS is from the sagging middle of Mishima s career What s missing is the idealism and passion of his last great novels This is amundane world, not because the main character is gay, but because he s not especially heroic or even very intelligent He has no vision for himself, he sa passive receptacle of other people s fantasies There s lots of bitter, brilliant insight into the every day lives of homosexuals, but not as much drama, color, and spectacle as in the last great novels, when Mishima was consciously creating a series of timeless masterpieces that would capture all of the Japanese character, not just the concerns of one small group Spirit and body can never engage in dialogue Spirit can only inquire It can never get a replyoutside of an echo A remarkable and often crushingly beautiful novel about a young gay Japanese dude torn between his obligation to his pregnant wife and his being a young gay Japanese dude.The inherent tension between society s expectations of one and one s own nature is the driving force here, complicated by the fact that the young fellow is being manipulated by a saucy, crass elderly novelist w Spirit and body can never engage in dialogue Spirit can only inquire It can never get a replyoutside of an echo A remarkable and often crushingly beautiful novel about a young gay Japanese dude torn between his obligation to his pregnant wife and his being a young gay Japanese dude.The inherent tension between society s expectations of one and one s own nature is the driving force here, complicated by the fact that the young fellow is being manipulated by a saucy, crass elderly novelist who hates women and wants to use the handsome gay guy as a weapon against women along the lines of Ha He ll never love women So there, women More than that, it s a bewildering, fascinating exploration of Japan s postwar world, not just the gay side of things, either, although for fans of Mishima, like me, it was instructive, the level of his research since his widow and children famously try to deny that he ever had relationships with men he obviously did.Spirit and body are the battlegrounds for the various characters as they seek out love and meaning Muchthan a Should I be gay kind of story,of an intense exploration of personal suffering at the hands of others It s such a pity that Forbidden Colours will always be foreshadowed by Mishima s other works that had closer ties to his eventual death, because if he talked about suicide and actually did it it must mean that that work is suddenlyDEEP EDGY, right guys I love Mishima s ability to depict internal thought processing and reasoning across a wide array of characters in quite unique positions for a reader like myself His views on Japan s shift to amaterialist and individualistic culture f It s such a pity that Forbidden Colours will always be foreshadowed by Mishima s other works that had closer ties to his eventual death, because if he talked about suicide and actually did it it must mean that that work is suddenlyDEEPEDGY, right guys I love Mishima s ability to depict internal thought processing and reasoning across a wide array of characters in quite unique positions for a reader like myself His views on Japan s shift to amaterialist and individualistic culture for reasons like the attempt to appear beautiful actually come at the cost of the loss actual beauty make a compelling case.Mishima was a bad ass He belonged to a certain group at a certain time and was not afraid to say things how they were Japan is still considerably repressive towards homosexuality, especially in men and I found that the behaviours and beliefs of many homosexuals could genuinely end up despising women as a result which was evident throughout the novel.This is not a quick read, Mishima took his time to ensure that all the characters throughout the story were crafted beautifully which allowed him to create some considerably memorable scenes that he managed to pull off without appearing far fetched There is so much you can pick up in the novel If you think this is going to be some homo erotic fiction, it is not Despite the subject matter and foreign nature of the work which may repulse or encourage some to not read it homosexuality, misogyny etc , I cannot emphasise the importance of at least giving it a try An author like no other, writing a story like no other in a time like no other Don t read him because he is the Japanese Hemingway , read him for what he was and what he has given us all, this certainly was not reminiscent of anything I had read by Hemingway, which shows that Mishima was so far from being a one trick pony If a greater misogynist than Shunsuk exists in literature then I don t want to meet him This book really challenged me On the one hand, the vile opinions spewed by Shunsuk made it very hard to read, but on the other hand the plot was pretty propulsive and erotically charged I don t know if I can say I liked the book, but I did enjoy reading it and found it to be mostly immersive though I could ve done without the paragraphs upon paragraphs of uninterrupted philosophizing dialogue I get If a greater misogynist than Shunsuk exists in literature then I don t want to meet him This book really challenged me On the one hand, the vile opinions spewed by Shunsuk made it very hard to read, but on the other hand the plot was pretty propulsive and erotically charged I don t know if I can say I liked the book, but I did enjoy reading it and found it to be mostly immersive though I could ve done without the paragraphs upon paragraphs of uninterrupted philosophizing dialogue I get it, you re making a point about ART I also found the third person omniscient narrative choice too easy and prone to info dumps Overall, the book had shades of Gatsby and Giovanni s Room, though both those books are better Read this one if you like Mishima and or the idea of double lives in response to societal strictures just maybe skip all the misogynistic scenes If you liked this, make sure to follow me on Goodreads forreviews