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. 14 Mar In the s, Kenzaburo Oe began regularly writing about a character based on his autistic son, Hikari. A Personal Matter, by Kenzaburo Oe. KENZABURO OE’S A PERSONAL MATTER: A NON-WESTERN PERSPECTIVE. Hari Ram Adhikari. BACKGROUND. Among the recent developments in critical.

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The father is a man who had a bout with alcohol years ago that forced him to drop out of college. Bird tells the doctor that he plans to take the baby home.

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His writing style reflects the influence of Sartre, Camus, and Beckett. Please try again later. Instead, it becomes one of the most life-affirming stories ever, meant to serve as a panacea for pefsonal ones suffering from the affliction of an undignified existence. Father, where was I a hundred years before I was born?

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. It almost feels like somebody poking at and perrsonal 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.


Oe Kenzaburo won the Nobel Prize in Literature inwhich adds absolutely no enjoyment to his novels. It was subtle, complete, and perfect. Quotes from A Personal Matter. I thought, Is this kind of reaction normal, and accepted, for a Japanese man in the s??

I think one reason I love this book so much is because I really detested it when I started reading it.

As Bird struggles peraonal embrace this “monster” as his son, he leaves his wife behind in the hospital and enters in more ways than one into the life of a college classmate who is grieving her young husband’s suicide. Bird, the protagonist, has a situation that worries most young parents.

Somehow I must get away from the monster baby. This article uses Western name order when mentioning individuals.

A Personal Matter

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. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. His mwtter is a university professor who gives Bird a bottle of liquor. This book just moves too slow. Whilst teaching, Bird suddenly becomes wildly nauseated and vomits in his classroom. This article about a s novel is a stub. Michael thinks a magical world will be his salvation.


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Do you catch my drift? Chapters 9 and Where will I be a hundred years after I die? After a period, they do not seem to care. There matetr also background passages based on news about the possibility of nuclear war. I recommend this book to any reader who wants to enjoy a well-written book. When I maatter seminary to begin studying for ministry I announed that I was an existentialist, although there was really no clear definition of what existentialism was.

The internal psychological struggle that he has to go through makes him feel fear, anger and shame, towards the baby and himself. Events and characters are often described indirectly. Which is probably a healthy response. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. 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.