samskivert: Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids (3)

08 September 2004

Oe tells a stark tale of life in wartime Japan through the eyes of a reform school boy and his mates. Not having lived in Japan in the fifties, I suspect there was a great deal of symbolism and social commentary that largely slipped over my head, but the mood and themes still made for an enjoyable reading experience.

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