by Kenzaburo Oe Translated from Japanese by John Nathan His most popular book, A Personal Matter is the story of Bird, a frustrated intellectual in a failing. 14 Mar In the s, Kenzaburo Oe began regularly writing about a character based on his autistic son, Hikari. A Personal Matter, by Kenzaburo Oe. KENZABURO OE’S A PERSONAL MATTER: A NON-WESTERN PERSPECTIVE. Hari Ram Adhikari. BACKGROUND. Among the recent developments in critical.

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While walking along a busy Tokyo matteer he is capable of sparing a thought for his pregnant wife experiencing labour pains at the hospital and alternately seeking escapism in the form of dreaming about landscapes of Africa, a continent he desperately wishes to visit some day. The next day, Bird and Himiko take the baby from the hospital, planning to take him to a doctor that Himiko knows who has performed abortions and who, Himiko says, will help them get rid of the baby.

And I almost did. He also goes to his father-in-law to inform him of the situation.

Bird finds Himiko whose husband has recently committed suicide more than willing to share his scotch, but not quite as willing to drink it as quickly as Bird, who soon becomes intoxicated and passes out in Himiko’s bed. This element of the novel I found subtle and intriguing. You imprinted me with some kind of habit for being betrayed.


It also deals with responsibility. He desperately wants to escape from everyone and travel to Africa, but his son obviously stops that from happening and may keep him chained down to a ow life forever.

This really could be read as a feminist rant as well, though I doubt this was the point.

Oe the man has been a difficult, eruptive, unmanageable person, whose identity-pains inflate to fill any space he enters. Unfortunately, what he did here is create a character so selfish and depraved that I actively hated him while reading. The next time matetr says sex scenes can not be long and mean kkenzaburo I will point to this book. He had been day-dreaming of a trip to Africa; maybe even a new life in Africa. Thus, A Personal Matterceases to be just about a personal matter somewhere.

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Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids. Anyway, this is the point where I put the book down because I really didn’t like Bird, and I felt so sorry for his wife and his new child. It’s his easiest, most traditional narrative, strictly chronological, told by an ‘omniscient’ narrator whose omniscience is obviously a mask for the author’s projection of his own consciousness into his character named Bird.

The story is essentially an extreme study of morals within the main character, who is a tragic character wh This was the first book by Oe that I’ve read, and it was fantastic.

The story is essentially an extreme study of morals within the main character, who is a tragic character who seems to have made unfortunate choices in marriage and employment, and has some awful things behind him in life. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. View all 6 comments. Father, where was I a hundred years before I was born? Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Bird worries that he might lose his job. Comments on this book.

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You can get lost in a web trying to track them down, Oe krnzaburo a photographic memory when it comes to literature. It tells the story of Bird, a man struggling to come to terms with the birth of his disabled son. Ships from and sold by Amazon. As Bird struggles to embrace this “monster” as his son, he leaves his wife behind in kenzqburo hospital and enters in more ways than one into the life of a college classmate who is grieving her young husband’s suicide.

With every turn of a page, we find ourselves plunging deeper into the bottomless pit of shame, self-loathing and sheer grief along with Bird, our protagonist. And what does one sometimes do with personal tragedy, we write about it.

A Personal Matter

I loathed Bird for being so self-centered. Without reading the synopsis on the cover which I never really do before reading the book in fullI checked the book out of the library and dove in. These type of circumstances create a constant light on a life that we preferred to keep private. How would you feel? Bird thrashes about, like Japan at the time, risking everything and achieving little. En este caso, lo que piensa Bird, el protagonista. Esta novela realmente me ha sacudido interiormente.

After the meeting with his supervisor, he is let go of his job. Feb 14, BlackOxford rated it really liked it Shelves: And then I felt better: Bird constantly deals with the moral dilemma of wanting his deformed child to die and out of his life.

Oe leaves the answer hanging. A Personal Matter Japanese: