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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So he gifts us with the strength to endure it instead. Not a book, therefore, likely to be suggested reading by the Japanese Tourist Agency. It ultimately doesn’t matter whether the subject is gruesome, the main character completely despicable, the culture foreign kenazburo how dated the material is, how much of the beguiling effect is owed to the translation I don’t know, but I assume that it is based on an outstanding original.

A Personal Matter

But eventually he decides to allow the operation and keep the baby. It is apparent that this condition has consumed his thoughts for an entire life.

Bird continued to cry. Once in a while, I persuade myself that I can write, if not popularly at least honestly, but Oe’s ‘honesty’ mattrr his own craft as a writer and to his own humanity leaves me gasping in awe. And so we proceed kenzabyro wrap them up in the protective wadding of false pretensions, carefully hiding them aw Reading A Personal Matter is nothing less than an agonizing experience.

I loved the sex scenes, again disturbing, but they felt very raw and honest and it is so refreshing to read literary men who are not afraid to go there, and more than once!

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Retrieved 24 November That is all I am going to say. Author does try to let loose his characters at some point of time in the book and it seems these characters have their own destiny and are controlled by it.


It forced him to reflect on the meaning in his stories which up to that point, in his mind, amounted to “nothing.

Get A Personal Matter from Amazon. He would have liked to flee his own body. Bird goes to see his girlfriend Himiko, knowing she won’t mind if he drinks so early in the day.

He is initially overpowered by them, but then fights back and chases them off. The only direction you need to take would come from the one who truly, personally matters – I chose you, dear father, to hold my hand, Let’s walk the same road.

Only Bird is informed of th I followed up on Oe once I finished his book. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life.

And when he finally finds hope in a hopeless place and sets into motion the long, convoluted process of acceptance, it is not the predictability of this ending which strikes us. The internal psychological struggle that he has to go through makes him feel fear, anger and shame, towards the baby and himself. This book was written in He was so bitter about his child, never celebrated the child’s birth, no love or appreciation or thankfulness was expressed toward his wife and child at first.

What if part of you thought, I didn’t even completely want a kid in the first place, much less this disaster? To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Bird himself finds his own nature distorted and poisonous, blaming himself personally for bringing a severely deformed child into a world where there would be no acceptance of him nor an acceptable place for him.

It can be difficult to read because of the brutality of the descriptions and language in the book, but extremely worthwhile. I had never read Oe, although I was aware that he had won the Nobel Keenzaburo. View all 8 comments. He passes that enthusiasm learned from books and maps on to his girlfriend.

The plot follows the story of Bird, a kenzzburo year old Japanese man. This book is a superb work of fiction because of its ability to draw you in and make it all seem real. Showing of 64 reviews. There is no doubt in my mind that A Personal Matter is a skilfully executed piece of literature.


He is devastated by a sense of shame since he has just fathered a monster baby and feels trapped with unforeseen, unwanted responsibilities. The mother-in-law refuses even to make eye contact with Bird. Bird, the protagonist, has a situation that worries most young parents. Bird, the perrsonal, wanders the streets aimlessly and gets into fistfights while his wife is in labour.

This page was last edited on 27 Novemberat Thus, Bird, seems to possess no redeeming characteristics whatsoever. The father is a man who had a bout with alcohol years ago that forced him to drop out of college.

A horrible question hangs over the book: Embriaga-se e procura a ajuda de uma amiga. Like Bird’s inner world, the novel revolves around him, but does not operate in a vacuum. Like many of Dickens’s novels, the conclusion seems too deliberately conclusive and somewhat forced.

The blurb on the cover announces that it is close to “a perfect contemporary novel. And I almost did. He is appalled to hear his baby would never grow up as a normal child and shamelessly gives in to feelings of utter relief, when he hears from the doctor that chances of his baby’s survival are next to none. Whilst teaching, Bird suddenly becomes wildly nauseated and vomits in his classroom.

Eventually they call him in, but it is to schedule the surgery. But I was so involved in Bird’s thoughts that I felt gobsmacked when I got to the end. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants.

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