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The Changeling

by Kenzaburo Oe

The Changeling
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  • First Published:
    Mar 2010, 480 pages
    Paperback:
    Feb 2011, 480 pages

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A novel about confronting ghosts of the past, from Nobel Prize-winner Kenzaburo Oe

The Changeling is probably a good book (and glowing reviews in various newspapers and magazines indicate that a number of critics think it is), but it is not for everyone, and it was not for me. The book is pulled along with a compelling plot that frequently startled me with its eerie twists and sharp revelations. The novel primarily concerns Kogito, a well-regarded Japanese writer, his wife, Chikashi, an artist, and Goro, Chikashi's brother and Kogito's childhood friend. The novel opens just after Goro has jumped to his death, and it seems at first that the ensuing action will seek to explain why he has committed suicide, but gradually the mysteries widen and extend backward in time. When Kogito and Goro were just boys and they disappeared for two days, what happened to forever change Goro upon his return?

I didn't actually realize at first that I was reading a suspense novel, ...

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