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New Meetup: October Book Club

From: Terri
Sent on: Friday, April 30, 2010 4:55 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for The Saint Petersburg Book Club Meetup Group!

What: October Book Club

When: Tuesday, October 19,[masked]:30 PM

Where: (A location has not been chosen yet.)

This month is A Personal Matter by Kenzaburo O?.

O?'s most important novel, A Personal Matter, has been called by The New York Times ?close to a perfect novel.? In A Personal Matter, Oe has chosen a difficult, complex though universal subject: how does one face and react to the birth of an abnormal child? Bird, the protagonist, is a young man of 27 with antisocial tendencies who more than once in his life, when confronted with a critical problem, has ?cast himself adrift on a sea of whisky like a besotted Robinson Crusoe.? But he has never faced a crisis as personal or grave as the prospect of life imprisonment in the cage of his newborn infant-monster. Should he keep it? Dare he kill it? Before he makes his final decision, Bird?s entire past seems to rise up before him, revealing itself to be a nightmare of self-deceit. The relentless honesty with which O? portrays his hero ? or antihero ? makes Bird one of the most unforgettable characters in recent fiction.

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