The son of a poor rural priest becomes an acolyte at the Temple of the Golden Pavilion. Mizoguchi had built up an image of ideal beauty in his mind based on this Golden Pavilion; this ideal image causes him to feel disappointed in any supposed form of beauty, even the actual physical Golden Pavilion. He comes under the influence of Kashiwagi, a fellow student with a very bitter view of life.
|notes:||Japanese title: Kinkakuji. Introduction by Nancy Wilson Ross. Drawings by Fumi Komatsu.|
|publisher:||Knopf, 1959, 1968, 1972; Tuttle, 1959, 1973, 1985, 1994; Berkley Pub. Corp., 1971; Perigree Books, 1980; Vintage, 1994; Everyman’s Library, 1994|
|publication place:||New York; Rutland, VT; New York; New York; New York; New York|
|japanese publication date:||1956|
|english publication date:||1959|
|description:||262 p. illus. 22 cm.|
|related:||UNESCO collection of representative works: Japanese series|