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‘Tis the Season to be Literary

Written on November 27, 2007 by Felicia Appenteng in Literature

Felicia Appenteng

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As we approach the holiday season and the end of the year, newspapers, magazines and blogs are publishing their lists of the best books of 2007.  Paper Cuts, a blog by The New York Times, has just featured an article about the top books of 2007.  I invite all readers to post their selections of their favorite books of the year.

Here are some other blogs which feature book reviews.

Literary Minded

ReadySteadyBook

Resolute Reader

Bookslut

Comments

Lisa Sandoval December 5, 2007 - 7:24 am

In the spirit of the literary season, I highly recommend Kenzaburo Oe’s “A Personal Matter.” Oe, the winner of the 1994 Nobel Prize in Literature, embarks on a deeply rich psychological exploration of confronting human imperfection in its cruelest forms.
The content of this book brings insight into what it means to retreat inward and articulate one’s rawest forms of self-abandon and self-destruction. Our protagonist’s son, recently born, has a seemingly fatal birth defect. The father gradually develops a plan to murder his own son, and the reader is witness to his dark, unapologetic thought process. While the overall tone of the book verges on the morbid, the ending redeems faith in human life, inclusive of all its imperfections.
Stylistically, the novel is a treat for anyone that appreciates vivid, and perhaps unprecedented descriptions. Oe relies heavily on admirably clever metaphors and similes to convey quotidian realities of life.
“A Personal Matter,” manages to invoke shame, fear, and ultimately redemption in honest, yet surreal prose. The stylistic paradoxes of the novel are breathtaking. Enjoy this psychological ride taken on a path of grotesquely beautiful words.

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