Reviews of Stories From TEACH US TO OUTGROW OUR MADNESS by Kenzaburo Oe

Mel U from The Reading Life is working his way through short stories and novellas featured in Teach Us to Outgrow Our Madness by Kenzaburo Oe.  Here are some of this thoughts; click the links to read the full reviews.

On “Prize Stock,” Mel says:

The story is  told in a flat way.   Events unfold in an exciting and unexpected way.   The war is not spoken about a lot.   It is just a normal part of their lives to always have it in the background.   The massive bombing is a thing largely for town dwellers to worry about.     The war is a backdrop.

On “The Day He Himself Shall Wipe Away My Tears,” Mel says:

The vast majority of the work consists of an interior monologue spoken out loud.  For brief periods the person who the narrator has designated as the administrator of his will comment on the monologue  and once and a while even his mother has a comment or two to make.   He flashes back in time from the times of the Japanese Invasion of Manchuria (where someone very important to him may have been killed-maybe his brother or stepbrother), to the period right after the Emperor of Japan in August of 1945 came on the radio and advised the Japanese people he was not a god.

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