• "Mishima's greatest novel, and one of the greatest of the past century"

    The Times
  • "Explores the viciousness that lies beneath what we imagine to be innocence"

  • "Told with Mishima's fierce attention to naturalistic detail, the grisly tale becomes painfully convincing and yields a richness of psychological and mythic truth"

    Sunday Times
  • "Coolly exact with his characters and their honourable motives. His aim is to make the destruction of the sailor by his love seem as inevitable as the ocean"