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The Theme of Old Age in Shusaku Endo's Scandal
Jonathan Jonathan Nov 10, 2012 02:46AM
If you've read this book, I'm sure you've noticed how the main protagonist, Suguro, seems to feel the impending death, how he experiences a failing body and mind. What I really liked about it is the fact that he just can't 'accept', in essence, his getting older, even though he tries to rationalize and digest it. He watches the young body almost with envy, as a source of power to rejuvenate himself. Even though he constantly talks about the 'urge to return to the womb' and, indirectly at times, the salvation of death, he appalls at old age. In depth, I saw it as a story of a man who is past his prime -metaphorically and literally- and, tired of a complex life (the darkness he mentions) he's waiting for Death, observing the blows of time on his physical and mental self.

that's a good writeup

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