: Una cuestion personal (Spanish Edition) () by Kenzaburo Oe and a great selection of similar New, Used and Collectible Books . A Personal Matter is a novel by Japanese writer Kenzaburō Ōe. Written in , the novel is semi-autobiographical and dark in tone. It tells the story of Bird. Kenzaburō Ōe, the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, A partir de este hecho, se suceden en Una cuestión personal un gran número de.

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kenzabyro He disgusts the cuuestion but he also evokes feelings of sympathy and solidarity. It is a wonderful feeling for a reader to read a book that has a strong ongoing plot with mature and very well build characters. How would you feel? View all 4 comments. Retrieved 24 November But then at the same time, Bird is also the very personification of all our worst human weaknesses.

Bird, the protagonist, wanders the streets aimlessly and gets into fistfights while his wife is in labour. Cross post from here: Which is probably a healthy response.

Anyway, I find it sort of disheartening that only one of my “friends,” some dude I don’t even really know, has rated it. Rather, we are moved by the truth in Bird’s realizations and actions. Views Read Edit View history.

Want to Read saving…. I actually did appreciate Bird’s ugly, brutal, piercing honesty throughout. Bird continued to cry. And so we proceed to wrap them up in the protective wadding of false pretensions, carefully hiding them away from the scrutiny of the rest of the world and more importantly, ourselves. Bird, the miserable failure of a man. I would certainly never recommend this book outright, but I have to admit, if you want something that deals with difficult problems in a vicious manner this book is perfect for you.


We should not be, but many times we are. This article uses Western name order when mentioning individuals. As Bird struggles to embrace this “monster” as his son, he leaves his wife behind in the hospital and enters in more ways than one into the life of a college classmate who is grieving her young husband’s suicide. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion.

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. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Bird, the unfaithful husband. The blurb on the cover announces that it is close to “a perfect contemporary novel. It has happened to many of us who are weighed down by the ignominy we feel when the door to our lives is opened for all to see.

He is unhappy in his life as is, even before the prospect of the brain damaged child enters his life. 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 I’m torn. Eventually he comes to a choice point where he has to decide on a risky operation leading to some kind of compromised life or on taking a more active role in the demise of this seemingly monstrous baby.


Oe is not a rookie. For example, here, while putting on clean underwear at home after a duestion at hospital, he is ashamed at the sight of own genitals: Not a book, therefore, likely to be suggested reading by the Japanese Tourist Agency.


Maybe what’s wrong with American Letters today is that not enough people have read this lateth century Japanese masterpiece?! Learn more about Amazon Prime. 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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It can be difficult to read because of the brutality of the descriptions and language in the book, but extremely worthwhile. There is no doubt in my mind that A Personal Matter is a skilfully executed piece of literature.