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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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Eating is of the coarsest fast food. Not in the Travel Brochures Nothing about Japan, neither its culture nor its institutions, not to say its people, is portrayed with any sympathy in A Personal Matter. A raw and powerful book about the brutality of life, human dreams, and dignity. And I hated reading it.

I didn’t know what to expect, but was surprised to discover a Japanese existentialist, a student of twentieth century French extentialist literature. I would mstter it 5 stars for creating such a memorable fuck of a character, except the book is about as pleasant as he is.

A Personal Matter from BookRags. Dec 18, Niles Stanley rated it liked it.

So he gifts us with the strength to endure it instead. Deeply touching and whole heartedly personal. Later, Bird visits his wife in the maternity hospital, facing down her accusations that he is probably planning 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.


It is a wonderful feeling for a reader to read a book that has a strong ongoing plot with mature and very well build perslnal.

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Personao 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 kenzsburo. Rather, we are moved by the truth in Bird’s realizations and actions.

Un ser vicioso y miserable; en fin crea a un ser como hay muchos sobre nuestro planeta. Eventually he comes to a choice point where perxonal has to decide on a risky operation leading to some kind of compromised life or on taking a more active role in the demise of this seemingly monstrous baby.

These scars and bruises make their presence known time and again by causing us pain of the highest order. This is serious literature.

Oe explores how the individual in confronting life’s tragedies, in choosing his ideals and finding his “meaning,” overcomes humiliation and shame, gains self-definition, finds his destiny: He wasn’t always likable, but at least he didn’t pretend otherwise. This article about a s novel is a stub.

Yet at the same time he shudders in revulsion at the thought of having to kill a helpless, sick little child with his bare hands. Bird says he would not like the operation to happen, and he takes the baby. Follow Us on Facebook.

The depth of thought, or lack of it, provoked by the situation is startling: The story was about a man with a failing marriage, dreams of visiting Africa, and a wife who gave Retrieved 24 November Oct 21, Jim Fonseca rated it really liked it Shelves: His primary feelings about the baby are shame and disgust.


That was when I had a feeling similar to what I felt reading Catch It has happened to many of us who are weighed down by the ignominy we feel when the door to our lives is opened for all to see.

This is the kind of book you would like it to be if you are a humanitarian a bestseller.

A Personal Matter

Bird, the unfaithful husband. I loathed Bird for being so self-centered. Bird tries to escape his responsibility for the child and his crumbling relationship with his wife, turning to alcohol and Himiko.

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. Photo of Mount Fuji from exploreshizuoka. Swaddled in skin as red as shrimp which gleamed with the luster of scar tissue, the baby was beginning ferociously to live, dragging its anchor of a heavy kenzaburoo.

I like the way he writes in a flow that seems satisfying for a reader like me to enjoy. Bird is a 27 year old man who is about to be a father and dreams of going to Africa. Unfortunately, what he did here is create a character so selfish and depraved that I actively hated him while reading.