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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Social relations are either violent or exploitative. By the end I came to care for Bird and not judge him too much. Prior tomost of Oe’s writings had focused on the catastrophes of recent Japanese history: Bird’s wife, mother-in-law and father-in-law all commend him for the actions he took to save the baby.

Jun 09, Paula W rated it really liked it. A la vez me ha parecido un libro honesto In the novel Bird, a young Japanese man living in Tokyo, descends into a life and death moral turmoil over the birth of his first son who is born with a curiously damaged head.

Like many of Dickens’s novels, the conclusion seems too deliberately conclusive and somewhat forced. Open Preview See a Problem? What would you think?

A Personal Matter

Dec 18, Niles Stanley rated it liked it. Embriaga-se e procura a ajuda de uma amiga. Bird is a 27 year old man who is about to be a father and dreams of going to Africa. Kenzabugo recommend this book to any reader who wants to enjoy a well-written book. This study guide contains the following sections: I think one reason I love this book so much is because I really detested it when I started reading it.


Weak-willed and jittery, he refuses to accept the birth of a child with a grotesque lump on its head and crucial genetic deformities. Don’t have a Kindle?

Bird decides to share it with an old girlfriend, Himiko, and visits her apartment. Keenzaburo love this damn book but I wanted to climb inside the pages and tip our hero into a cement mixer so he could become part of the foundations of the new Tokyo and therefore perform the only useful act in his miserable life. Father, what will happen to me when I die? Chapters 5 and 6.

A Personal Matter by Kenzaburō Ōe

The whole book is a symphony on shame and its avoidance. The father-in-law, a professor at the local university, gives him a kenzaburoo of scotch. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Explore the Home Gift Guide. Sorry, but your browser needs Javascript to use this site. After meeting with the doctor, he discovers that his son has been born with a brain herniaalthough the fact is still obscure to his wife. While his wife is in hospital giving birth he is off buying maps of Africa for a fantasy trip.

Soon after day-dreaming about his trip and a brawl with a few local delinquents from the region, Bird receives a call from the doctor of the hospital regarding his newborn b, urging him to talk in person.

The internal psychological struggle that he has to go through makes him feel fear, anger and shame, towards the baby and himself.

After the ordeal, he returns to the hospital, sure that his child should have died by now. He disgusts the reader but he also evokes feelings of sympathy and solidarity. Some time passes and it is a week after the operation.


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.

The surgeon makes no guarantees as to the outcome, although there is a very good chance that the child, if he survives an operation, will be no more intelligible than cod in miso sauce. Every one, especially every parent. I don’t remember ever being as disgusted with the main character in a book as I was with Bird.

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I don’t know, but you wouldn’t be alone. When he asks the nurse concerning the baby, he is surprised to know that his child is still alive, and if survived after a few days, is expected to go through Brain Surgeryeven though the prospects of him turning into a healthy normal child is non-existent.

Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. 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. No entanto, o comportamento das personagens pode ser considerado chocante dependendo dos leitores. What if you did have a crisis like this?