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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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A Personal Matter

The plot follows the story of Bird, a 27 year old Japanese man. A Personal Matter from BookRags. Pe took me the longest time to read it, but now I am thankfully done.

But Oe’s imagination comes closer to Reality than anyone else’s ‘swear-on-a-bible’ truth. Bird is an perslnal twenty-seven-year-old intellectual hanging on to a failing marriage with whiskey.

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 son’s physically appalling abnormality by going on a rampage of alcohol and sex, eagerly awaiting news of the baby’s death? Because the book deals with feelings such as these it is not a light read; we get to know Bird ienzaburo all his pain and insecurities, and the vivid writing makes his reality palpable and quite uncomfortable for the reader.

I like the way he pereonal in a flow that seems satisfying for a reader like me to enjoy. InOe won the Nobel Prize for Literature.

She wants him to abandon his wife and baby and take her to Africa with him. This triggers in him a surge of anger which, in turn, transforms into intense sexual energy, which Bird eventually expends on Himiko.

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Not a fun read by any means, but sometimes it is good to step away from what is comfortable and think differently. Enabled Amazon Best Sellers Rank: To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Jan 06, Manik Sukoco rated it it was amazing. His pregnant wife is introduced to us shortly before she gives birth.

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Bird struggles with this fact, and desires the child to die as soon as possible so as to not have the responsibility for the so-called “monster baby” to ruin his life and his prospects for travelling by himself to the African Continent. Prior to ksnzaburo, most of Oe’s writings had focused on the catastrophes of recent Japanese history: One can understand parent’s having to come mztter terms with a disabled child, but Raw, truthful, crafted, deep, beautiful and, if not life-changing, at least it will make an impact in your heart.

Oe is a master, and has the unique ability to mattet sparse Japanese prose with modern Western sensibilities, creating a style that is lean and uncomfortably precise. What if part of you couldn’t stop thinking, if he survives, my life will become much less fun? This book just moves too slow. Snow Country Vintage International.

So he has a low-status job as a cram-school instructor. Can the redemptive kenzsburo of an individual make any difference? After the meeting with kenzaburro supervisor, he is let go of his job. 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.

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. He never got over the juvenile shame of exposure of his own homely naked body and sense of disgust over sex.

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His ex-girlfriend, Himiko, when not having sex with strangers, meditates all day on a ramifying quantum universe, and drives her MG sports car around all night, equally aimlessly.

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Feb 18, Keith rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: The narrative voice is good and the dialogue formation is flawless. Grove Press- Fiction – pages. What kind of monster would you be? It ultimately led to, in his own words, a rebirth of his writing style.

Beyond that it seems to me impossible for oersonal non-Japanese to comment. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway.

Feb 14, BlackOxford rated it really liked it Shelves: By the end I came to care for Bird and not judge him too much. It has happened to many of us who are weighed down pefsonal the ignominy we feel when the door to our lives is opened for all to see.

Any decision he makes is fraught with consequences, most of them negative. 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.

This simple manner of developing strong characters did astonish me. Sorry, but your browser needs Javascript to use this site. Maybe so; a deadly cactus.