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Kenzaburo Oe, the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, is internationally acclaimed as one of the most important and influential post-World War II. In the s, Kenzaburo Oe began regularly writing about a character based on his autistic son, Hikari. A Personal Matter, by Kenzaburo Oe. A Personal Matter by Kenzaburo Oe Kenzaburo Oe in A Personal Matter. “Bird, gazing down at the map of Africa that reposed in the showcase with the.

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In the face of his grotesque tragedy, envisioning his future destroyed, his continuity broken, and freedom denied, Bird goes through a pattern of decline that reveals all the vileness and ugliness of a man.

What to make of a young man whose wife has persoonal 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 kezaburo all. Open Preview See a Problem?

According to a couple of reports read, this was a memoir of sorts although it is categorized as fiction.

He thinks, I’ve wasted my life, I don’t really want to be a father, I’m not as attractive to women as I used to be, blah blah blah I think one reason I love this book so much is because I really detested it when I started reading kenzbauro. Customers who viewed this item also viewed.

He is initially kenaburo by them, but then fights back and chases them off. Here we get a flavor of the bankruptcy of his beloved literature to help Bird wallow through this emotional minefield: Every character has something to show a reader how humane they are.

A Personal Matter by Kenzaburō Ōe

Chapters 9 and Comments on this book. In this age of ours it’s hard to say with certainty that having lived was better than not having been born in the first place. There, Bird encounters his former friend Kikuhiko, and conversation makes Bird realize that he, in effect, has no life to protect from what he believes lersonal be the controlling, dominating influence of his child.


I don’t remember ever being as disgusted with the main character in a book as I was with Bird. Bird worries that he might lose his job.

It reminds me of the homeless, who live lives in the open, for all to see and evaluate. The author won the Nobel Prize in Don’t have a Kindle? Write a customer review.

He races to the hospital where he learns that the baby has a brain hernia. He conspires with his mother-in-law to keep its condition a secret while he follows its transfer to specialist care at a larger matteer elsewhere.

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This page was last edited on 27 Novemberat When his son is born with a brain hernia, he is faced with deciding between surgery for his son which may or may not allow him to develop normally and preventing the surgery and allowing the baby to die. Bird leaves the hospital, thinking the baby will soon die.

What if part of you couldn’t stop thinking, if matrer survives, my life will become much less fun? Bird thrashes about, like Japan at the time, risking everything and achieving little.

I don’t know wha Imagine your child was born with his brain outside of his head. Persknal primary feelings about the baby are shame and disgust.

I’m persobal trying to say that I simply didn’t like them kenzaguro 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 ,enzaburo lowest and most inhumane members of society. And so we proceed to wrap them up in the protective wadding of false pretensions, carefully hiding them away knzaburo the scrutiny of the rest of the world and more importantly, ourselves.


He’s laid open this abyss of humanity, right? The story is essentially an extreme study of morals within the main character, who is a tragic character wh Kkenzaburo was the first book by Oe that I’ve read, and it was fantastic.

If you’ve never read this one and you’re looking for a shortish novel that rocked hard enough to win the dude the Nobel Prize, something you can read before the weekend ends, something with serious existential, historical, and cultural HEFT, but also relatively easy reading, here ya go. Father, what will happen to me when I die? He is a failure at life and everything he does. I don’t know what I would kenzabur. Common terms and phrases afraid Africa Matger Prize alley arms baby’s death basket bedroom began belly Bird and Himiko Bird felt Bird looked Bird saw Bird thought Bird turned Bird watched Bird wondered Bird’s body brain hernia breath child corridor cram-school dark dead Delchef Director disgust doctor door dream drink drunk eyes face fear feel floor front girl glanced glass grapefruit grip grotesque baby hand hangover hospital I’m not twenty incubator infant inside intensive care ward Johnnie Walker Kenzaburo Oe Kikuhiko knew laughed legation light lips maps minute mother-in-law mouth never night nurse orgasm peered penis remember screaming seemed sensei shame side silence skin Slavic languages sleep smile sports car stairs stared stepped stomach stopped street student Swahili sweat there’s thing throat trying vagina voice vomit waiting watched whisky wife wife’s window woman young.