From Library JournalThis brief historical story of a young army officer and his wife is considered seminal Mishima. LJ's reviewer wrote that Mishima's stories have “timeless and universal appeal” (LJ 4/1/66).
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ReviewA direct yet lyrical style devoted entirely to bringing out the elevated emotions of its two characters. (Trevor Berrett — The Mookse and the Gripes )
The violence we are facing with such difficulty in our daily lives, he gives us simply in all its subcutaneous horror and myth. (Hortense Calisher — The New York Times Book Review )