Runaway Horses: The Sea of Fertility, 2, Paperback
Yukio Mishima s ``Runaway Horses`` is the second novel in his masterful tetralogy, ``The Sea of Fertility.`` Again we encounter Shigekuni Honda, who narrates this epic tale of what he believes are the successive reincarnations of his childhood friend Kiyoaki Matsugae. ```` In 1932, Shigeuki Honda has become a judge in Osaka. Convinced that a young rightist revolutionary, Isao, is the reincarnation of his friend Kiyoaki,`` `` Honda commits himself to saving the youth from an untimely death. Isao, driven to patriotic fanaticism by a father who instilled in him the ethos of the ancient samurai, organizes a violent plot against the new industrialists who he believes are usurping the Emperor s rightful power and threatening the very integrity of the nation. ``Runaway Horses`` is the chronicle of a conspiracy a novel about the roots and nature of Japanese fanaticism in the years that led to war.