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Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids

By Kenzaburo Oe

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| Paperback | 9780802134639

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In the waning days of WWII, a group of Japanese reform-school boys are evacuated to a remote village in a densely wooded valley. The villagers treat the teenagers horribly, making them bury a mountain of animal corpses, locking them into a shed for t Continue

In the waning days of WWII, a group of Japanese reform-school boys are evacuated to a remote village in a densely wooded valley. The villagers treat the teenagers horribly, making them bury a mountain of animal corpses, locking them into a shed for the night and feeding them raw potatoes. The unnamed narrator, one of the group's leaders, discovers that a plague is ravaging the valley. When a couple of people are infected by the disease, the villagers panic. Believing the boys to be infected, the villagers remove themselves to the other side of the valley and block the only road out of town. At first, the boys can think only of escape, but then, like the boys in Lord of the Flies, they start to make the village their own: they bury the dead humans and perform a sort of sacrament; they care for an abandoned, infirm girl; they hold a hunting festival to ensure continued abundance.

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    fraudio, summer-2013, japan, nobel-laureate, shortstory-shortstories-novellas, translation, published-1958, plague-disease, slit-yer-wrists-gloomy, wwii, ouch, lifestyles-deathstyles, debut, next
    Read from August 14 to 18, 2013

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    fraudio, summer-2013, japan, nobel-laureate, shortstory-shortstories-novellas, translation, published-1958, plague-disease, slit-yer-wrists-gloomy, wwii, ouch, lifestyles-deathstyles, debut, next
    Read from August 14 to 18, 2013

    gbox

    Narrated by Eduardo Ballerini

    One wouldn't want to grapple with this if on a downer, you know, the back yard filled with black dogs and storms torrenting within the four walls of one's chest; this is human misery on a stick.

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Book Details

  • Rating:
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    • 2 stars
  • English Books
  • Paperback 192 Pages
  • ISBN-10: 0802134637
  • ISBN-13: 9780802134639
  • Publisher: Grove Press
  • Publish date: 1996-06-13
  • Dimensions: 129 mm x 903 mm x 1,354 mm
  • Also available as: Hardcover , Library Binding
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