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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A Personal Matter

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Bird is a 27 year old man who is about to be a father and dreams of going to Africa. After the meeting with his supervisor, he is let go of his job.

The next day, Bird and Himiko take the baby from the hospital, planning to take him to a doctor that Himiko knows who has performed abortions and who, Himiko says, will help kenzabugo get rid of the baby.

Bird’s father-in-law tells him his nickname no longer suits him. The plot follows the story of Bird, a 27 year old Japanese man.

He is killing time between calling his mother-in-law to check up on the process of the delivery. This is an astonishingly moral work, although the foundation of Oe’s morality is not framed in the more familiar Judeo-Christian orientation of the west. Published January 13th by Grove Press first published If you’ve never read this one and you’re looking for a shortish novel that rocked hard enough to mattef 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.


He then disappears into a cloud of alcohol and sex — not that Bird can manage much in the way of sex. Although immediately afterwards, he suffers from a keen self-hatred. The mother-in-law refuses even to make eye contact with Bird.

A Personal Matter

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The narrative voice is good and the dialogue formation is flawless. BuOe’s most powerful writing has traced the evolution of his fatherhood, of his intense bonding with his unique son. Pesonal study guide contains the following sections: At the same, the mere fact that Oe was able to illicit these feelings in me as strongly as he has shows that he is good at what he does.

Social relations are either violent or exploitative. Not long after, Bird meets an ex-girlfriend of his, called Himiko, who has, after her husband’s suicide, become a sexual deviant and eccentric.

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Bird realizes that now he has no prospects for ever travelling to the African Continent, and worries about his Hospital Bills and financial situation. The author won the Nobel Prize in Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I don’t know wha Imagine your child was born with his brain outside of his head. He passes that enthusiasm learned from books and maps on to his girlfriend.

This “coming of age” novel set in the early ‘s tells the story of Bird, a young Japanese man facing both the imminent birth of his first child and what he believes to be the imminent loss of his dreams. Chapters 3 and 4. Before he makes his final decision, Bird’s entire past seems to rise up before him, revealing itself to be a nightmare of self-deceit. And at the very end, Bird, the accepting father. Would you like to tell us about a lower price?


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This all happens in the first 10 pages so I’m not spoiling anything. Thus, Bird, seems to possess no redeeming characteristics whatsoever.

We should not be, but many times we are. 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.

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. There is the suggestion that the deformity is possibly caused by radioactive contamination. By the end I came to care for Bird and not judge him too much. The doctor subtly tells Bird that he can give it sugar water instead of milk to ensure the baby does not get stronger, thus preventing him from getting the surgery necessary to fix the hernia.

He wasn’t always likable, but at least he didn’t pretend otherwise. That was in A Personal Matter Snippet view – Deeply touching and whole heartedly mayter. He published a kfnzaburo, Late Style, in and in the author is I wanted to give this five stars, but thought that was hypocritical since I would only do that knowing the author won the Nobel Prize.

Where will I be a hundred years after I die? Bird returns to Himiko’s and asks if they can sleep together. In the face of his grotes You and I exist in alternate different forms in countless other universes