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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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Oct 22, Ashkin Ayub rated it really liked it Shelves: I don’t remember ever being as disgusted with the main character in a book as I was with Bird. His primary feelings about the baby are shame and disgust.

A Personal Matter

Further suggestions might be found on the article’s talk page. Some time passes and it is a week after the operation. And at the very end, Bird, the accepting father. These scars and bruises make their presence known time and again kenzanuro causing us pain of the highest order.

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On his way back to Himiko’s apartment, Bird realizes that he will probably have to use the money he had saved for his future trip to Africa to pay the baby’s bills. He refuses to give him a name or even acknowledge his gender and burden himself with the task of persoonal himself with his newborn son.

It tells the story of Bird, a man who must come to terms with the birth of his mentally disabled son. Yet at the same time he shudders in revulsion at the thought of having to kill a helpless, sick little child with his bare hands. Time covered those early impulses over. With Himiko’s help, he takes the baby to an abortionist. Bird, kenaburo protagonist, is a young man of 27 with antisocial tendencies who more than once in his life, when confronted with a critical problem, has “cast himself adrift on a sea of whisky like a besotted Robinson Crusoe.


It seems this indisputable fact had eluded him so far. Retrieved 26 December And when he finally kenaaburo hope in a hopeless place and sets into motion the long, convoluted process of kenzwburo, it is not the predictability of this ending which strikes us.

A Personal Matter by Kenzaburō Ōe

I would give it 5 stars for creating such a memorable fuck of a character, except the book is about as pleasant as he is. He is unhappy in his life as is, even before the prospect of the brain damaged child enters his life. Bird, the conspiring murderer. He finishes the bottle of whisky and passes out. Looking back on the dogged nature of canine fiction With the success of ‘s “The Traveling Cat Chronicles” joining a clutter of famous feline-linked Japanese tales, cats definitely receive literary affection in Japan.

Bird says he would not like the operation to happen, and he takes the baby. The story is essentially an extreme study of morals within the main character, who is a tragic character who seems to peronal made unfortunate choices in marriage and employment, and has some awful things behind him in life. While walking along a busy Tokyo street he is capable of sparing a thought for his pregnant wife experiencing labour pains at the hospital and alternately seeking escapism in the persojal of dreaming about landscapes of Africa, a continent he desperately wishes to visit some day.

At the hospital, he discovers the baby has what is being called a brain hernia – parts of the brain have been pushed outside of the skull.


These influences appear in his early writings, which often deal with contemporary issues. Although immediately afterwards, he suffers from a keen self-hatred.

This is an astonishingly moral work, although the foundation of Oe’s morality is not framed in the more familiar Judeo-Christian orientation of the west.

Should he keep it? A Personal Matter by Kenzaburo Oe. Feb 14, BlackOxford rated it really liked it Shelves: 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, mayter, anguish and death.

Bird is constantly faced by his failures and triggers for self-loathing. The blurbs on the cover report that this is his most popular book, published around the time I graduated from college in the late sixties. My library Help Advanced Book Search. He drinks to excess during the waiting period, gets fired fro This book from challenges us with whether we can empathize with its lead character, Bird, in the face of disgust over his morality.

Dec 18, Niles Stanley rated it liked it. How could he, upon seeing his new son, not want He was born in a small village on the island of Shikoku, Japan.

I don’t know what I would think. View w 4 comments. 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.

Oe, the author, now eighty-three years old, has a brain damaged son. Nothing simple for sure.