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The Changeling by Kenzaburō Ōe
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Jun 02, 2010

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Read in June, 2010

Oe's style is wholly different here than in A Personal Matter, which was incredible--precise and detailed, and focused on scene--and the only other Oe I've read. Here, the tone was more conversational, the sentences more abstract--more 'Japanese'?--and time was fluid. Its rhythms gained more power as I settled in and began to obsess in the work's autobiographical nature, and of course, as the plot honed in on THAT (as the protagonist refers to a haunting event from his past). The epilogue makes for a satisfying ending in that it offers few answers and adds one more layer of idea and vague creepiness.

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