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Confessions of a Mask (New Directions Paperbook)
by Yukio Mishima | Literature & Fiction
Registered by wingSqueakyChuwing of Rockville, Maryland USA on 6/18/2006
Average 10 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by RyeToast): to be read


2 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by wingSqueakyChuwing from Rockville, Maryland USA on Sunday, June 18, 2006

This book has not been rated.

I purchased this trade paperback at the Friends of the Library used book store in Rockville, Maryland.

 


Journal Entry 2 by wingSqueakyChuwing at Rockville, Maryland USA on Monday, December 14, 2015

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I started reading this book today for the December 2015 TIOLI challenge on LibraryThing to Read a book that that has no red or green whatsoever on the front cover. 


Journal Entry 3 by wingSqueakyChuwing at Rockville, Maryland USA on Thursday, December 17, 2015

10 out of 10

This was a truly mesmerizing, but sad story. i can't believe that I've had this book for such a long time without having read it before. Nevertheless, I found the story very powerful. It is narrated by a young boy who is enchanted by the bodies of other young men and is also obsessed by bloody, violent death. As this thin, weak boy grows up, he knows that his sexual proclivity is not for women and yet he does not know how to deal with this fact throughout his school years. He has a hard time making friends, but does become close to a classmate Kusano and his sister Sokoro. Thinking that he can live what he considers a "normal" life, he decides to approach Sokoro to test out his theory.

This was Mishima's debut novel. At its beginning, it seemed like an autobiography so I had to go back to read information about Mishima's life. If he were a homosexual, that fact was denied by his wife with whom he had two children.

There were many reasons that I found this book touching. One was the psychological explanations of the narrator's feelings. They started from when he did not know what he was experiencing through the time he had to make conscious decisions about how he would act in social situations. The second reason I liked this book was because i felt that this lonely man found true friendship with Sokoro, but because of social expectations, this friendship was not one that could endure. Last, I love the way Mishima could describe everything from emotions to settings to physical descriptions.

"In the pupils of her eyes I discovered a beauty I had never seen before. They were deep, unblinking, fatalistic pupils, like fountains constantly singing with an outpouring of emotions."

I've read this author's works before and will sincerely love to read more in the future.
 


Journal Entry 4 by wingSqueakyChuwing at Rockville, Maryland USA on Saturday, December 19, 2015

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Released 2 yrs ago (12/19/2015 UTC) at Rockville, Maryland USA

CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:

I'm passing this book along to my friend in Catonsville, Maryland.

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Happy reading!
 


Journal Entry 5 by wingSqueakyChuwing at Rockville, Maryland USA on Saturday, February 11, 2017

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Caught!

Thank you for returning this book to the Little Free Library of Twinbrook (#7720).  


Journal Entry 6 by wingSqueakyChuwing at Little Free Library of Twinbrook (#7720) - 5811 Vandegrift Avenue in Rockville, Maryland USA on Sunday, October 15, 2017

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Released 9 mos ago (10/15/2017 UTC) at Little Free Library of Twinbrook (#7720) - 5811 Vandegrift Avenue in Rockville, Maryland USA

WILD RELEASE NOTES:

Going out for Round #2...

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I'm releasing this book for the following BookCrossing challenge:

***The Spook-tacular October 2017 Release Challenge hosted by AlterEgoZoe. This book has the word MASK in its title.

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Enjoy the book! 


Journal Entry 7 by wingSqueakyChuwing at Rockville, Maryland USA on Tuesday, October 24, 2017

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I selected this book from the Little Free Library of Twinbrook (#7720) to travel elsewhere... 


Journal Entry 8 by wingSqueakyChuwing at Alexandria, Virginia USA on Monday, December 04, 2017

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Released 7 mos ago (12/10/2017 UTC) at Alexandria, Virginia USA

CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:

I am releasing this book at the annual BookCrossing Holiday Party at the home of authorauthor. This book will go on the Book Buffet.

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I'm releasing this book for the following BookCrossing challenges:

***The 2017 What's in a Name Release Challenge hosted by DragonGoddess . The title of this book contains the name ON (x2).

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Enjoy the book! 


Journal Entry 9 by wingRyeToastwing at Alexandria, Virginia USA on Monday, January 01, 2018

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Picked up at local BookCrossing meet up. Looks good. I look forward to reading. 


Journal Entry 10 by wingRyeToastwing at Alexandria, Virginia USA on Monday, January 01, 2018

This book has not been rated.

Picked up at local BookCrossing meet up. Looks good. I look forward to reading. 


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