Books: Terrible Tykes

THE SAILOR WHO FELL FROM GRACE WITH THE SEA by Yukio Mishima. 181 pages. Knopf. $3.95.

Six naked boys, all of them 13 years old, stand in a darkened shed. "Go ahead, number three," says the Chief. Number three swings a kitten high above his head and slams it at a log. The Chief, wearing a pair of rubber gloves, scissors a long smooth cut in the skin, "exposes the large, red-black liver and unwinds the immaculate bow els. Steam rises. He gropes in the abdominal cavity and plucks from it the tiny ruby heart."

Number three and his friends are leisured little...

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