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An Echo of Heaven

3.48  ·  Rating Details ·  118 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
Japan's Nobel Laureate presents a fresh and penetrating portrait of a woman of independent character and strong physical appetites, on a journey in search of spiritual peace that takes her to a commune in California and among the workers on a cooperative farm in a remote village in Mexico.
Paperback, 208 pages
Published April 1st 2000 by Kodansha International (first published 1989)
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Japanese Fiction
174th out of 254 books — 198 voters
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13th out of 13 books — 6 voters

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Jun 19, 2013 David rated it really liked it
Shelves: big-red-circle
"With a deep sadness and a massive hard-on,"

"Marie nodded as she listened, directing a dark look of great intensity at me that said, if all this grief I've been carrying around with me ... was just a scheme the 'cosmic will' cooked up to get me to invite some Filipinos to Japan, I'll go out of my mind."

Fictional Kenzaburo Oe's fictional son's fictional best-friend's fictional mother is the star of this one. The cosmic will throws her one hell of a curveball, and she's off to California and then
Mircalla64 (free Liu Xiaobo)
perchè mai al povero Ōe Kenzaburō toccano delle copertine italiane che sembrano rubate a un Harmony?

questo non è uno dei libri di Ōe che consiglierei da leggere...anzi, tra i suoi che ho letto posso dire che questo è il libro che mi ha convinto di meno...non è tanto per via della storia leggermente inconsistente e che non ho trovato quasi in nessun momento avvincente, quanto per la narrazione diluita e i dettagli descrittivi insistiti piuttosto rozzi...insomma a chi importa dell'ossessione sessu
Sep 15, 2015 elliot rated it really liked it
Shelves: japanophilia, modern
Wow, author of A Personal Matter writes a book about a Flannery O'connor expert who, after the double suicide of her children, becomes venerated as a saint in mexico? count me in.

This novel joins works like Rouse Up and the aforementioned A Personal Matter in Oe's pseudo-autobiographical kaleidoscope. When working in this vein, oe subverts the japanese "I-novel" trope of excessive, Zola-influenced realism that permeated the country at the beginning of the 20th century by writing from the point-o
Jan 22, 2009 Rika rated it really liked it
Shelves: bahasa-inggris, novel
(cuma mindah dari multiply:-P)
Awalnya aku ngedit buku ini dengan ogah-ogahan...tapi ternyata di luar dugaanku: i like it a lot! ndak cukup suka sehingga direkomendasikan dengan kata-kata: it will change your life sih *Hohoho* tapi..cukup..mmm bukan cukup menghibur, karena ceritanya agak depressing, cukup mengesankan dan enlightening. BTW, ini bukan promosi buku bentang lho..
Di novel ini oe seolah menceritakan kisah yang dia sendiri terlibat di dalamnya, walo bukan tokoh utama. Sudut pandangnya k
Aug 30, 2014 Vitta rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suicide, hard
Хочу привести продолжение данной аннотации к данному произведению, взятое у Лениздата, т.к. по этой о чем речь в книге ясно не до конца.
"Темы, затронутые в романе «Эхо небес», по-настоящему глубоки и даже болезненны. За внешней лаконичностью стиля и сдержанной авторской интонацией стоит полный изумления и горечи рассказ о жизни молодой красивой женщины Мариэ Кураки. Ее судьба выткана столь причудливо, что читатель вслед за автором застывает в священном ужасе пред волею небес, в которой слышатся
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Jul 02, 2016 AnnLoretta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are so many books I’ve read over the years that are on this list, and I will never get around to recording what I remember of my reaction to most of them.

Anyone who looks at my “Read” list here will see that I am an inveterate five-starrer. There are a few reasons for this. One is that I am extremely judicious in what I choose to read, and as I have aged, I have become more so. There is simply a limited amount of time I have to devote to reading. Maybe three to five hours a day. Which may
May 13, 2014 Stanislavkin rated it it was amazing
Absolutely breathtaking, story of loss and gain, personal strength and salvation. Must-read for everyone, whose faith may tremble at a time.
Angela Grigoras
Sep 04, 2016 Angela Grigoras rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Di disabilità, di destino, di coraggio, di abnegazione, di ricerca, di malattia, di pellegrinaggio, di Giappone, di Messico e Frida Khalo - è questo l'eco che ho sentito io
Dec 04, 2012 Annett rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Eigentlich haben mir die Bücher von Kanzaburo Oe bislang recht gut gefallen. Dieses Mal muss ich aber passen. Was da an verquasten Wiederholungen im zweiten Teil der Erzählung auf die Leserin zukommt, ist schlicht schwer zu ertragen bzw. braucht viel Stehvermögen. Die Geschichte von Marie, deren zwei behinderte Söhne Selbstmord begehen, fesselt zunächst, wird dann aber immer abstruser (u.a. als sie sich dem "Väterchen Tutor" anschliesst...) und immer redundanter. Vielleicht liegt es an der Übers ...more
J.F. Ramirez
Mar 02, 2010 J.F. Ramirez rated it really liked it
Shelves: postmodern-love
So I just wrote a very long and purple-y prose(d) review about how much I like this book and yatta yatta gabba gabba whateva. The library internet connection kicked me off just as I hit enter. Dammit.

So, to make this short. It's good, the structure is funny, but Oe is a supremely confident writer, and that's certainly evident in his prose which can sometimes, many times, read like poetry thrown scattered about the page.
John Willey
Dec 18, 2015 John Willey rated it really liked it
I am a little ashamed to admit that I did not want to read this book because I thought the title was so cheesy, but I am glad I got past that and read it. The theme is a little cheesy (I feel cynical calling a story about finding inner peace, cheesy), but the way it is presented is not at all cheesy. Oe is becoming my favorite living author.
Ismael Galvan
Sep 09, 2012 Ismael Galvan rated it it was amazing
This is a heavy book about human suffering in the modern world. Everything about this book holds solid. If you read this book, be prepared to mentally and emotionally exhausted. But I think it's one of those thing you just got to do. This was my first Oe book and I will be reading the rest of his collection.
Desiree Jung
Mar 01, 2012 Desiree Jung rated it really liked it
I thoght was an intriguing plot, with lots of suffering, but interesting character development. It was my first book by OE, and I realize he is quite concerned with his own personal subjects.
Tom Hancock
Mar 19, 2012 Tom Hancock rated it liked it
My first experience reading Oe. I enjoyed his narration and exploration of searching for meaning in the face of incredible loss. I certainly plan to read more of Mr. Oe's work.
Apr 24, 2011 ABC rated it it was ok
Shelves: teens-and-adults
This book is about a Japanese woman who is distraught over the deaths of her two sons. She then travels to California and Mexico. I could not get into this book.
Dec 03, 2012 Eaglechen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books, not-mine
Okay, abgebrochen auf Grund von akuter Langeweile.
Jul 29, 2007 jo rated it it was amazing
this is about flannery o'connor. really incredible.
Kathie Edeli
Aug 07, 2012 Kathie Edeli rated it liked it
Interesting--such a mix of cultures.
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Kenzaburō Ōe (大江 健三郎), is a major figure in contemporary Japanese literature. His works, strongly influenced by French and American literature and literary theory, engage with political, social and philosophical issues including nuclear weapons, social non-conformism and existentialism.

Ōe was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1994 for creating "an imagined world, where life and myth condens
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