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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Is Persinal a good person, a bad person, or being used as a means to an end for Bird? Bird, a young man awaiting the birth of his first child in a profoundly self absorbed state and when told the oee has a fatal disfiguring defect seeks solace in whiskey and the company of a former He plummets into a series of debauched actions, self-loathing and self-destruction. But then at the same time, Bird is also the very personification of all our worst human weaknesses.

The only direction you need to take would come from the one who truly, personally matters – I chose you, dear father, to hold my hand, Let’s walk the same road.

More summaries and resources for teaching or studying A Personal Matter. In your opinion, does a vegetable suffer? How would you feel?

A Personal Matter by Kenzaburō Ōe

With the birth of his deformed son, father and son became the new focus of his work. Kenazburo is a wonderful feeling for a reader to read a book that has a strong ongoing plot with mature and very well build characters.


The father-in-law, a professor at the local university, gives him a bottle of scotch. Sleep is a time of nightmares. Mattter would give it 5 stars for creating such a memorable fuck of a character, except the book is about as pleasant as he is.

I was really frustrated with the characters and their actions, and then eureka, I suddenly got the joke. I don’t know what I would think.

They’re waiting for the child to die of his dreadful birth defects. Chapter 7 and 8.

A Personal Matter

Quotes from A Personal Matter. View all 15 comments. It is apparent that this condition has consumed his thoughts for an entire life.

His first son, Hiraki, was born in with brain hernia; his fate rested solely on Oe’s decisions. When he goes back to the hospital, Bird has to lie to his wife concerning the state of the baby and its cranial condition, claiming that it is an unknown organ failure that is causing the baby to suffer. How could he, upon seeing his new son, not want I’ve been to dark places but not this dark, and it’d be presumptuous to think I might know what it’d bring out in me.

That was when I had a feeling similar to what I felt reading Catch No entanto, o comportamento das personagens pode ser considerado chocante dependendo dos leitores.

Needless to say, I finished the book and really became involved with the characters and their thought processes. The narrative voice is good and the dialogue formation is flawless. Our anti-hero surprises kwnzaburo with resistance to such an easy mental out: It reminds me of the homeless, who live lives in the open, for all to see and evaluate.


A Personal Matter Summary & Study Guide

Although Japan in the early sixties places the action into a firm context, global upheavals of the old order the women’s liberal movement, political unrest in academia, the Cuban missile crisis give it universal appeal.

The main character is a man who has natter learned that his wife gave birth to a boy with a deformed head and brain damage. A Personal Matter ‘s themes of deception and escape, authentic life and self-identity, raises the novel to a more universal concept.

The baby enters this world with potential brain damage, mattet to his wife, the mother. This triggers in him a surge of anger which, in turn, transforms into intense sexual energy, which Bird eventually expends on Himiko.

Bird, the protagonist, wanders the streets aimlessly and gets into fistfights while his wife is in labour. Somehow I must get away from the monster baby. This connection is mostly up to the reader as kenzaburoo garner little visions on the scope of life of a defeated nation in the painful process of recovery after the war.

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