Book Club: Spring Snow
Saturday Oct 27 01:00 PM Wednesday Oct 31 01:00 PM
Honolulu Museum of Art
Docent: Maeona Mendelson
by Yukio Mishima
Spring Snow is the first novel in Yukio Mishima’s acclaimed tetralogy, The Sea of Fertility. The final manuscript for the fourth novel, The Decay of the Angel, was delivered the day of his highly public ritual suicide (seppuku) on November 25, 1970.
The novel is set in the Taishō period (1912-1914) as the refined and stagnant world of the traditional aristocracy is challenged by upcoming wealthy families. Unburdened by tradition and armed with new ideas and money, these families become a part of a class struggle for social and political power. In the midst of this turmoil, Mishima gives us a poignant love story in which the protagonist, Kiyoaki, mirrors Mishima’s own conflicted feelings.
About: Join the Book Club—a docent-led two-hour experience—to understand the collection in new ways and make new friends. Books are selected to connect with the museum’s galleries and specific works of art. Read the book and discuss with fellow readers.
The Book Club meets on the last Saturday and Wednesday of the month from 1 to 3pm.
Admission: Free with museum admission. RSVP required.