The Sound of Waves

The Sound of Waves

Book - 1994
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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.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1994.
Edition: 1st Vintage international ed.
ISBN: 9780679752684
Characteristics: 182 p. :,ill.;,21 cm.

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Feb 09, 2015

A lovely, gentle read.

Dec 27, 2013

One of my absolute favorite books to date. I knew just how much love I had for this story within only 10 to 20 pages. This book reminds me of The Alchemist in its simple and gorgeously captivating plot. The book whispers a soft song throughout, one that reminds us of our simplicity with family, nature, truth, and ourselves. Mishima uses these smooth strokes in the background, and brings more defining tones slowly forward with Shinji and Hatsue's clear love for each other.

May 24, 2012

This is one of those rare books which is at once a classic and also accessible to anyone. Although the plot is fairly simple, Yukio Mishima's imagery is breathtaking, and the characters are believable and endearing.


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May 24, 2012

Shinji, a humble fisherman living on the island of Uta-Jima in post-WWII Japan, falls in love with Hatsue, the daughter of the richest man on the island. However, their love and plans for marriage are thwarted by the jealous Yasuo, a self-centered but high-class youth, and the gossip of the town. That is, until Shinji is given the chance to prove himself to Hatsue's father.


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Apr 19, 2016

.... the leaden languor that possessed the body after it had been forced to dive almost beyond endurance ... All these things become sharper and sharper in the remembering; the terror had all the more intense in the repeating. And often sudden nightmares would awaken the girls from sleep so deep as seemingly to leave no room for dreams to creep in...
It was different with the older divers, with those who had husbands. Coming out of the water from diving, they would sing and laugh and talk in loud voices. It seemed as though work and play had become united in a single whole for them. Watching them enviously, the young girls would tell themselves that they could never become like that, and yet as the years passed they would be surprised to discover that , without their quite realizing it, they themselves had reached the point where they too could be counted among those lighthearted, veteran divers. p.136

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