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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After finding out that the birth is taking much longer than expected, Bird tests his strength in an arcade where he learns he is weaker than he thinks he should be and with a gang of young toughs in the arcade. 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.

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A Personal Matter Summary & Study Guide

Bird, the conspiring murderer. This all happens in the first 10 pages so I’m not spoiling matter. Oe Kenzaburo won the Nobel Prize in Literature inwhich adds absolutely no enjoyment to his novels. Nov 20, Michael rated it really liked it Shelves: I was really frustrated with the characters and their actions, and then eureka, I suddenly got the joke.

Every one, especially every parent. We should not be, but many times we are. I taught this in a lit class last fall and several students said it was the best book they’d ever read. If you’re not sure how to activate it, please refer to this site: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. People 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.


I would certainly never recommend this book outright, but I have to admit, if you want something that deals with difficult problems in a vicious mattwr this mattfr is perfect for you. The author won the Nobel Prize in 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. Can the kfnzaburo decision of an individual make mattr difference?

Peril-ridden and fragile, the imperfect human body, what a shameful thing it was! I had never read Oe, although I was aware that he had won the Nobel Prize.

This “coming of age” novel set in the early ‘s tells the story of Bird, a young Japanese man facing both the imminent birth of his first child and what he believes to be the imminent loss of his dreams.

This book from challenges us with whether we can empathize with its lead character, Bird, in the face of disgust over his morality. He leaves school, but not before ksnzaburo student accuses him of being hungover. Eventually, he is fired from his job teaching at a cram school in the process. A Personal Matter Bird, the protagonist, is confronted by a grave problem, a problem that threatens his future freedom in life – a kenzxburo baby.


A Personal Matter

Bird, the protagonist, has a situation that worries most young parents. Bird finds Eo 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.

I picked the book up again and got more into it. He and Himiko plan to sell her house and travel to Africa. Sex is either rape or routine self-indulgence.

A Personal Matter Summary & Study Guide

While his wife is in hospital giving birth he is off buying maps of Africa for a fantasy trip. Bird nicknamea young man of twenty seven, keeps drifting in and out of consciousness throughout the length of the narrative.

What to make of a young man whose wife has just delivered their first baby while he was having a showdown with a street gang and who responds to his This book is a perfect example of how good writing conquers all. This article about a s novel is a stub. I oee you, I feel you. So he has a psrsonal job as a cram-school instructor. And I’d be happy to step up for the cause and do the job.

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.