Fires On The Plain Of Shohei Ooka

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Shohei Ooka, was born in Tokyo in 1909. Graduated in literature and majored in French literature, which translated into Japanese large amount of works. In 1944 he joined the Navy. He is captured by the U.S. Army in 1945.

Repatriated to Japan within a year, he began a fruitful and successful career of writer.Since that television wave of Japanese homemade videos, everyone knows how to distinguish a Chinese child of a Japanese child, namely: it takes the child in question and is dropped, that rebound is Japanese.Shohei Ooka, it tells the story, I gather that autobiographical part of a Japanese soldier who survives on his own to the disastrous defeat of his army in the battle of the island of Leyte. Hardships and calamities that suffers the soldier, both physical, by the famine, and psychic, loneliness, fear and hunger, are endurable only by a chosen or a Japanese.The war is chaos. A mess, I mean. In addition to death and destruction is something very little neat. We unconsciously drove the geometry of the parades to the battlefield. It is a lie, there is no field of battle nor lines that appear drawn with square and bevel. A military parade is war what the Grey’s Anatomy TV series is to the life of a hospital.The disbanded before the defeat, clutter, dirt, thirst, disease, fear, knitted clothing shreds why soldiers pretend to be so clean and tidy in time of peace.

Because when they need to perform their jobs they smell of excrement and soiled permanently.The novel, despite large differences, brings me to mind the sufferings narrated by Primo Levi. A big difference: the Jews were victims of the massacre and the Japanese have always massacred their neighbors, when they not massacring each other. Another big difference is that Primo Levi writes much better.While the novel is well written, may not be interesting in certain passages, precisely because plasma very credibly the loneliness of a soldier in the tropical jungle surrounded by of enemies. He makes long endure the thoughts of the protagonist but never bored.The story improves (it is in fact the best book) when hunger and abandonment make something present and permanent, Anthropophagy despite the interior of the protagonist struggle. And it is that when hunger goes so far as to die, when viewing the congeners with different eyes. And if he looks at you is a Japanese, so that count.The most interesting moments of the entire book are found in this part. It is when things happen and when the characters involved, including the protagonist, uncover as actors worthy of interest to the reader. Enjoying the psychological tensions being experienced, the remembrance of the heart of darkness by Joseph Conrad came to me. One can discern that only this book is worth.In the end, the author Lia is. It seems to end in a way but gives the impression that change your mind while writing the last chapter and decides that the outcome is something unreal and strange. Original author and source of the article

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