The silent cry
The Silent Cry traces the uneasy relationship between two brothers who return to their ancestral home, a village in densely forested western Japan. While one brother tries to sort out the after-effects of a friend's suicide and the birth of a retarded son, the other embarks on a quixoticmission to incite an uprising among the local youth. Oe's description of this brother's messianic struggle to save a disintegrating local culture and economy from the depredations of a Korean wheeler-dealer called "The Emperor of the Supermarkets" is as chillingly pertinent today as it was whenfirst published in 1967. Powerful and daring, The Silent Cry is a thoroughly compelling classic of world literature.
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After researching this book, I wonder if I would enjoy reading this story. The main character's friend is described as "painting his head crimson, inserting a cucumber in his anus and hanging himself." This image is very disturbing and I'm not sure if I am in a place to enjoy a story that sets a tone with that description.