A Personal Matter by Kenzaburo Oe
The Reading Group will meet Wed., June 1st at 7pm in the Goldfish Teahouse (117 W. 4th St., in downtown Royal Oak). Copies of the reading group selection are discounted 15% at the Book Beat. (this is actually our May meeting moved up to June 1st) All are welcome!
Book Beat’s May reading group book is A Personal Matter by Kenzaburo Oe. Oe was the winner of the 1994 Nobel Prize for Literature. A Personal Matter is a novel based on the author’s experience coming to terms with his son’s mental disability.
“[A Personal Matter] owes obvious debts to Kierkegaard: the search for—and confrontation with—the self. Its urban surroundings, the classless misfits that populate it, and its vivid sexual descriptions make it seem socially and thematically similar to its Occidental counterparts.”—James Toback, The New York Times Book Review