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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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As he comes full circle, traversing the seemingly infinite distance between madness and sanity, so does the reader. This section prrsonal words approx. He never got over the juvenile shame of exposure of his own homely naked body and sense of disgust over sex.

There, Bird finally realizes can cannot continue to run from the baby.

Bird realizes that now he has no prospects for ever travelling to the African Continent, and worries about his Hospital Bills and financial situation. Aug 26, Alex rated it it was amazing Shelves: Trembling, Bird fled the apartment with his eyes on the floor, fled down the stairs, fled through the hall, straddled his bike and fled everything behind him.

Peril-ridden and fragile, the imperfect human body, what a shameful thing it was! I like the way he writes in a flow that seems satisfying for a reader like me to enjoy.

The baby enters this world with potential brain damage, unbeknownst to his wife, the mother. Our anti-hero surprises us with resistance to such an easy mental out: At the hospital, Bird intimates to a doctor he does not want a baby that will not develop normally a sentiment his mother-in-law also implied before Bird ,enzaburo for the new hospital.

Whilst teaching, Bird suddenly becomes wildly nauseated and vomits in his classroom. Is Himiko a good person, a bad person, or being used as a means to an end for Bird? A Personl Matter by Kenzaburo Oe.


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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Jul 30, Anna rated it it was amazing Recommended to Anna by: If I don’t, ah, what will become of my trip to Africa? Not long after leaving the baby at the clinic, HImiko and Bird are at a bar.

Delve into kenzaburoo teenager’s consciousness with Osamu Dazai’s ‘Schoolgirl’ Published in”Schoolgirl” established Osamu Dazai’s career as a writer. Chapter 7 and 8.

But eventually he decides to allow the operation and keep the baby. He tries to help it along, ordering him fed only on sugar water instead of milk. Peronal does not admit that he expects the baby’s death.

A Personal Matter by Kenzaburō Ōe

I had never read Oe, although I was aware that he had won the Nobel Prize. He had been day-dreaming of a trip to Africa; maybe even a new life in Africa. The father-in-law, a professor at the local university, gives him a bottle of scotch. After discussing the situation with the doctors who assure him there is little chance of any surgery to correct the situation being successfuland after taking the baby to a second hospital where tests will be done to determine the viability of surgeryBird visits his father-in-law to pass on the news.

Hungover at work the next day he lectures at a cram-schoolhe throws up while teaching. 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. jatter

A Personal Matter

It can be difficult to read because of the brutality of the descriptions and language in the book, but kkenzaburo worthwhile. In between his twinges of lunatic thought, we get some moving poetic windows on his misery: Eventually he comes to a choice point where he 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. Kenzaaburo would certainly never recommend this book outright, ,enzaburo I have to admit, if you want something that deals with difficult problems in a vicious manner this book is perfect for you.


This article uses Western name order when mentioning individuals. 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. Grove Press- Fiction – pages.

Want kenzabuuro Read saving…. A horrible question hangs over the book: It took me the longest time to read it, but now I am thankfully done.

At each of those moments you survived in one universe and left your own corpse behind in another. Bird worries that he might lose his job. They’re waiting for the child to die of his dreadful birth defects. Bird’s aimlessness, his dreaming of Africa, his reluctance to commit, are all not unusual for a year old, and it may just be the extent of his tragedy that makes his wrestling with responsibility seem more crass than others.

Through the course of the narrative, Oe moves his personal matter subtly with political, social and existential thoughts concerning man’s being, his fear, dread, suffering, alienation, anguish and death.


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