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Editorial Reviews. Review an astonishing novel — Mother Jones Amazon. com: A Personal Matter eBook: Kenzaburo Oe, John Nathan: Kindle Store. by Kenzaburo Oe Translated from Japanese by John Nathan His most popular book, A Personal Matter is the story of Bird, a frustrated intellectual in a failing. In the s, Kenzaburo Oe began regularly writing about a character based on his autistic son, Hikari. A Personal Matter, by Kenzaburo Oe.

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Peril-ridden and fragile, the imperfect human body, what a shameful thing it was! He had been day-dreaming of a trip to Africa; maybe even a new life in Africa.

While his wife is in hospital giving birth he is off buying maps of Africa for a fantasy trip. They’re waiting for the child to die of his dreadful birth defects. The book starts off with this something college professor named Bird, who is wandering the streets after drinking in a bar. This simple manner of developing strong characters did astonish me.

This is my first book by Kenzaburo Oe and I am not sure if this is the best book to make an opinion about his writing.

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I had read considerable French existentialism during my college I had never read Oe, although I was aware that he had won the Nobel Prize.

This renewed outlook swayed him to ‘rescue’ his son. Bird continued to cry. Too Loud a Solitude: English Choose a language for shopping. It is a wonderful feeling for a reader to read a book that has a strong ongoing plot with mature and very well build characters. This Japanese literature-related article is a stub. After meeting with the doctor, he discovers that his son has been born with a brain herniaalthough the fact is still obscure to his wife.

It forced him to reflect on the meaning in his stories which up to that point, in his mind, amounted to “nothing. Rather, we are moved by the truth in Bird’s realizations and actions. Only Bird is informed of this; his partner is currently not conscious, the baby swept from the room, as is usually the case directly after birth. He odiado tanto al protagonista More summaries and resources for teaching or studying A Personal Matter.


A little while after, Bird goes to Himiko’s house and is proposed by her sexual intercourse, of which he agrees.

Imagine your od was born with his brain outside of his head. How would you feel? That is all I am going to say. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web.

The classmates disapprove of Bird’s behaviour, claiming that he’s a drunk and should be fired from his job. I didn’t know what to expect, but was surprised to discover a Japanese existentialist, a student of twentieth century French extentialist literature.

A Personal Matter by Kenzaburō Ōe

Chapter 7 and 8. And I hated reading it.

What to make of a young man whose wife has just delivered their first baby while he was having a showdown with a street gang and who responds to his This book is a perfect example of how good writing conquers all. What kind of monster would you be?

She wants him to abandon his wife and baby and kenzabro her to Africa with him. I’m not trying to say that I simply didn’t like them or that they were horrible characters; I mean that if I knew these people in real life, I would likely be in prison because every single one of them are deserving of some righteous act of God that is reserved for the lowest and most inhumane members of society.

Both of them shape their lives imaginatively in their story-telling. Yet as this year’s. That was when I had a feeling similar to what I felt reading Catch The characters will take to a journey and will make you feel a different world. Bird, on the other hand, was answerable only to the baby in the basket on his lap, to the monster who governed his personal destiny. Instead, it becomes one of the most life-affirming stories ever, meant to serve as a panacea for the ones s from the affliction of an undignified existence.


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View a FREE sample. This book is a perfect example of how good writing conquers all. The main character, Bird, is a 27 year old who dreams of going to Africa.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. I don’t know what I would think. What if you had a reaction like this, even a tiny bit like this? Eventually he comes to a choice point where he has to decide on a risky operation leading to some kind of compromised life or on taking a more active role in the demise of this seemingly monstrous baby.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. View all 5 comments. From the Nobel Prize—winning author: The story was about a man with a failing marriage, dreams of visiting Africa, and a wife who gave So he has a low-status job as a cram-school instructor.

The mother-in-law refuses even to make eye contact with Bird. Nothing simple for sure. Oe explores how the individual in confronting life’s tragedies, in choosing his ideals and finding his “meaning,” overcomes humiliation and shame, gains self-definition, finds his destiny: