I’ve always wanted to get into the soul of the works of Kenzaburo Oe’s writing. The book that came into my mind was Nip the buds, shoot the kids. Although it’s a coming of age story about children in a war, this book is not for the weak-hearted, the squished or for children. The story centers around a nameless boy whom is a reform school student. He experiences death, betrayal and chaos in the five days he and the other children faced. The novel is very dark and disturbing. I recommend that only serious students and those of a strong stomach should read this tragic book.
My rating: A