A Personal Matter

A Personal Matter

Paperback - 1969
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"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."--P. [4] of cover.
Published: New York : Grove Press, ©1969.
ISBN: 9780802150615
Branch Call Number: F OE
Characteristics: x, 165 pages ;,21 cm
Additional Contributors: Nathan, John


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Dec 29, 2015

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."

Fabulandra Aug 23, 2012

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.

Jul 25, 2012

Gripping story of one man's tormented journey to acceptance of his newborn handicapped son. Partially autobiographical.


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