• Title: Friends
  • Author: Kōbō Abe Donald Keane
  • ISBN: 9784805302385
  • Page: 141
  • Format: None
  • Friends An absurdist drama about the gradual destruction of the individual A family enters the apartment of a young man and announces that they will save him from his loneliness by living with him Slowly the
    An absurdist drama about the gradual destruction of the individual A family enters the apartment of a young man and announces that they will save him from his loneliness by living with him Slowly, they destroy everything, in the cheerful psychotic name of brotherly love.

    One Reply to “Friends”

    1. A Kafkaesque nightmare about a man forcibly exposed to the seemingly affectionate embrace of a family that forces their way into his apartment one night and refuses to leave. The perfect play to bring over to your family's house for some pleasant holiday reading.

    2. Based upon Abe's own excellent short story "Intruders," this play is ultimately different enough to warrant reading, but not nearly as effective. Thus, my opinion has not changed: Kobo Abe was an inimitable novelist, but a dreadful playwright.

    3. 4.5. Uncomfortable in the same way that his other works are (at least what I've gathered from the Teshigahara adaptations I'll read the books some of these days), as well as the obvious comparison with Kafka. Also quite similar thematically to The Birthday Party which I coincidentally read recently, the gradual erosion of the individual through the irreconcilability of the innate drive to resistance with the dominant culture of authoritarian repression, leading eventually to submission or oblite [...]

    4. This book is like a cute pesky little girl or an annoying fluffy pup--something I want to hate but can't. It is interesting, entertaining, and mysterious. A family intruded Man's house and installed themselves without heed. Man tried to drive them out but the family influenced him instead. Then the plot twist caught me off guard. It left me with a big question mark. It confused me more than to clarify questions I wanted to answer from the start. I want to hate it but there is something, maybe th [...]

    5. A Japanese play about a large family that physically intervenes to save a young man from his loneliness, and in the process manages to completely destroy his life. I added this book to my reading list after being impressed by Abe's Woman in the Dunes.

    6. This play is about the destruction of a young man by invasion of a strange family he never knew before, consisted of a grandmother, a mother, a father, three daughters and two sons. Worth to read.My review:bookquickies.wordpress/200

    7. A Japanese comedy of menace. The public breaking into the private, as an 8-member family breaks into a young man's flat and refuses to leave until it drives him to resignation and death.

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