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Arrachez les bourgeons, tirez sur les enfants (original 1958; edition 2012)

by Kenzaburô Ôé, René de Ceccatty (Traduction), Ryôji Nakamura (Traduction)

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Title:Arrachez les bourgeons, tirez sur les enfants
Authors:Kenzaburô Ôé
Other authors:René de Ceccatty (Traduction), Ryôji Nakamura (Traduction)
Info:Gallimard (2012), Broché, 238 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
Tags:(@BM), Japon, WWII, enfants, adolescents, adultes, épidémie, abandon, cruauté, brutalité, (2013)

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Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids by Kenzaburō Ōe (1958)

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An examination of the difficulty of resisting organized and institutional evil. ( )
  DinoReader | Aug 21, 2014 |
About halfway through and I started to get very anxious about what might be coming next and I gave in. I might give it a last chance before returning it to the library but it's already been creepy enough.
  amyem58 | Jul 15, 2014 |
fraudio, summer-2013, japan, nobel-laureate, shortstory-shortstories-novellas, translation, published-1958, plague-disease, slit-yer-wrists-gloomy, wwii, ouch, lifestyles-deathstyles, debut, next
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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.

1 vote mimal | Aug 26, 2013 |
A beautifully written book about a horrible situation. A group of young male delinquents are relocated into he interior of Japan during WWII. The village to which they are sent has a plague scare and the boys are abandoned by the villagers, barricaded in to suffer whatever fate has in store for them. As their isolation lasts only a short time & the assumption is that the villagers will return, the boys in this novel do not attempt to create a functioning society or suffer its eventual breakdown as depicted in Lord of the Flies; these boys endure. They redefine their role, considering themselves as occupiers of the deserted village rather than accept the role of abandoned, unwanted vermin. Instead of demonstrating the inhumanity of and between individuals, the book demonstrates how the society fails the boys. ( )
1 vote ELiz_M | Apr 6, 2013 |
A translation of the Japanese work by the 1994 Nobel Prize winner. Written in 1958. The tale of a group of reformatory school boys, evacuated to a remote area in the mountains to escape the war, but they never escape their lack of freedom and can never escape the oppression and cruelty of society. ( )
  BCbookjunky | Mar 31, 2013 |
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Kenzaburō Ōeprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mackintosh, Paul St. JohnTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sugiyama, MakiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids recounts the exploits of 15 teenage reformatory boys evacuated in wartime to a remote mountain village where they are feared and detested by the local peasants. When plague breaks out, the villagers flee, blocking the boys inside the deserted town. Their brief attempt to build autonomous lives of self-respect, love, and tribal valor is doomed in the face of death and the adult nightmare of war.

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In Japan during World War II a group of boys who are evacuated to the country take over a village when the inhabitants flee a plague. The novel describes the way the boys administer the village--breaking into homes for food, burying the dead, caring for the sick--and what happens when the villagers return. By the author of The Silent Cry.… (more)

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