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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Like seriously, they aren’t even references, the arguments and thoughts proposed by these writers are all acted out throughout the entire book.

You can get lost in a web trying to track them down, Oe has a photographic memory when it comes to literature.

Feb 18, Keith persobal it it was amazing Recommends it for: Bird, the protagonist, has a situation that worries most young parents. Think of the greatest autobiographers of the past — Augustine, Rousseau, De Quincey, Lowell — and get ready for an Oe who spills his guts more courageously than any of them. Bird, the protagonist, is a young man of 27 with antisocial tendencies who more than once in his life, when confronted with a critical problem, has “cast himself adrift on a sea of whisky like a besotted Robinson Crusoe.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. Teach Us to Outgrow Our Madness: It’s infinitely brave and this is my favorite book of the year so far.

A Personal Matter Summary & Study Guide

Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. I loathed Bird for being so self-centered. Bird appreciates this offer, but decides to go clean to his superiors regarding the incident. Whilst teaching, Bird suddenly becomes wildly nauseated and vomits in personap classroom.


He neither seems to feel passionately about his wife nor about the job at the cram school he has landed thanks to the benevolence of his father-in-law. This was slight, but again, a reason I couldn’t give this five stars though I think this is an important book and despite how hard it was to read, it moved along at a good clip.

The baby enters this world with potential brain damage, unbeknownst to his wife, the mother. Ships from and sold by Amazon.

A Personal Matter Summary & Study Guide

Oe is not a rookie. When the main character tells his father-in-law the news of the deformed baby the mother still does not know even though his father-in-law knows mattef is on the wagon, he gives his son-in-law a bottle of scotch, with the obvious result.

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 ny before the weekend ends, something with serious existential, historical, and cultural HEFT, but also relatively easy reading, here ya go. Before he makes his final decision, Bird’s entire past seems to rise up before him, revealing itself kenzabudo be a nightmare of self-deceit.

It almost feels like somebody poking at and opening up our most secret, suppurating, psychological wounds and making them bleed all over again, thereby compelling us to wake up to the realization of their existence.

Japanese men are exponentially more handicapped in this department.

The Sea of Fertility, 1. He is selfish to the point of entertaining ideas of running away with his lover to Africa, abandoning all his responsibilities. But it seems that reality compels you to live properly when you live in the real world.

Anyway, I find it sort of disheartening that only one of my “friends,” some dude I don’t even really know, has rated it. I would like you to enjoy reading this and to draw your own conclusions. Return to Book Page. A friend of mine read it ow Japanese and said even there the vocabulary and diction read like an academic. And I hated reading it. I hear you, I feel you.


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Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. 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.

Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. The story was about a man with a failing marriage, dreams of visiting Africa, and a wife who gave A Personal Matter from BookRags. Dec 18, Niles Stanley rated it liked it. Chapter 7 and 8. Jun 09, Paula W rated it really liked it. The Swedish Academy lauded Oe for his “poetic force [that] creates an imagined world where life and myth condense to form a disconcerting picture of the human predicament today.

Persoal meeting with the doctor, he discovers that his son has been born with a brain herniaalthough the fact is still obscure to his wife. Even more, often times a reader will find that these characters drive the plot forward. This, in turn, makes him drive back to the clinic to save the baby. Account Options Sign in. I realized Bird was an untrustworthy narrator, because I only got his perspective and I really had to step outside the book and realize he was not presenting reality, only his warped kenzaburl of it.