The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea

by Yukio Mishima, John Nathan

The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea tells the tale of a band of savage thirteen-year-old boys who reject the adult world as illusory, hypocritical and sentimental, and train themselves in a brutal callousness they call “objectivity.” When the mother of one of them begins an affair with a ship’s officer, he and his friends idealize the man atfirst;

  • Paperback
  • Pages: 181 pages
  • Average Rating: 3.89 out of 5
  • Published May 31st 1994 by Vintage
  • Original Title: 午後の曳航 [Gogo no eikō]
  • ISBN: 0679750150 (ISBN13: 9780679750154)
  • Edition Language: English
  • Characters: Ryuji Tsukazaki
  • Fusako Kuroda
  • Noboru Kuroda

The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea tells the tale of a band of savage thirteen-year-old boys who reject the adult world as illusory, hypocritical and sentimental, and train themselves in a brutal callousness they call “objectivity.” When the mother of one of them begins an affair with a ship’s officer, he and his friends idealize the man at first; but it is not long before they conclude that he is in fact soft and romantic. They regard their disappointment in him as an act of betrayal on his part, and react violently.