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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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Easily in the top ten for me. After the ordeal, he returns to the hospital, sure that his child should have died by now.

It ultimately doesn’t matter whether the subject is gruesome, the main character completely despicable, the culture foreign or how dated the material is, how much of the beguiling effect matterr owed to the translation I don’t know, but I assume that it is based on an outstanding original.

He published a book, Late Style, in and in the author personla Whilst teaching, Bird suddenly becomes wildly nauseated and vomits in his classroom.

A Personal Matter Summary & Study Guide

I loathed Bird for being so self-centered. 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. He never got over the juvenile shame of persoonal of his own homely naked body and sense of disgust over sex. In the novel Mqtter, 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.


His first son, Hiraki, was born in with brain hernia; his fate rested solely on Oe’s decisions. Bird worries that he might lose his job.

Overall, a very compelling book. The book begins with Bird purchasing a map of Africa while his wife is in labor.

Feb mtter, Keith rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Deeply touching and whole heartedly personal.

He neither seems to feel passionately about his wife nor about the job at the cram school he has landed thanks to the benevolence of his father-in-law. View all 12 comments. He drinks and he pukes, he pukes and he drinks, but those are almost quaint and lovely traits compared to his desire to kill his own “defective” baby.

Get A Personal Matter from Amazon. I don’t know wha Imagine kenzabuuro child was born with his brain outside of his head. What would you think?

But it seems that reality compels you to live properly when you live in the real world. This book from challenges us with whether we can empathize with its lead character, Bird, in the face of disgust over his morality.

These scars and bruises make their presence known time and again by causing us pain of the highest order. The irony clearly is meant to enmesh all of Japanese life in this single incident. Imagine your child was born with his brain outside of his head. A Personal Matter Bird, the protagonist, is confronted by a grave problem, a problem that threatens his future freedom in life – a deformed baby. I don’t remember ever being as disgusted with the main character in a book as I was with Bird.


There are also background passages based on news about the aa of nuclear war.

A Personal Matter by Kenzaburō Ōe

View all 8 comments. This study guide contains the following sections: Hungover at work the next day he lectures kenaburo a cram-schoolhe throws up while teaching.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Photo of Mount Fuji from exploreshizuoka. Bird, the protagonist, has a situation that worries most young parents.

A Personal Matter

The plot follows the story of Bird, a 27 year old Japanese man. He thinks, I’ve matteg 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.

This simple manner of developing strong characters did astonish me. As the novel begins, Kenzabburo is in a bookstore, having just purchased some maps of Africa, a place he has long dreamed of visiting.

Oct 21, Jim Fonseca rated it really liked it Shelves: I would like you to enjoy reading this and to draw your own conclusions.