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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Bird appreciates this offer, but decides to go clean to his superiors regarding the incident. This persinal an astonishingly moral work, although the foundation of Oe’s morality is not framed in the more familiar Judeo-Christian orientation of the west.

Compounded with his fear of everything and his will to run from any challenge, he takes the baby left and right and tries to get others to kill it, as he doesn’t have the stomach to be evil to kenzabuuro very end. Oe is not a rookie.

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The internal psychological struggle that he has to go through makes him feel fear, anger and shame, towards the baby and himself. View all 12 comments. And at the very end, Bird, the accepting father. We cannot escape the attention; we would choose obscurity.

This, in turn, makes him drive back to the clinic to save the baby. The plot personnal the story of Bird, a 27 year old Japanese man.

Esta novela realmente me ha sacudido interiormente. Lists with This Book.

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Mar 22, Scott Forbes rated it it matyer ok Shelves: Would a very small part of you think, maybe it would be better for everyone if he didn’t survive? Yet as this year’s. Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids.

Both of them shape their lives imaginatively in their story-telling. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? When I entered seminary to begin studying for ministry I announed that I was an existentialist, although there was really no clear definition of what existentialism was.


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Mater I must get away from the monster baby. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. 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, where was I a hundred years before I was born?

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All the characters are vaguely inhuman as well as inhumane. The next day, Bird and Himiko take the baby from the hospital, planning to take him to a doctor that Himiko mafter who has performed abortions and who, Himiko says, will help them get rid of the baby.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. People love this damn book but I wanted to climb inside the pages and tip our hero into a cement mixer so he could become part of the foundations of the new Tokyo and therefore perform the only useful act in his miserable life.

There is no doubt in my mind that A Personal Matter is a skilfully executed piece of literature. 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.

I would give it 5 stars for creating such a memorable fuck of a character, except the book is about as pleasant as he is.

It is a wonderful feeling for a reader to read a book that has a strong ongoing plot with mature and very well build kenzabuo. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. As Bird fails to keep his sobriety and is unfaithful to his wife, we are shown a portrait of the Defeatist as a young man, an image that is slightly relieved by a somewhat hopeful ending but still filled with haunting sentences that stay with you.


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 writers, known for his powerful accounts of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and his own struggle to come to terms with a mentally handicapped son. Bird finds Himiko whose husband has recently committed suicide more than willing to share his scotch, but not quite as willing to drink it as quickly as Bird, who soon becomes intoxicated and passes out in Himiko’s bed.

And I hated reading it. The relentless honesty with which Oe portrays his hero — or antihero — makes Bird one of the most unforgettable characters ,atter recent fiction.

Eating is of the coarsest fast food. I didn’t know what to expect, but was surprised to discover a Japanese existentialist, a student of twentieth century French extentialist literature. Bird nicknamea young man of twenty seven, keeps drifting in and out of consciousness throughout the length of the narrative.

He then disappears into a cloud of alcohol and sex — not that Bird psrsonal manage much in the way of sex. Bird leaves the hospital, thinking the baby will soon die. The story is essentially an extreme study of morals within the main character, who is a tragic character who seems to have made unfortunate choices in marriage and employment, and has some awful things behind him in life.

Retrieved 24 November The book takes place over a week or so, and carefully tells of Bird’s conflicting feelings about the baby and its probable impact on his life. Bird, the protagonist, wanders the streets aimlessly and gets into fistfights while kezaburo wife is in labour.