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Review:

"Oe reads and writes...with a grace that comes not through religion but through imagination and understanding." Heller McAlpin, San Francisco Chronicle

Review:

"Oe's Dostoyevskian themes should fill his story with thunder, but the pace is slow, and Patron doesn't have the depth of a Myshkin or a Karamazov — he seems anything but charismatic....Oe has attempted to create a sprawling masterpiece, but American readers might decide there's more sprawl than masterpiece here." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"A power story about fanaticism and faith....[Somersault] shows a Nobel master at work in a huge new novel that takes on great themes and does so in a persuasive...fashion....Giants still do stride around. And Kenzaburo Oe is one of them." Alan Cheuse, The Chicago Tribune

Review:

"Although Oe's usual literary and sexual interests rewardingly figure into the massive novel, many may feel that it consists more of contrived melodrama than Oe's customary profound psychodrama." Ray Olson, Booklist

Review:

"Everything, it seems, is here: religion, art, sex (straight and gay), terrorism, the fate of the Earth, even close analysis of Welsh poetry." Stephen Mitchelmore, The Washington Post

Review:

"An intriguing but enormously overinflated 1999 novel....Patron's interminable 'sermons' articulating his cults' history and aims...[drain] the life out of the narrative. Other characters, too, talk much more than they act....Oe is a deeply flawed great writer, and Somersault, alas, is not one of his triumphs." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Ambitious....Perhaps the best-known living Japanese writer, Oe offers an invaluable vision of post-War Japan. Gone are sake, sushi, the Shinto shrine, haiku and Mt. Fuji. Instead we find beer-and-whisky, ham-and-eggs, future shock, repetition and the superstore....A timely [read]." Kenneth Champeon, BookPage

Review:

"This hefty work...reads like a social/spiritual/religious commentary....Oe delves deeply into the psyche of his characters....This highly literate piece is not likely to hold the interest of the casual reader browsing the new book section." Library Journal

Review:

"Intricate and intriguing....A work of creative philosophy in the Kierkegaardian tradition....A provocative exploration of spiritual emptiness and religious yearning by one of the world?s most important authors." Kay Chubbuck, The New York Sun

Review:

"Oe's prose has always had an intentional roughness, but here the characters speak like robots and move as if they had screws for joints....Oe explores the struggle of contemporary Japanese to situate themselves between a traditional culture and the bullet-train pace of the boom years, but this dynamic is lost amid exhaustive explanations of the new church's dogma." The New Yorker

Synopsis:

In the first new novel Oe has published since winning the Nobel Prize, he makes an immense departure from the autobiographical fiction he is most known for, in a magnificent story of the charisma of leaders, the danger of zealotry, and the mystery of faith.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780802117380
Translator:
Gabriel, Philip
Publisher:
Grove Press
Location:
New York
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Religious - General
Subject:
Cults
Subject:
Japanese fiction
Subject:
FICTION / Literary
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
MCH089
Publication Date:
March 2003
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
720
Dimensions:
9.24x6.32x1.42 in. 1.93 lbs.

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Product details 720 pages Grove Press - English 9780802117380 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Oe reads and writes...with a grace that comes not through religion but through imagination and understanding."
"Review" by , "Oe's Dostoyevskian themes should fill his story with thunder, but the pace is slow, and Patron doesn't have the depth of a Myshkin or a Karamazov — he seems anything but charismatic....Oe has attempted to create a sprawling masterpiece, but American readers might decide there's more sprawl than masterpiece here."
"Review" by , "A power story about fanaticism and faith....[Somersault] shows a Nobel master at work in a huge new novel that takes on great themes and does so in a persuasive...fashion....Giants still do stride around. And Kenzaburo Oe is one of them."
"Review" by , "Although Oe's usual literary and sexual interests rewardingly figure into the massive novel, many may feel that it consists more of contrived melodrama than Oe's customary profound psychodrama."
"Review" by , "Everything, it seems, is here: religion, art, sex (straight and gay), terrorism, the fate of the Earth, even close analysis of Welsh poetry."
"Review" by , "An intriguing but enormously overinflated 1999 novel....Patron's interminable 'sermons' articulating his cults' history and aims...[drain] the life out of the narrative. Other characters, too, talk much more than they act....Oe is a deeply flawed great writer, and Somersault, alas, is not one of his triumphs."
"Review" by , "Ambitious....Perhaps the best-known living Japanese writer, Oe offers an invaluable vision of post-War Japan. Gone are sake, sushi, the Shinto shrine, haiku and Mt. Fuji. Instead we find beer-and-whisky, ham-and-eggs, future shock, repetition and the superstore....A timely [read]."
"Review" by , "This hefty work...reads like a social/spiritual/religious commentary....Oe delves deeply into the psyche of his characters....This highly literate piece is not likely to hold the interest of the casual reader browsing the new book section."
"Review" by , "Intricate and intriguing....A work of creative philosophy in the Kierkegaardian tradition....A provocative exploration of spiritual emptiness and religious yearning by one of the world?s most important authors."
"Review" by , "Oe's prose has always had an intentional roughness, but here the characters speak like robots and move as if they had screws for joints....Oe explores the struggle of contemporary Japanese to situate themselves between a traditional culture and the bullet-train pace of the boom years, but this dynamic is lost amid exhaustive explanations of the new church's dogma."
"Synopsis" by , In the first new novel Oe has published since winning the Nobel Prize, he makes an immense departure from the autobiographical fiction he is most known for, in a magnificent story of the charisma of leaders, the danger of zealotry, and the mystery of faith.
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