Teach Us to Outgrow Our Madness

Teach Us to Outgrow Our Madness

Four Short Novels

Book - 1977
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These four novels display Oe's passionate and original vision. Oe was ten when American jeeps first drove into the mountain village where he lived, and his literary work reveals the tension and ambiguity forged by the collapse of values of his childhood on the one hand and the confrontation with American writers on the other. The earliest of his novels included here, Prize Stock, reveals the strange relationship between a Japanese boy and a captured black American pilot in a Japanesevillage. Teach Us to Outgrow Our Madness tells of the close relationship between an outlandishly fat father and his mentally defective son, Eeyore. Aghwee the Sky Monster is about a young man's first job -- chaperoning a banker's son who is haunted by the ghost of a baby in a white nightgown. The Day He Himself Shall Wipe My Tears Away is the longest piece in this collection and Oe's most disturbing work to date. The narrator lies in a hospital bed waiting to die of a livercancer that he has probably imagined, wearing a pair of underwater goggles covered with dark cellophane.
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, c1977.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780802151858
080215185X
9780394170022
0394170024
9780394413389
0394413385
9780802140425
0802140424
9780802101334
080210133X
Branch Call Number: OE K
Characteristics: xxv, 261 pages ; 22 cm.

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