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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He does not admit that he expects the baby’s death. He instills into Bird, the protagonist, a soul that the reader willingly follows him search. And then we quickly down two shots of Jose Cuervo. Before he makes his final decision, Bird’s entire past seems to rise up before him, revealing itself to be a nightmare of self-deceit. At the hospital where his wife has borne him a son, mattre learns that the baby has a brain aneurism and if it survives is likely to be severely handicapped.

After discussing the situation with the doctors who assure him there is little chance of any surgery to correct the situation being successfuland after taking the baby to a second hospital where tests kenzaburoo be done to determine the viability of surgeryBird visits his father-in-law to persnoal on the news.

I don’t know wha Imagine your child was born with his brain outside of his head. Sex is either rape or routine self-indulgence.

Here we get a flavor of the bankruptcy of his beloved literature to help Bird wallow through this emotional minefield: I don’t remember ever being as disgusted with the main character in a book as I was with Bird. Pero el hecho de no haberlo disfrutado Author does try to let loose his characters at some point of time in the book and it seems these characters have their own destiny and are controlled by it.

He was so bitter about his child, never celebrated the child’s birth, no love or appreciation or kenzavuro was expressed toward his wife and child at first. Over the course of the next few days, like the most cowardly criminal ever, he plots his own baby’s murder persohal by conspiring with the doctor to substitute his supply of milk with sweetened water and, when that fails, by taking the baby to the clinic of a shady abortionist.

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I had never read Oe, although I was aware that he had won the Nobel Prize.

Bird is troubled by the revelation, and regrets having to inform the relatives of his wife about the facts concerning the state of the child, who is not expected to survive for mattr. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

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Back at his cram school job, he meets one of his friendly students who wishes to claim that the vomit incident the earlier day was caused by food poisoning, and not hangover, in order for Bird have better chances of not being fired.

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Photo of Mount Fuji from exploreshizuoka. What if part of you was like, this is going to screw up my vacation plans? 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.

Aug 29, Hadrian rated it it was amazing Shelves: Anyway, this is the point where I put the book down because I really didn’t like Bird, le I felt so sorry for his wife and his new child.

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He refuses to give him a name or even acknowledge his gender and burden himself with the task of acquainting himself with his newborn son. By kehzaburo end I came to care for Bird and not judge him too much. So he has a low-status job as a cram-school instructor.

Bird, a young man awaiting the birth of his first child in a profoundly self absorbed state and when told the child has a fatal disfiguring defect seeks solace in whiskey and the company of a former 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 Personsl torn. Oe is not a rookie. Hungover at work the next day he lectures at a cram-schoolhe throws up while teaching.

The internal psychological struggle that he has to go through makes him feel fear, anger and shame, towards the baby and himself. Even more, often times a reader will find that these characters drive the plot forward. Bird, the miserable failure of a man. After the le with his supervisor, he is let go of his job. Pereonal worries that he might lose his job.

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And then I felt better: Browse all BookRags Study Guides. Jan 06, Manik Sukoco rated it it was amazing.

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On the one hand, this is an extremely well-written short novel s a man coming to terms with the birth of a special-needs child that will inevitably cause him to have to grow up and sacrifice many of his own selfish needs. It almost feels like somebody poking at and kenzabjro up our most secret, suppurating, psychological wounds and making them bleed all over again, thereby compelling us to wake up to the realization of their existence.

He sees a monster reflected in himself as repulsive as his neo-creation.