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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Whilst teaching, Bird suddenly becomes wildly mattsr and vomits in his classroom. Showing of 64 reviews. And when he finally finds hope in a hopeless place and sets into motion the long, convoluted process of acceptance, it is not the predictability of this ending which strikes us.

The story was about a man with a failing marriage, dreams of visiting Africa, and a wife who gave Published January 13th by Grove Press first published The next morning, he receives word that the baby has been born, but there is something wrong with it.

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There is the q that the deformity is possibly caused by radioactive contamination. What if you did have a crisis like this? He fears being in the presence of his wife and mother-in-law both of whom seem to blame him for everything, and seeks solace in violent sex with an old lover. Some time passes and it is a week after the operation.

He is given a bottle of whisky. Thus begins Bird’s gradual transformation, which the reader witnesses with mixed feelings. En este caso, lo que piensa Bird, el protagonista.


Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. If you’ve never read this one and you’re looking peersonal 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.

Bird’s father-in-law tells him his nickname no longer suits him. When I entered seminary to begin studying for ministry I announed that I was an existentialist, although there was really no clear definition of what existentialism was.

This is my first book by Kenzaburo Oe and I am not sure if perosnal is the best book to make an opinion about his writing. He is killing time between calling his mother-in-law to check up on the process of the delivery. 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 perception of it.

Because if we maybe honest enough with ourselves, there’s a Bird in each one of us and his deformed baby is merely a symbol of the indignities of our own personal existence. He would have liked to flee his own body.

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I thought, Is this kind of reaction normal, and accepted, for kebzaburo Japanese man in the s?? Not a book, therefore, likely to be suggested reading by the Japanese Tourist Agency. The baby continued to live, and it was oppressing Bird, even beginning to attack him. What if part of you couldn’t stop thinking, if he survives, my life will become much less fun?

Neither Oe nor Sebald is bound to literal veracity, fact for fact, in their obviously autobiographical fictions. A Personal Matter Japanese: Jul 30, Anna rated it it was amazing Recommended to Anna by: The Woman in the Dunes. He disgusts the reader but he also evokes feelings of sympathy and solidarity. Even more, often times a reader will find that these characters drive the plot forward. The surgeon makes no guarantees as to the outcome, although there is a very good chance that the child, if he of an operation, will be no more intelligible than cod in miso sauce.


Dec 18, Niles Stanley rated it liked it. Oct 21, Jim Fonseca rated it really liked it Shelves: His wife is in the hospital having prsonal child, and Bird is enjoying a mud bath of self-hatred. He wasn’t always likable, but at least he didn’t pretend otherwise. Bird thrashes about, like Japan at the time, risking everything and achieving little.

He conspires with his mother-in-law to keep its condition a secret while he follows its transfer to specialist care at a larger hospital elsewhere. The classmates disapprove of Bird’s behaviour, claiming that he’s a drunk and should be fired from his job.

The language was strange at times, though this is not surprising since this is a translation.

InOe won the Nobel Prize for Literature. View a FREE sample. The tragedy of a grotesquely deformed child, while disconcerting and disruptive to everyone concerned – family, hospital staff, employer – is no more than that.