|Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids (1958) [Novel]|
by Kenzaburo Oe
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(From the publisher):
Recounts the exploits of fifteen teenage reformatory boys evacuated to a remote mountain village in wartime. The narrator who acts as nominal leader of the small band, his younger brother and their comrades are all delinquent outcasts, feared and detested by the local peasants. When plague breaks out, their hosts abandon them and flee, then blockade them inside the empty village, together with a young Korean, an army deserter and a girl evacuee. However, the boys' brief, doomed attempt to build autonomous lives of self-respect, love, and tribal valour inevitably fails with the reflux of death and the adult nightmare of war.
Original title: 芽むしり仔撃ち (Memushiri kōchi) [Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids]
Alternative titles: Pluck the Bud and Destroy the Offspring
Genre: Fiction→ Historical→ World War II→ General
Fiction→ Historical→ Asia→ Japan
Fiction→ General Fiction→ Literary Fiction/classics
Fiction→ General Fiction→ Troubled Lives
Fiction→ General Fiction→ Youth (rebellion, Angst, Coming Of Age)