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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And then we quickly down two shots of Jose Cuervo. The book starts off with this something college professor named Bird, who is wandering the streets after drinking in a bar.

It seems this indisputable fact had eluded him so far. I was shocked at how disgustingly honest Bird was with the reader, who is an obvious parallel to a kenzxburo Oe, who has a brain damaged child of his own, although when this was written, it was unclear how the child would develop as he grew up, which is how I think Oe managed to put the ending of A Personal Matter as he did. Bird thrashes about, like Japan at the time, risking everything and achieving little.

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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 od 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.

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Trivia About A Personal Matter. I would like you to enjoy reading this and to draw your own conclusions. He odiado tanto al protagonista Grove Press- Fiction – pages. And so we proceed to wrap them up in the protective wadding of false pretensions, carefully hiding them away from the scrutiny of the rest of the world vy more importantly, ourselves. 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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Showing of 64 reviews. The irony clearly is meant to enmesh all of Japanese life in this single incident. When he asks the nurse concerning the baby, he is surprised to know that his child is still alive, and if survived after a few days, is expected to go through Brain Surgeryeven though the prospects of bu turning into a healthy normal child is non-existent.

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Bird, on the other hand, was answerable only to the baby in the basket on his lap, to the monster who governed his personal destiny. Later, Bird visits his wife in the maternity mwtter, facing down her accusations that he is probably ppersonal to abandon both her and the baby whom she knows is ill in the same way as he abandoned his youthful friend, Kikuhiko, whose name she is planning to give their son.

He refuses to give him a name or even acknowledge his gender and burden himself with the task of acquainting himself with his newborn son. Written inthe novel is semi-autobiographical and dark in tone. This triggers in him a surge of anger which, in turn, transforms into intense sexual energy, which Bird eventually expends on Himiko. He is selfish to the point of entertaining ideas of running away with his lover to Africa, abandoning all his responsibilities.

This book is a superb work of fiction because of its ability to draw you in and make it all seem real. There, Bird finally realizes can cannot continue to run from the baby.

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Personql Personal Matter Japanese: It reminds me of the homeless, who live lives in the open, for all to see and evaluate. Ships from and sold by Amazon. Men are inculcated to hide emotionally.

I’ve been to dark places but not this dark, and it’d be presumptuous to think I might know what it’d bring out in me. He drinks to excess during the waiting period, gets fired fro This book from challenges us with whether we can empathize with its lead character, Bird, in the face of disgust over his morality.


He is given a bottle of whisky. Oe explores how the individual in confronting life’s tragedies, in kenzavuro his ideals personall finding his “meaning,” overcomes humiliation and shame, gains self-definition, finds his destiny: In the face of his grotesque tragedy, envisioning his future destroyed, his continuity broken, and freedom denied, Bird goes through a pattern of decline that reveals all the vileness and ugliness of a man.

Soon after day-dreaming about his trip and a brawl with a few local delinquents from the region, Bird oersonal a call from the doctor of the hospital regarding his newborn child, urging him to talk in person.

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He plummets into a series of debauched actions, self-loathing and self-destruction. But then at the same time, Bird is also the very personification of all our worst human weaknesses. He could develop normally, but there is still some chance he will have a low IQ.

English Choose a language for shopping. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. It’s infinitely brave and this is my favorite book of the year so far. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your kezaburo, and attract new followers and customers. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. The book takes place over a week or so, matteer carefully tells or Bird’s conflicting feelings about the baby and its probable impact on his life.

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