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3.81  ·  Rating details ·  3,145 ratings  ·  285 reviews
Romanul Stârpiți răul de la rădăcină, împușcați copiii povestește experiența din timpul celui de-al Doilea Război Mondial a unui grup de băieți orfani, evacuați din școala de corecție și rătăcind în căutarea unui adăpost. După trei săptămâni, ei reușesc să ajungă într-un sat de munte și sunt dați în grija sătenilor, care-i tratează cu neîncredere și-i păzesc cu arma în mân ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published June 2014 by Polirom (first published 1958)
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K.D. Absolutely
Oct 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2006-2010)
Shelves: 1001-core, nobel, dystopian, ya
Lord of the Flies by William Golding came out in 1954. It was his first novel and he was 43 when it was first published. Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids by Kenzaburo Oe first came out in 1958. It was also his first novel and it came out when he was only 23 years old. Oe says that his major influences were Mark Twain, Selma Lagerlof and the French writer, Francois Rabelais. He did not mention that he had read and was inspired by Golding’s work.

Both of these gentlemen were Nobel Prize for Literature
Paquita Maria Sanchez
You know how there are food deserts? Well, there are literary deserts, too, and Oklahoma has always seemed to wear the title like a badge of honor. It has been bad for as long as I can remember, but between amazon and e-books wreaking havoc in my absence, I returned home to Planet of the Apes, wherein the apes are James Patterson novels and I'm the guy on the ground screaming about bastards. On Thursday, I attempted to find a book. Just one. Something, anything I had the slightest bit of interes ...more
Aug 04, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: if I were king
Recommended to Mariel by: lion in a coma
The lost boys disease. Rabbits caught in the headlights and there will be no more tricks disease. Dogs humping legs fall right off disease. Roaches who might be indestructible for better or for worse disease. But who are the roaches (for better, or for worse)? The Japanese reform school boys or the contributing to my already bad image of hateful villagers types? Indestructible, anyway. (We could see who scurried away when the lights come back on.)

The book blurb lies. The boys don't try to build
Oct 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm giving 5 stars to the novel that I think this is. I've never read that novel. What I have read is the most bungled pile of cockney jabberwocky ever suffered to print--probably the single worst translation, of anything, that I have read, ever. It is so unbelievably bad. It reads like they crankshafted the Japanese through Google translator and shoveled the gibberish onto an ESL intern for remedial tidying. It is a complete embarrassment and Grove should be ashamed.

I used to think that it was
Nov 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: not for the faint of heart
It’s a little crazy - the title of this book, don't you think? A little nuts. Asking me to shoot the kids! The kids!!! You run around with an axe, bury it left and right in brain matter, why don't you. And while you're at it, ruin my flowers. Nutz!!! Say, what? The kids are like the buds? It's wrong? Nonsense. You're overusing that pretty head of yours. Remember Golding? The guy had a point!!! Nothing like the buds!! Shoot them. Shoot them all!!!

OK. Time out. Lets put the juvenile and the split
Andy Weston
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Though the translation contains errors, as many reviewers point out, Oe’s story is a powerful one and one that will not easily be forgotten. Towards the end of the Second World War it is necessary to evacuate a small Reformatory School from the city to the mountains, a small group of 15 adolescent boys and there Warden. Shortly after arriving at their destination in a small rural village one of the boys becomes ill, and the villagers and Warden assume it is a plague, and abandon the boys.

It is
Oct 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oe wrote Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids when he was only 23, and, while that is impressive on its own, the book’s amateur nature unfortunately shows.

The basic story is that, concurrent with World War II, a group of what are essentially Japanese juvenile delinquents is evacuated to a rural village, and the villagers are none too pleased to have them. The comparison that I have seen most frequently made is to Lord of the Flies, but I think the similarities are largely only surface level, stemming f
Kamila Kunda
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: asia, fiction, japan
“Nip the Buds, Kill the Kids” was the first novel Kenzaburō Ōe ever wrote, in 1958, at the age of only twenty three. As a young man Ōe was fascinated by French literature, studied it at the university, and this story is clearly influenced by French existentialism, particularly by the writings by Albert Camus, as well as by Spanish picaresque literature.

The story, set at the end of World War II, is about a group of young boys from a reformatory, sent to a remote village in a mountainous area and

Kenzaburo Oe won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1994. This is his first novel, published when he was 23. It is based on his experiences as a child growing up on a remote Japanese island during World War II. When I read the book last November, I was going through a period of reading about WWII from the Japanese point of view, for which I was glad. It opened my eyes and mind, helping me to shake off some of my high school history teachings.

The kids in this story are from a reform school and hav
Kenzaburo Oe is a writer who always leads me to cinematic analogies-- David Lynch and Takashi Miike, primarily-- so I'm gonna make another.

What if you took the ragtag boys of The 400 Blows, and transferred them to the ruins of 1940s Japan? What if you added enough desperate gay sex in hovels to make Jean Genet blush, occupying soldiers, prison slave labor, fascist remnants, girls with their mothers' corpses, down-and-out Koreans trapped in Japan, and descriptions of flaccid penises?

You'd have Ni
David  Ioan
An honest 4.5 star rating.
Paul Fulcher
May 15, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
"That Man should Labour & sorrow, & learn & forget, & return
To the dark valley whence he came, to begin his labour anew."

William Blake, Vala, or the Four Zoas, Night the Eighth (quoted in the translators' introduction)

Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids was Kenzaburo Oe's debut novel in 1958. It differs significantly from his later, more complex and self-referential work, but is a striking story in it's own right.

The novel has an allegorical feel, with no specifics of time or place, eve
Matt Herman
A book that truly shows that whole is worth more than the sum of its parts. Until the ending really wraps the story together, this story just didn't have the draw to it that I expected something with so much critical renown to carry. However, at the conclusion of the last couple of pages, I think that the virtues of this story showed through a lot more clearly. Overall, this story was quite good but just not quite my cup of tea. It really does feel like a well written book.... buuuut...

The trans
May 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: japan, nobel-prize, war
Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids was Kenzaburo Oe's debut novel. First published when he was only 23, it draws on his experiences as a child during World War II. Some aspects of the plot - a group of boys abandoned during a war & left to look after themselves - invite comparisons to Lord of the Flies, but the similarities are merely superficial. I found Buds to be far more complex, nuanced and adult - an interesting, compelling, and sometimes difficult read. I read the English translation, which ...more
Jaclyn Michelle
May 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

"Nonetheless, for aliens like captured wild beasts to be safe before others watching them, it is best to lead the will-less, eyeless existence of a stone, flower or tree: a purely observed existence. My brother, since, he persisted in being the eye that watched the villagers, was struck on his cheeks by thick yellowish gobs of spittle rolled on women's tongues, and stones thrown by the children. But, smiling, he would wipe his cheeks with his large bird-em
Sep 29, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Personal response:
This book is nothing compared to what it's like now than it was back then. I would give this book personally a three because of how it starts. The main kid out of the 15 is the best because of his intelligence and skills to build and problem solve.
Plot Summary:
This book Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids starts out with one boy who is seeing harm in his village. Such as how the village is going down in animal population because they have been overtaken by soldiers. The boy gets mov
Michael Mahin
Long before winning the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1994, Oe was studying French Literature at Tokyo University, where he did his graduate thesis on Jean-Paul Sartre. It's no surprise then that many of Oe's works deal with various forms of existential crisis. Nip the Buds, which is an exploration of innocence confronting the tragic realities of experience, fits this profile.

Nip the Buds if often described as a Japanese Lord of the Flies. In it, 15 unloved and unwanted reformatory boys are "qua
Stephen Durrant
Oe’s first novel (1958), written when he was only twenty-three, is sometimes compared to Golding’s Lord of the Flies. The resemblance is that both books deal with boys who are isolated and forced upon their own resources. Here the resemblance ends. The boys in Nip the Buds are delinquents who constitute a sort of roving work force in the Japanese countryside during an unnamed war. They wake up one morning to find that the inhabitants of the village in which they are lodged have left in fear of t ...more
Dec 18, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids" is the first novel written by Kenzaburo Oe at the young age of 23 (but then again you probably already knew this).

The novel is a harsh insight into the world of World War 2 Japan, and provides a deeply introspective satire and criticism of this Japan.

The stories protagonist an unnamed early adolescent boy is the engine of the story, propelling it forward through beautiful descriptions and anecdotes on japan at the time. A reformatory boy, being evacuated to the mou
Ed Lehman
Having recently read William Golding's Lord of the Flies, it was easy to see the similarities with this tale: a group of boys forced to form their own society in order to survive. But whereas in the Lord of the Flies, the boys are marooned by an accident, these boys are deliberately abandoned by adults. The story takes place during war-time Japan and a group of reformatory boys are being evacuated to a mountain village.... only the village is being hit by a plaque killing animals and people alik ...more
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I don't like books that focus too much on the sexual activities of their characters and I felt this book did. I don't care about how many soldiers Minami wants to sleep with and the countless repetition bored me to death.

Also, the narrator's own experiences with the 'little girl'. She is always referred to as 'the little girl'. Jst how old was she? Was she even of age, was there even consent? I'm horrified. I didn't like this book.

Okay my review is focusing on details that aren't even what the
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. The storyline and concept was very chaotic, and the author purposely underdeveloped many of the characters to contrast them with the more complex main characters. This novel was a little too graphic for me, although I suppose that was realistic
Feb 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: big-red-circle
Has Kenzaburo Oe ever visited Japan? Ban this filth! It's nuts. I love it! Was Kenzaburo Oe ever a boy? A mountain with a personality disorder might have written this.
AJ LeBlanc
Jan 02, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Four stars is "really liked it". I didn't really like this book, but it is a four star book, so here we go.

Have you ever read a book or watched a movie that you knew wasn’t going to end well, but for some reason you stuck with it? You had a sinking feeling in your stomach that slowly hardened into a rock and just sat there, pressing down, letting you know that things were not going to be OK at the end. Bad things were coming. You know it, but you’re going to stand here and watch.

That’s this enti
Dave Morris
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Memushiri kouchi is often compared to Lord of the Flies, and Oe must have been aware of Golding's work, published four years earlier. But the comparison is superficial. Golding's style is lush, elegant, "British storyteller" in tone, and he's interested in the children as a group of individuals and political animals. Oe's story is less leisurely, and told primarily as the narrator's inner journey. I'm going to call it dreamlike, but not in a drifty, serene sense; I mean dreamlike in the way a Ma ...more
Apr 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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From the back of the book: Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids recounts the exploits of fifteen teenage reformatory boys evacuated to a remote mountain village in wartime, where they are feared and detested by the local peasants.

So, comparisons have been running wild to Lord of the Flies, which seem apt in lots of ways: the focus on children, and henceforth, the focus on society. But this is a book that’s really drenched in the madness of war; although the group of children, as voiced by their leader,
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I enjoyed reading this story, despite the brutality and revolting descriptions, but it was another one of those books on the 1001 list which made me wonder why it was included. I suspect that if it had been written by somebody from the USA or UK, it wouldn't have made the cut, and likewise the fact that it has been translated into English and is very short makes it more attractive as a Japanese text to be studied, partic
Jordan  Batchelor
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Listen, someone like you should be throttled while they’re still a kid. We squash vermin while it’s small. We’re peasants: we nip the bad buds early.”

Written here in the climatical moment, Kenzaburo Oe’s 1958 Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids removes its dressing and lays bare what we sense throughout this 190-page book. There is no equivocation, no explanation, and no sympathy. A group of reformatory boys, all pubescent or pre-pubescent, are herded to a remote village in northern Japan during warti
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Ōe was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1994 for creating "an imagined world, where life and myth condens
“I thought about death and was gripped by feelings which choked my chest and made my throat dry, a sudden pushing and shoving in my guts. It was a sort of chronic ailment I had. Once that feeling and that agitation of my whole body had begun, I wouldn't be able to shake it off until I got to asleep. And I couldn't recall it with the same impact in the daytime.” 6 likes
“Time doesn't move at all, I thought in irritation. Like a domestics animal, time doesn't move without human beings' strict supervision. Like a horse or a sheep, time won't move a step without grown ups' orders. We are a steady state in the stagnation of time.” 1 likes
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