What are the best novels by Kenzaburo Oe ?

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    #1An Echo of Heaven

    An Echo of Heaven

    An Echo of Heaven is a fiction novel by Kenzaburo Oe. It follows the story of a woman who is a strong and independent force who has large physical appetites and who is looking for inner peace. It was published in 2000 by Kodansha.

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    Ryan Roberts
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "An echo of heaven is a great fiction from Kenzaburo Oe. It tells the story of a young woman who is strong and independent force. It goes over her search for inner peace."
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    #2A Personal Matter

    A Personal Matter
    A Personal Matter is a fiction novel by Kenzaburo Oe. It follows the story of Bird, a frustrated intellectual who is trapped in a failing marriage and whose ideal world is shattered with the birth of his brain-damaged child. It was published in 1994.
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    Nicholas Kelly
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "There is no substitute for a book like this. Dark, mature, and full of life lessons, this story drastically changed the framework of how I view the world. "
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    #3Nip The Buds, Shoot The Kids

    Nip The Buds, Shoot The Kids

    Nip The Buds, Shoot The Kids is a fiction novel by Kenzaburo Oe. It follows the story of fifteen teenage reformatory boys who are evacuated to a remote mountain village during the war and who are left to themselves. It was published in 2000.

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    Larry Rivera
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I love reading and watching Japanese entertainment and am a fan of Kenzaburo Oe. One of his best novels is Nip The Buds, Shoot The Kids. Taking place during war, fifteen teenage boys are left to fend for themselves."
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    #4Hiroshima Notes

    Hiroshima Notes

    Hiroshima Notes is a nonfiction novel by Kenzaburo Oe. It follows the story of the Hiroshima Bombing and its horrifying legacy and aftermath. It paints a portrait of devastation and grief. It was published in 1996 by Grove Press.

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    Cheryl Ramirez
    Written on May 21, 2018
    "This is a really horrendous story about a horrible event. No matter on which side you stand, I think you will be able to relate to the event and how it affect the people on a personal level."
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    #5Somersault

    Somersault

    Somersault is a fiction novel by Kenzaburo Oe. It follows the story of the Patron and Guide of mankind who were leaders of a religious movement and who were driven to the swhadows for a decade. It was published in 2003 by Grove Press.

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    Doris Zheng
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "Recently I have been trying to find the best novels by Kenzaburo Oe that are out at the moment. I decided to buy Somersault after a friend told me that was his personal favorite. I really enjoyed this book and the way that the story developed."
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    #6The Pinch Runner Memorandum

    The Pinch Runner Memorandum

    The Pinch Runner Memorandum is a fiction novel by Kenzaburo Oe. It follows the story of a nuclear family in Japan and it follows the bizarre odyssey that the father and son embark on. It was published in 1993 by M.E. Sharpe.

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    Howard Pearson
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "Very unusual story. The story is about a father, ex-nuclear researcher, who meets Oe at the school for retarded children. This eccentric man takes his son out of the school because he fails to convince the teachers and parents that the children should be trained in combat for when society inevitably decides to kill all the retarded children in Japan. Gripping."
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    #7A Quiet Life

    A Quiet Life

    A Quiet Life is a fiction novel by Kenzaburo Oe. It follows the story of Ma-chan a young woman who feels like an outsider in her own family and who must rise up to become the head of their household. It was published in 1997 by Grove Press.

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    Cynthia West
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "This novel is like a bonsai tree - spare, carefully trimmed, yet exquisite. The clarity of its language makes it a deceptively easy read, yet there are many layers of meaning in this quiet tale."
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    #8Rouse Up O Young Men Of The New Age

    Rouse Up O Young Men Of The New Age

    Rouse Up O Young Men Of The New Age is a fiction novel by Kenzaburo Oe. It follows the story of K, a famous writer who must deal with his not so perfect family and learn to live with a brain-damaged child. It was published in 2003 by Atlantic.

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    Donna Henry
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "Topic seems honorable but the writing is difficult to read and goes off on rabbit trails, too often. It may appeal to duel language people who understand the depths of Japanese culture. For the average, outside reader, this is too tangled a web, to make much sense of, in my opinion."
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    #9Teach Us to Outgrow Our Madness: The Day He Himself Shall Wipe My Tears Away, Prize Stock, Teach Us to Outgrow Our Madness, Aghwee the Sky Monster

    Teach Us to Outgrow Our Madness: The Day He Himself Shall Wipe My Tears Away, Prize Stock, Teach Us to Outgrow Our Madness, Aghwee the Sky Monster

    Teach Us to Outgrow Our Madness: Four Short Novels is a fiction novel by Kenzaburo Oe which contains a collection of some of his best works which display his original vision. It was published in 1994 by Grove Press.

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    Mark Matthews
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "Teach Us to Outgrow Our Madness is an interesting part of a series of thoughts, actions, and complex emotions. The author often confronts you with complicated and thought-provoking situations that really make you think, even if you don't want to. Honestly I've never read books quite like these before, but I absolutely love them. They are well thought out, well designed, and well done. I can't even begin to recommend it enough!"
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    #10Silent Cry

    Silent Cry

    Silent Cry is a fiction novel by Kenzaburo Oe. It follows the story of two brothers, Takashi and Mitsu who return home to their village from Tokyo, and who must confront their family history. It was published in 1998 by Kodansha.

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    Jonathan Richardson
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "Though The Silent Cry is disturbing, it communicates its message: Despite the worst humiliations and failures, we can generate the strength to begin again. Isn't this the story of Japan and the atomic bombs? The Silent Cry allegorized the shame of Imperial Japan’s defeat into a family that must face an existential horror akin to nuclear annihilation."

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Best What are the best novels by Kenzaburo Oe
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1An Echo of HeavenBooks 12 Paid
2A Personal MatterBooks 10 Paid
3Nip The Buds, Shoot The KidsBooks 9 Paid
4Hiroshima NotesBooks 8 Paid
5SomersaultBooks 7 Paid
6The Pinch Runner MemorandumBooks 5 Paid
7A Quiet LifeBooks 5 Paid
8Rouse Up O Young Men Of The New AgeBooks 3 Paid
9Teach Us to Outgrow Our Madness: The Day He Himself Shall Wipe My Tears Away, Prize Stock, Teach Us to Outgrow Our Madness, Aghwee the Sky MonsterBooks 2 Paid
10Silent CryBooks 1 Paid
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