Personal Matter

Personal Matter

Book - 1994
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Kenzaburo Oe, the winner of the 1994 Nobel Prize for Literature, is internationally acclaimed as one of the most important and influential post-World War II writers, known for his powerful accounts of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and his own struggle to come to terms with a mentally handicapped son. The Swedish Academy lauded Oe for his "poetic force [that] creates an imagined world where life and myth condense to form a disconcerting picture of the human predicament today." His most popular book, A Personal Matter is the story of Bird, a frustrated intellectual in a failing marriage whose Utopian dream is shattered when his wife gives birth to a brain-damaged child. "In writing novels there is no substitute for maturity and moral awareness. Kenzaburo Oe has both."--Alan Levensohn, Christian Science Monitor
Publisher: New York, NY : Grove, 1994
ISBN: 9780802150615
0802150616
Characteristics: 165 p. ; 21 cm

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CRAIGEEJ
May 11, 2015

First of all I can't get the scent of Grapefruit out of my head....it seems that said it all to me about Bird from his Wife's perspective and that was that was him at his most self-indulgent best like a horse is a horse is a horse of course so can the same be said of a gift ...at least in Birds mind and his sexual Hi-jinks (and believe me that's all they were) bored me to the quick what's the point if all orgasms lead to dread? and the brain damaged baby? it seemed all roads led to brittle introspection (except on the Mother-in-laws part ,she KNEW what was in store) little red sports cars that he probably would've one day had brought for his son had he not the common decency not to be born .....how shall I say it.....oh yeah DIFFERENT....I took the merry-go-round ride that was Bird I found him in mid-purge of his demons and enroute to becoming a fully-formed human being and father I long for a sequel.

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