this book is about a widow's love affair with a naval officer...
Publisher's Product Description: A band of savage thirteen-year-old boys reject the adult world as illusory, hypocritical, and sentimental, and train themselves in a brutal callousness they call 'objectivity'. When the mother of one of them begins an affair with a ship's officer, he and his friends idealise the man at first; but it is not long before they conclude that he is in fact soft and romantic. They regard this disallusionment as an act of betrayal on his part - and the retribution is deliberate and horrifying.
Even though a disturbing, difficult book to read, and hard on the emotions, it's worth it to get through to his writing, which is great.
I hated this book. The motivations of the characters made absolutely no sense to me. Is that because this is a translation and some things did not translate well? I doubt it. Would I understand it better if I were Japanese? Perhaps. I plan on reading more by this author, but I certainly hope the next one I read has at least one character that is a decent human being. This one was filled with sociopaths/psychopaths. In fact, it is the kind of novel you might expect from a man who would, in a few short years, commit ritual suicide in front of a government office and a tv crew. That's exactly what the author did.