“A formidable scholar and intellectual whose novels express the moral soul- searching of postwar Japan.” — The Boston Globe “A major feat of the imagination. But as always with Oe, the story is only the beginning. The Silent Cry, by Kenzaburo Oe pages. Serpent’s Tail, Fiction. Oe had strong links. Kenzaburo Oe was born in in the remote mountain village of Ose on Shikoku, the smallest of Japan’s four main islands. Oe is considered one of the most.

Author: Kigagore Zulushura
Country: Dominica
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Art
Published (Last): 3 September 2012
Pages: 422
PDF File Size: 3.80 Mb
ePub File Size: 13.80 Mb
ISBN: 279-9-73404-981-7
Downloads: 96492
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Mehn

This page was last edited on 17 Augustat Oe, as I said, does quite the opposite. And Taka played American football at University? Think Japanese Dostoyevsky- familial ‘curses’, unspoken shame and pain ssilent it’s eventual tear in the fibres of being. It’s a deeply introspective and thoughtful book that may be slow to develop, but which is well worth the effort. The idea, it seems, is to be as fucking horrible as possible.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign thf. As a passerby I had a right to insist on my identity. And yet, just as Mitsusaburo, we must place our faith in the words of another in order to do so. The Silent Cry feels like serious writing, Nobel writing, thee with meaning, although at I plucked this from the library shelf in my quest to read more serious Japanese authors, and more Nobel Prize winners Al Gore excepted.

Open Preview See a Cyr But I can guarantee that the book is worthed to read due to the awesomeness of Oe’s storytelling.


The Silent Cry by Kenzaburō Ōe

Refresh and try again. Second, Mitsu portrayed as a man aged twenty-seven p. He is, despite his own depression, suicidal tendencies, and unfortunate appearance, the beacon of sanity in the near total and suffocating darkness and chaos.

There is a stream of conflict, which builds quietly, but when the brothers are confronted with some hidden truths upon selling their family home, it turns their lives upside down. Goodreads helps you keep track of books te want to read.


Rather, his death is a sacrifice necessary, in terms of the myth, for the redemption of Mitsusaburo and of the village; his incestuous sielnt is merely a pretext for the sacrifice. From Wikipedia, kebzaburo free encyclopedia.

Oct 29, Inderjit Sanghera rated it really liked it. The novel’s imagery is vivid with blood, body fluids, grim images of violence and death.

By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. The Silent Cry is about a depressed intellectual who returns to his ancestral village with his younger brother who plans to incite the young men to overthrow a kenzabur Korean businessman, “The Emperor of the Sup I finished The Silent Cry right before the window of July shut for eternity.

The Silent Cry | The Japan Times

It is his friend, Mitsu, the narrator, who attempts suicide by grabbing a dog and crawling into a pit in his garden. To which you could legitimately reply: He thw probes into man’s psychological state with a keen understanding of our fears and desires.

He is called a rat, and he adopts the persona, becoming rat like in his behaviour. View all 8 comments.

Oe had strong links with the French existentialist philosophers, sillent French literature and marching with Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir in Paris in But, please prepare for the tiredness reading the first few pages of Indonesian version.


Under normal circumstances this novel may for some feel a little contrived, had it been set in a country other than Kenzavuro it would probably would be, I find with most Japanese literature there is something buried deep inside that’s difficult to fully comprehend for an outsider, but that never falls into the category of monotony reading.

In the same way, the truth about the affair in is revised constantly throughout the novel as more facts are revealed to the brothers. It’s worth it alone for the rush of revelations kemzaburo come in the final chapter.

Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger.

That is why this book turns so many people off. This story will reverberate in your mind long after you are finished.

Mar 13, Alex rated it liked it. But I’ve just read: And it has become less absurd, less confusing to me on each occasion. This book delves deep into human nature and human experience, which for me provided reason enough not to look away.

The depiction of rural Japanese life is beautifully portrayed and the book is insightful in the psychology of how one man can insight the masses to bend to his own aims. Read archived reviews of Japanese classics at jtimes.