By Kenzaburō Ōe
From Nobel Prize winner Oe comes the tale of Marie Kuraki, a eastern girl with a grin like Betty Boop's, who has develop into a saint to a gaggle of Mexican farm employees. even supposing Marie is an unbeliever looking for non secular peace, she embarks on a trip caused through a sequence of private tragedies, together with the deaths of her husband and sons.
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So even though I started out wanting to prove that I could do everything on my own, and bring Musan up too--a nd until now I really thought I'd managed to pull it off-I have to face the fact that I 've always had support from the people around me. "My wife said it would be nice if Musan and Michio could live together, since they get along so well. Also that you'd said there 41 was no ill feeling that caused you to separate; it seemed divorce was what you'd finally arrived at as a way of taking full responsi bility for Musan .
My wife had said: "Marie's husband doesn't say much, and it seems her whole family treated her like a princess, always let her have her own way. To indulge a child that way is one thing, but they kept it up even after she was married ! " Marie divorced her husband, leaving Michio with h i m and taking Musan to raise herself. She told my wife that she thought Musan's birth might lead her to some kind of "atonement," and that she 40 felt the joy she'd find as she moved toward it was meant for her alone.
But even though I was trying hard, by the time I had crossed the pool three times I was so far behind that Marie, who had already made the turn and was on her way back, passed me in the middle of the pool. As she sped by, my own tendency to sink gave me the feeling of being on the bottom looking up, watching her perfectly straight body and vigorously 34 kicking thighs skim along the surface. Seeing that the first five hundred meters of trying to keep up with her had thoroughly exhausted me, she did a quick turn, swam another two hund red at top speed, and then climbed out of the pool, scarcely out of breath.