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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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Mature-Content Rating: Sexual Themes, Language, War Violence, Underage Nudity

“I walked howling like a beast, shedding my tears on the snow. The dirty water coming in through my cracked soles soaked my chilblained toes and made them itch terribly, but I fiercely pushed my shoes into the ankle-deep snow and made no attempt to reach down and scratch them. If I had bent down I couldn’t possibly have straightened up and started walking again.”

Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids takes place during the Showa period in Japan. It's a time when Japan had moved into totalitarianism, ultranationalism and fascism; coupled with the threats of the Great Depression and WWII.

The book looks at fear during a war, and what a close-knit group would do to outsiders, even children, in order to survive. It's about social order and youthfulness when everything is chaotic and constantly shifting.

To start off, the group of boys had completely lost their trust in adults before they even arrived in the small country village they were evacuated to. As “reformatory” boys they were treated as the lowest class. Younger kids were allowed to mock them and they were blamed for any troubling matters that happened while they were near.

In the village Oe shows a group of boys not only learning to survive but coping with being abandoned, gaining a first love, battling fear of the plague, and death. Two brothers are among the fifteen boys abandoned in the village and Oe depicts a strong brotherly bond between the two- the older brother having a strong sense of responsibility to the younger. Also among the ones left behind is a Korean boy living on the outskirts of the village abandoned due to his heritage, a village girl that refused to leave her dead mother’s side, and a solider being hunted for running from his duties.

Overall Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids is a heartbreaking novel that is most defiantly not for the faint of heart. It shows a darker side of human nature with the mentality of ‘taking care of our own’ and leaving the rest of the world to crumble. ( )
  ReadingBifrost | Sep 18, 2014 |
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 |
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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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