AGHWEE THE SKY MONSTER PDF

His short story "Aghwee the Sky Monster" "Sora no kaibutsu Aguii" combines both the central autobiographical motif of A Personal Matter with the surreal play on perspectives exemplified in Dojidai gemu to produce one of his best and most unique works—a narrative that is both grotesquely funny and unsentimentally poignant. An unnamed young student the narrator is hired to look after D, an eccentric composer who believes that he is being haunted by a huge phantom baby, whom he calls Aghwee. The student soon learns that the composer himself has just lost his child, a baby born with a brain tumor who was allowed to die in the hospital, and he deduces that guilt toward his lost child is causing D's hallucinations. The student's job consists of following D around Tokyo, often witnessing the composer's one-sided exchanges with Aghwee when the baby apparently descends from the sky. But one day the composer, seemingly deep in discussion with the phantom child, steps in front of a truck and is killed.

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Each of the stories were extremely depressing, unpleasant, and unsettling Admittedly, I only read the last two. The story chronicled the relationship formed between a year-old anonymous narrator employed to accompany a famous and troubled music composer, D, around Tokyo whenever he wished to go out. D makes the decision with the doctor to kill the baby by feeding him nothing but sugar water until it died after a week, starving to death.

D divorces his wife after this, as he had been planning to for some time so that he could be with an actress with whom he was having an affair.

However, after tragedy strikes, he sends the narrator to tell the actress he will not be seeing her anymore and that this divorce was not the one he had promised her.

D appears to be of rather kind, decent temperament, his demeanor changing when Aghwee comes down to earth, treating him like a child he is introducing to the world, nurturing, fathering.

Eventually, while out in Tokyo on Christmas Eve with the narrator and Aghwee, D suddenly jumps in front of a train and dies one day later. He was born with a brain lesion that exposed white matter in his brain that would ultimately kill him, and Oe and his wife were presented with two options: they could give their doctor permission to operate on his son, saving his life but leaving him mentally retarded, or allow their son to die.

It is notable, perhaps, that his son is now a music composer. This sounds like an interesting yet depressing story. The parallel between Oe and D is particularly interesting because they have such similar stories, but they chose such different paths. I commend you for reading and writing about this, considering the dark subject matter.

I found this story to be very unique and deep. At first I was confused as to why the author would choose to write about something so dark, but after reading about his own son, I started to understand. This story also seems to be very metaphorical, and I like how you broke down each of the metaphors and explained them to the reader.

This helped me to really grasp how strongly the author felt about his own child, even in the face of difficulty. I really enjoy reading and hearing about new books, so I really liked this blog post and the concept of your blog!

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Each of the stories were extremely depressing, unpleasant, and unsettling Admittedly, I only read the last two. The story chronicled the relationship formed between a year-old anonymous narrator employed to accompany a famous and troubled music composer, D, around Tokyo whenever he wished to go out. D makes the decision with the doctor to kill the baby by feeding him nothing but sugar water until it died after a week, starving to death. D divorces his wife after this, as he had been planning to for some time so that he could be with an actress with whom he was having an affair. However, after tragedy strikes, he sends the narrator to tell the actress he will not be seeing her anymore and that this divorce was not the one he had promised her.

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Aghwee the Sky Monster (Sora no Kaibutsu Aguii) by Oe Kenzaburo, 1972

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