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Silent Cry (Five Star) Paperback – May, 1998
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The decision to discard a more literal translation masks what Oe is trying to do here, as he continues to pile on parallels between 1860 and the early 1960s, when this novel is set. Favoring historical symbolism and mythological surrealism, the novel defies a summary that would make much sense to the reader. A skeletal outline would describe the rivalry between Mitsusaburo, who has left his handicapped child in an institution and returned to his childhood home with his alcoholic wife, and his younger brother Takashi, recently returned from America, who "seems to want his actions influenced by the 1860 affair."
Takashi idealizes the embroidered family legends of heroism and leadership, and he arrays the village youth into a cult-like group to challenge the hegemony of a local business magnate known, not coincidentally, as "the Emperor." The story is filled with grotesqueries and violence, from the opening description of a friend's suicide (which is presented in a disconcertingly risible manner) to the rape and death of a local girl (an event that Mitsusaburo believes is invented) to Mitsusaburo's apparent nonchalance when he realizes that Takashi is sleeping with his wife.
The result is a tale of Freudian weirdness in a claustrophobic mountain village that might remind readers of Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha County.Read more ›
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Complex, convoluted story of multiple generous mirroring each other. To me different from most recent Japanese writing, steeped in history. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Thuringer
I finished The Silent Cry right before the window of July shut for eternity. My reading of the book is locked away from me by an invisible wall that materialized overnight. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Ismael Galvan
I've only read three other Oe novels and this one is my favorite. It's also one of my favorite books in general and I'm an avid reader. Read morePublished on October 22, 2010 by Jon
Wow, this book is extrememly disturbing and I don't advise anyone read it, ever. I wanted to kill myself. Read morePublished on January 11, 2009 by Lauar Dietert
this is the first novel i read by kenzaburo oe. and its simply superb. the post war its brilliantly portraid in this book. Read morePublished on January 1, 2005 by Diego
Oe in " The silent cry" deals with the perplexing problem of finding ones root. The novel is a story of about two brothers who return to their village, each for their own... Read morePublished on January 30, 2003 by Democritus
Despite all the glowing comments in previous amazon.com reviews I must confess that I really don't see how The Silent Cry can be judged as anything other than a strange (read:... Read morePublished on September 30, 2002 by lazza
I enjoyed this novel very much. It was writen in a style that I was not accoustemed to, but he accomplished what he set out to do. Read morePublished on April 21, 2000 by kevin bringman
A challenging novel, mixing Rabelaisian images with the intense claustrophobia of family history, shame and the quest for self knowledge and truth. Read morePublished on May 6, 1999