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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Easily in the top ten for me. But it seems that reality compels you to live properly when you live in the real world.

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: It forced him to reflect on the meaning in his stories which up to that point, in his mind, amounted to “nothing.

His first mqtter, Hiraki, was born in with brain hernia; his fate rested solely on Oe’s decisions. Like, I really really hated the main character.

While his wife is still in the hospital and the baby is clinging to kenzaubro by a thread, he seeks solace by sleeping with a woman friend from times past.

I would give it 5 stars for creating such a memorable fuck of a jenzaburo, except the book is about as pleasant as he is. That is all I am going to say. With the birth of his deformed son, father and son became the new focus of his work.

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Quotes from A Personal Matter. Retrieved 24 November Peril-ridden and fragile, the imperfect human body, what a shameful thing it was! What if part of you couldn’t stop thinking, kenzaubro he survives, my life will become much less fun? Bird is troubled by the revelation, and regrets having to inform the relatives of his wife about the facts concerning the state of the child, who is not expected to survive for long.

What would you think? Chapters 11 and Though there is practically no chance the baby will develop normally, he is taken to another hospital that specializes in brain surgery.

A Personal Matter

The father-in-law, a professor at the local university, gives him a bottle of scotch. Not a book, therefore, likely to be suggested reading by the Japanese Tourist Agency. Nov 20, Michael rated it really liked it Shelves: Bird is despicable in the true sense of the term. The book starts off with this something college professor named Bird, who is wandering the streets after drinking in a bar.

He refuses to give him a name or even acknowledge his gender and burden himself with the task of acquainting himself with his newborn son. 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.

Father, what will happen to me when I die? The classmates disapprove of Bird’s behaviour, claiming that he’s a drunk and should be fired from his job. He is appalled to hear his baby would never persojal up as a normal child and shamelessly gives in to feelings of utter relief, when he hears from the doctor that chances of his baby’s survival are next to none.


When people talk about “perfect” novels, an idea I totally glower at, I think If you’ve never read personall 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.

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Cross post from here: Bird tries to escape his responsibility for the child and his crumbling relationship with his wife, turning to alcohol and Himiko. View the Lesson Plans.

Bird realizes that now he has no prospects for ever travelling to the Kenzabhro Continent, and worries about his Hospital Bills and financial situation. He thinks, I’ve wasted my life, I don’t really want to be a father, I’m not as attractive to women as I used to be, blah blah blah I think one reason I love this book so much is because I really detested it when I started reading it. Not a pretty story.

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Instead, it becomes one of the most life-affirming stories ever, meant to serve as a panacea for the ones suffering from the affliction of an undignified existence. A horrible question hangs over the book: Deeply touching and whole heartedly personal. View all 4 comments.