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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Dec 18, Niles Stanley rated it liked it.

In your opinion, does a vegetable suffer? I like the way he writes in a flow that seems satisfying for a reader like me to enjoy.

Cross post from here: View all 12 comments. Every one, especially every parent. If you’re not sure how to activate it, please refer to this site: All the characters are vaguely inhuman as well as inhumane.

The doctor subtly tells Bird that he can give it sugar water instead of milk to ensure the baby does not get stronger, thus preventing him from getting the surgery necessary to fix the hernia. A Personal Matter Japanese: At the same, the mere fact that Oe was able to illicit these feelings in me as strongly as he has shows that he is good at what he does.


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Bird goes to see his father in law and let him know what happened. The mother-in-law refuses even to make eye contact with Bird. The baby enters this world with potential brain damage, unbeknownst to his wife, the mother. His first son, Hiraki, was born in with brain hernia; his fate rested solely on Oe’s decisions.

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. I picked the book up again and got knezaburo into it. His pregnant wife is introduced to us shortly before she gives birth. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

A Personal Matter

A Personal Matter from BookRags. In the novel Bird, a young Japanese man living in Tokyo, descends into a life and death moral turmoil over the kenzaguro of his first son who is born with a curiously damaged head. Anyway, I find it sort of disheartening that only one of my “friends,” some dude I don’t even really know, has rated it.

He also forces us to acknowledge its perpetuity, accept it and achieve a state of harmony with it. This article about a s novel is a stub. Maybe what’s wrong with American Letters today is that not enough people have read this lateth century Japanese masterpiece?!

Nov 20, Michael rated it really liked it Shelves: View all 14 comments. This book from challenges us with whether we can empathize with its lead character, Bird, in the face of disgust over his morality.


I mean, fucking hell, get a grip. 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. Chapter 7 and 8.

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A little while after, Bird goes to Himiko’s house and is proposed by her sexual intercourse, of which he agrees. He races to the mattwr where he learns that the baby has a brain hernia.

His primary feelings about the baby are shame and disgust. Bird, the miserable failure of a man. Beyond that it seems to me impossible for a non-Japanese to comment. He only views his biological child as a callously assembled, defective mass of flesh, blood and bone. As founders and directors Mattter Chikatani and Richard Nathan explained in a recent Oe is not a rookie. Like, I really really hated the main character. And then I felt better: