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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He had been day-dreaming of a trip to Africa; maybe even a new life in Africa. The author descriptively connects the child and Bird through small actions, such as in sleep or scratching behind an ear.

So he has a low-status job as a cram-school instructor. He thinks, I’ve wasted my life, I don’t really want to be a father, I’m not as attractive to women as I used to be, blah blah blah.

Get to Kenzabufo Us. But “the baby continued to live, and it was oppressing Bird, even beginning to attack him. Without reading the synopsis on the cover which I never really do before reading the book in fullI checked the book out of the library and dove in.

Posted by Andrea at Friday, August 12, Reactions: Bird discusses the situation with doctors and is told surgery cannot fix the condition. Chapters 3 and 4. He married Juzo Itami in Chapters 5 and 6.

This triggers in him a surge of anger which, in turn, transforms into intense sexual energy, which Bird eventually expends mattsr Himiko. He goes looking for a phone in order to call his mother-in-law and find out how the birth of his child is going. He drinks and he pukes, he pukes and he drinks, but those are almost quaint and lovely traits compared to his desire to kill his own “defective” baby.


And so we kenzaburp to wrap them up in the protective wadding of false pretensions, carefully hiding them aw Reading A Personal Matter is amtter less than an agonizing experience.

Reading A Personal Matter is nothing less than an agonizing experience.

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After a short philosophical discussion, both become drunk and Bird sleeps at Himiko’s, only to wake up peesonal the morning after in a deep state of hangover from all the whisky he had drunk the day before. View all 5 comments.

Even more, often times a reader will find that these characters drive the plot forward. However, haunted by the ordeal of his dying child, Bird is unable to achieve an erection at the mention of the word “pregnancy” and “womb” uttered by Himiko, and ends up resorting to the practice of BDSM.

This study guide contains the following sections: Like, I really really hated the main character. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Trivia About A Personal Matter. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. I picked the book up again and got more into it.

Not in the Travel Brochures Nothing about Japan, neither its culture nor its institutions, not to say its people, is portrayed with any sympathy in A Personal Matter.

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In the face of his grotesque tragedy, envisioning his future destroyed, his continuity broken, and freedom denied, Bird goes through a pattern of decline that oersonal all the vileness and ugliness of a man.

Anyway, I find it sort of disheartening that only one of my “friends,” some dude I don’t even really know, has rated it. If you’re not sure how to activate it, please refer to this site: I would certainly never recommend this book outright, but I have to admit, if you personla something that deals with difficult z in a vicious manner this book is perfect for you.


Eventually, after getting lost in the rain, Bird and Himiko find the doctor’s clinic and drop the baby off, afterwards going into a gay bar that Himiko knows for a drink.

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The internal psychological struggle that he has to go through makes him feel fear, anger and shame, towards the baby and himself. A Personal Matter Summary. Yet at the same time he shudders in revulsion at the thought of having to kill a helpless, sick little child with his bare hands.

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View all 8 comments. Written inthe novel is semi-autobiographical and dark in tone. His primary feelings about the baby are shame and disgust.