Teach Us to Outgrow Our Madness: 4 Short Novels

Teach Us to Outgrow Our Madness: 4 Short Novels

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.

Title:Teach Us to Outgrow Our Madness: 4 Short Novels
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780802151858
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    Teach Us to Outgrow Our Madness: 4 Short Novels Reviews

  • mark monday

    here are some words and phrases regarding this collection of thematically-linked novellas by left-leaning post-war Japanese author Oe Kenzaburo:- surreal, dream-like- grotesque, morbid- humanistic, hu...

  • B0nnie

    (This review is for Prize Stock (Shiiku, 飼育), one of the novellas in Teach Us to Outgrow Our Madness: Four Short Novels).Paul Theroux wrote that "the revolting Japanese author Kenzaburō Ōe says ...

  • Alan

    Incredible. Astonished. This is one of those books that puts tiny fingers in between the breaches in what one thought was a continuous idea of the possible in a book, and breaks it apart, leaving and ...

  • Matthew

    I think I'm done with this book. One of these stories strangled me in my sleep, one of them sort of angrily shouted at me until I had learned my lesson, and one of them made me feel absolutely terribl...

  • David

    Prize stock:In real life, I visited Kenzaburo's hometown and I tripped around like I tripped around Wordsworth's Lake District cottage, delighting at the old stuff and the nature. I even thought it wa...

  • Cody

    Sonofabitch! The shorter novella form works well for Oe here. Each story escalates a larger theme that runs through the book, though they were written years apart. This might be his masterpiece. Reall...

  • Guillermo Galvan

    I initially put this book aside because I knew it was going to be heavy. The preparation did little to prepare me for the brutality contained in this book.The opening novel, The Day He Himself Shall W...

  • Smiley

    It was simply my relief I could finish reading these four short novels by Kenzaburo Oe; they have been ranked based on my personal view regarding readability in the following order:1. Prize Stock [I f...

  • Kathy

    I have not read any Japanese author before and I liked the idea that I would have several novels in one book to sample the writing of this Nobel Prize winner.He is a creative, gifted storyteller. Ther...

  • Felix

    There are four 'short novels' (I prefer to see them simply as short stories) in this collection:THE DAY HE HIMSELF SHALL WIPE MY TEARS AWAY - This is probably the darkest of the four, and also the lon...