1969 novel by the Nobel laureate Kenzaburo Oe about a character named Bird who is having something of life crisis, complicated by the birth of brain damaged son. He deals with it by avoiding his wife and having an affair. Dark, yet ironic, you can see Oe's influence on another Japanese master: Haruki Murakami. Other good Oe books: "Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids" and "Teach Us to Outgrow Our Madness."
Oë masterfully depicts the contradictions in the human psyche. The main characters internal struggle made me think of "Catcher in the Rye." Not the same conflict, mind you, but the feeling it evokes, through its descent to darkness, is similar.
Gripping story of one man's tormented journey to acceptance of his newborn handicapped son. Partially autobiographical.
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