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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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Sponsored products related to this item. I loved this novel. And so we proceed to wrap them up in the protective wadding of false pretensions, carefully hiding them aw Reading A Personal Matter is nothing less than an agonizing experience.

But Oe’s imagination comes closer to Reality than anyone else’s ‘swear-on-a-bible’ truth. Unfortunately, what he did here is create a character so selfish and depraved that I actively hated him while reading. There were a few things that made up for the discomfort of following an unlikable character through some horrible behavior.

He was strongly influenced by the humanist values of his professor, Kazuo Watanabe. That’s easy to explain. He instills into Bird, the protagonist, a soul that the reader willingly follows him search.

A Personal Matter Summary & Study Guide

Recommended for anyone needing a starting point to get into Oe’s ouvre, but take note that it is a very dour trip.

Also, some of the ugliness felt familiar, so again the author was incredibly brave to have kenzabkro able to look that far into human ugliness possibly his own to come up with kenzsburo story. View all 8 comments. The depth of thought, or lack of it, provoked by the situation is startling: Esta novela realmente me ha sacudido interiormente.


Read more from the Study Guide. Published January 13th by Grove Press first published The blurbs on the cover report that this is his most pwrsonal book, published around the time I graduated from college in the late sixties.

Michael thinks a magical world will be his salvation.

A Personal Matter Summary & Study Guide

His first son, Hiraki, was born in with brain hernia; his fate rested solely on Oe’s peersonal. In the face of his grotesque tragedy, envisioning his future destroyed, his continuity broken, and kennzaburo denied, Bird goes through a pattern of decline that reveals all the vileness and ugliness of a man. Le voy a dar Oct 22, Ashkin Ayub rated it really liked it Shelves: A la vez me ha parecido un libro honesto They then go to a gay bar that Himiko is familiar with to have a drink.

With the exception of his feelings towards his deformed child. The next morning, he receives word that the baby has been born, but there is something wrong with it. Next, Bird goes to his wife in the maternity hospital, where she accuses him of planning to leave her and their child.

Back at Himiko’s apartment, Bird and Himiko wait for news of the baby from the second kenzabiro, and considering Bird’s maps of Africa, which Himiko is starting to find interesting. This is the same honesty that I admire in the writings of WG Sebald. And what kenzabburo one sometimes do with personal tragedy, we write about it.

Reid’s Readings: A Personal Matter by Kenzaburo Oe

Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Both of them shape their lives imaginatively in their story-telling. There is no doubt in my mind that A Personal Matter is a oersonal executed piece of literature.


Bird, the unfaithful husband. And when he finally finds hope in a hopeless place and sets into motion the long, convoluted process of acceptance, it is not the predictability of this ending which strikes us.

A Personal Matter Summary

View the Study Pack. I’m not trying to say that I simply didn’t like them or that they were horrible characters; I mean that if I knew these people in real life, I would likely be in prison because every single one of them are deserving of some righteous act of God that is reserved for the lowest and most inhumane members of society.

He also goes to his father-in-law to inform him of the situation. The child itself appears to be a symbol. This article about a s novel is a stub. Thus, A Personal Matterceases to be just about a personal matter somewhere.

Slowly as the days trickle by after the birth of the unwanted child, Bird starts viewing the entity he repeatedly refers to as ‘the monster baby’as a human offspring blessed with the powers of sensation and expression. As perwonal novel begins, Bird is in a bookstore, having just purchased some maps of Africa, a place he has long dreamed of visiting. But it seems that reality compels you to live properly when you live in the real world.

Dec 18, Niles Stanley rated it liked it.