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A Personal Matter

A Personal Matter Description:

Kenzabur e the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature is internationally acclaimed as one of the most important and influential post World War II writers known for his powerful accounts of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and his own struggle to come to terms with a mentally handicapped son The Swedish Academy lauded e for his poetic force that creates an imagined world where life and myth condense to form a disconcerting picture of the human predicament today br br His most personal book i A Personal Matter i is 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

Rating: 3.29 out of 5

Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids

Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids Description:

Nip the Buds Shoot the Kids recounts the exploits of teenage reformatory boys evacuated in wartime to a remote mountain village where they are feared and detested by the local peasants When plague breaks out the villagers flee blocking the boys inside the deserted town Their brief attempt to build autonomous lives of self respect love and tribal valor is doomed in the face of death and the adult nightmare of war

Rating: 3.29 out of 5

The Silent Cry

The Silent Cry Description:

Two brothers Takashi and Mitsu return from Tokyo to the village of their childhood The selling of their family home leads them to a confrontation with their family history Their attempt to escape the influence of the city ends in failure as they realize that its tentacles extend to everything in the countryside including their relationship

Rating: 3.49 out of 5

Teach Us to Outgrow Our Madness: Four Short Novels

Teach Us to Outgrow Our Madness: Four Short Novels Description:

These four novels display Oe s passionate and original vision Oe was ten when American jeeps first drove into the mountain village where he lived and his literary work reveals the tension and ambiguity forged by the collapse of values of his childhood on the one hand and the confrontation with American writers on the other The earliest of his novels included here Prize Stock reveals the strange relationship between a Japanese boy and a captured black American pilot in a Japanese village Teach Us to Outgrow Our Madness tells of the close relationship between an outlandishly fat father and his mentally defective son Eeyore Aghwee the Sky Monster is about a young man s first job chaperoning a banker s son who is haunted by the ghost of a baby in a white nightgown The Day He Himself Shall Wipe My Tears Away is the longest piece in this collection and Oe s most disturbing work to date The narrator lies in a hospital bed waiting to die of a liver cancer that he has probably imagined wearing a pair of underwater goggles covered with dark cellophane

Rating: 3.64 out of 5

A Quiet Life

A Quiet Life Description:

A Quiet Life is an uncanny blend of the real with the imagined of memoir with fiction A Quiet Life is narrated by Ma chan a twenty year old woman Her father is a famous and fascinating novelist her older brother though severely brain damaged possesses an almost magical gift for musical composition and her mother s life is devoted to the care of them both Ma chan and her younger brother find themselves emotionally on the outside of this oddly constructed nuclear family But when her father accepts a visiting professorship from an American university Ma chan finds herself suddenly the head of the household and at the center of family relationships that she must begin to redefine

Rating: 3.57 out of 5

The Changeling

The Changeling Description:

In i The Changeling i Nobel Prize winning author Kenzaburo Oe takes readers from the forests of southern Japan to the washed out streets of Berlin as he investigates the impact our real and imagined pasts have on our lives p Writer Kogito Choko is in his sixties when he rekindles a childhood friendship with his estranged brother in law the renowned filmmaker Goro Hanawa As part of their correspondence Goro sends Kogito a trunk of tapes he has recorded of reflections about their friendship But as Kogito is listening one night he hears something odd I m going to head over to the Other Side now Goro says and then Kogito hears a loud thud After a moment of silence Goro s voice continues But don t worry I m not going to stop communicating with you Moments later Kogito s wife rushes in Goro has jumped to his death from the roof of a building p p With that Kogito begins a far ranging search to understand what drove his brother in law to suicide The quest takes him to Berlin where he confronts ghosts from both his own past and that of his lifelong but departed friend p

Rating: 3.32 out of 5

La presa

La presa Description:

Durante la guerra del Pac fico un avi n enemigo se estrella Har n prisionero al nico superviviente un soldado negro El prisionero se convertir para los ni os en una especie de animal domesticado al que adorar

Rating: 3.59 out of 5

Hiroshima Notes

Hiroshima Notes Description:

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Rating: 3.29 out of 5

Seventeen & J

Seventeen & J Description:

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Rating: 3.58 out of 5

Rouse Up, O Young Men of the New Age!

Rouse Up, O Young Men of the New Age! Description:

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Rating: 3.50 out of 5