Set in a remote fishing village in Japan, The Sound of Waves is a timeless story of first love. A young fisherman is entranced at the sight of the beautiful daughter of the wealthiest man in the village. They fall in love, but must then endure the calumny and gossip of the villagers.
©1956 Copyright 1956 by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. Copyright renewed 1984 by Meredith Weatherby. Originally published in Japan as Shiosai. (P)2010 Audible, Inc
"A story that is both happy and a work of art...Altogether a joyous and lovely thing. (The New York Times)
"Of such classic design its action might take place at any point across a thousand years." (San Francisco Chronicle)
"Mishima is like Stendhal in his precise psychological analyses, like Dostoevsky in his explorations of darkly destructive personalities." (Christian Science Monitor)
Listened to Temple of the Golden Pavillion (also Mishima) right before. He's a bit stiff, but I love that he actually pronounces the Japanese names correctly. There are several other books I have refrained from downloading because of the awful americanized pronounciations.
That said, I guess I could see how some people not familiar with Japanese would find this annoying because it does stick out a bit in the text and feels as there's a slight emphasis everytime someone's name is read. Luckily, Japanese has really simple phonetic structure so I think anyone (regardless of linguistic background) will get used to it very quickly.
The lighthouse scene was very vividly described, so I enjoyed that part quite a bit. Part with the storm too.
If you're new to Mishima, grab Temple of the Golden Pavillion first (out of the two I've read, maybe The Sailor Who Fell from Grace With the Sea is even better - I refrain from Spring Snow since the sequels aren't available).
Not to be all macho or anything but.. it's a romance novel (youth romance, even) and while I'd never call this book itself bland or boring, the theme really is.
This is a gentle story of integrity and redemption set in an island community in Japan.
Shinji is a young and dignified character. His loyalty to his love, and hers to him, shows the commitment of two people who live for each other.
The narrator's performance was understated and perfect for the requirements of the novel.
The restraint, dignity and fidelity of the characters shows the courage of the human soul enduring the difficulties of human life and love.
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