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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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. 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 read before the weekend ends, something with serious existential, historical, and cultural HEFT, but also relatively easy reading, here ya go.

Cross post from here: Bird tries to escape his responsibility for the child and his crumbling relationship with his wife, turning to alcohol and Himiko. While his wife is in hospital giving birth he is off buying maps of Africa for a fantasy trip. So he has a low-status job as a cram-school instructor. Only Bird is informed of th I followed up on Oe once I finished his book.

A Personal Matter Summary & Study Guide

Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. They are so realistic and developed without any complexity. I was really frustrated with the characters and their actions, and then eureka, I suddenly got the joke. So obviously this is not about A Personal Matter at all.

Back at Himiko’s apartment, Bird and Himiko wait for news of the baby from the second hospital, and considering Bird’s maps of Africa, which Himiko is starting to find interesting.

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Bird is constantly faced by his failures and triggers for self-loathing. The doctors have advised the new father that a brain surgery must be performed immediately to save the child. This book from challenges us with whether we can empathize with its lead character, Bird, in the face of disgust over his morality. What would you think? This is the same honesty that I admire in the writings of WG Sebald. While in Hiroshima kemzaburo on an anti-nuclear rally, an event that occurred soon after Hiraki’s birth, Oe met survivors of Hiroshima’s bombing, and had conversations with Dr.


I recommend this book to any reader who wants to enjoy a well-written book. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we’ll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Kenzabufo cannot escape the attention; we would choose obscurity. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. 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?

Raw, truthful, crafted, deep, beautiful and, if not life-changing, at least it will make an impact in your heart.

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Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser. View all 15 comments. Deeply touching and whole heartedly personal. Thanks for telling us about the problem. 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 in I’m torn. He drinks and he pukes, he pukes and he drinks, but those are almost quaint and lovely traits compared to his desire to kill his own “defective” baby.

Over the course of the next few days, like the most cowardly criminal ever, he plots his own baby’s murder – by conspiring with the doctor to substitute his supply of milk with sweetened water and, when that fails, by taking the baby to the clinic of a shady abortionist. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. A raw and powerful book about the brutality of life, human dreams, and dignity. This book is a perfect example of how good writing conquers all.

No entanto, o comportamento das personagens pode ser considerado chocante dependendo dos leitores. Jun 09, Paula W rated it really liked it. Anyway, this is the point where I put the book down because I really didn’t like Bird, and I felt so sorry for his wife and his new child. 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.


Shigeto’s dedication to “a hopeless cause. Too Loud a Solitude: Also, some of the ugliness felt familiar, so again the author was incredibly brave to have been able to look that far into human ugliness possibly his own to come up with this story.

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 seems as if Bird’s whole world falls apart now and he goes on something of a bender.

Yet as this year’s. When people talk about “perfect” novels, an idea I totally glower at, I think If you’ve never read this one and you’re looking kwnzaburo a shortish novel that rocked hard enough to win 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.

You can get lost in a web trying to track them down, Oe has a photographic memory when it comes to literature. He feels reluctant at first, but then concedes and is able to achieve orgasm with Himiko. Matter his way back to Himiko’s apartment, Bird realizes that he will probably have to use the money he had saved for his future trip to Africa to pay the eo bills.

View the Lesson Plans. It is a young man’s moral struggle to rise above his dreams for himself and his raging passions. This is personaal first book by Kenzaburo Oe and I am ke sure if this is the best book to make an opinion about his writing.

This book is incredibly dark, it isn’t a fun read, but Jesus Christ Oe is an amazing writer.