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A Reading Gathering Based on “Confession”

Popularity 6Viewed 2003 times 2016-3-30 18:08 |Personal category:review|System category:Others| 凑かなえ

Last Saturday night, I went to a reading club in our university. “Confession”, written by a Japanese writer 凑かなえ(凑家苗), was the book we discussed. Students who were in the reading club have a variety of research background, such as Chinese, micro-electronics, computer science and English literature.

 

Firstly, a student gave us a thorough introduction of the book, for most of us have not read that before. After the presentation, we started to express our opinions on the book. The book tells a story about a teacher’s revenge on some students who murdered her daughter. The two students who made the tragedy were very different, but shared one thing in common, that is, their relationship with their parents is not the way as it should be. One of them was very talented, but he used to be abandoned by his mother. Therefore, he craved her mother’s care by making himself much more excellent than his classmates. When his girlfriend said he had Oedipus complex, he was so mad that he killed her. I guess the girl was right about this twisted love, which hurt him so much when his secret was known by the other. The other one who was involved in the murder, became paranoid after he was told that the milk that he and his classmates drank every day had been added AIDS-infected blood. He was so scared that he dare not go back to school. (Actually there was only pure milk.) The paranoid boy’s mother used to be a neglected girl in her family, so she always wanted her child to have all the love and best things in their family. The loss of parents’ care have farther influence in one person. When she found that her son was that good and he was really involved in the murder (she did not believe at first), she realized that her son was a total failure. She failed, so she decided to kill his son, but in the struggle, his son killed her instead. The talented boy later invented a bomb and put it in a classroom in a university where her mother worked, because he found that her mother abandoned him again by remarrying to another guy. He became desperate and wanted to attract her attention by this extreme way. However, the teacher, whose daughter murdered by him, rearranged the bomb and put it outside the office of his mother, but he did not know and pressed the button. He just killed the one he loved so much.

 

The story was very much impressive for the lonely atmosphere it creates. The students who were involved in the murder were lonely, for their mothers either cared little or cares too much. I guess the writer wanted to condemn this selfish parenting. Most of the students in that class did not treat those who were involved in the murder well. Who are the most of the student in the book? I think it is the most of us. We do not want to understand the weak group and sometimes even think of them as freaks. The wall that isolates them from the rest of the normal people is built by us, but not them. I feel scared by the condemnation from the author, because the most of the students in that class, that is, the most of us, has a big part in the tragedy. There was one friend mentioned migrant works who were over 50 years old around us. He said they are almost invisible in this society, because people try to pretend that they are still okay in the heavy manual labor. However, they are getting old and they do not have social insurance. Truth always hurts, but being numb about truth will be the most pathetic and sorrowful truth in the world.

 

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(Opinions of the writer in this blog don't represent those of China Daily.)


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Reply Report voice_cd 2016-3-31 08:26
Thanks for sharing your story here, we have highlighted it in our blog homepage.
Reply Report Dracarys 2016-3-31 08:56
I watched this movie years ago which i shall not watch again -  this movie makes me feel desperate
Reply Report Dahu8610 2016-3-31 09:57
Based on your review, I think, there are two types of teen murders in this crime novel. One is the "genius" murder who craves his mother's care, and the other is the "paranoid" murder who gets too much concern from his mother. Just as it is said, "too much is as bad as too little," these two kinds of abnormal relationship between mothers and sons gradually lead to the death of an innocent girl as well as the two mothers. While attracted by your vivid description and insightful analysis, I guess that the young students and the aged migrant workers have different psychological problems. Just as you say, the teens have troubles in dealing with their parents and their peers, while the elderly workers from rural areas are worrying about how to make a living after they are not able to work any longer in the near future.
Reply Report cecilia颖 2016-3-31 18:32
voice_cd: Thanks for sharing your story here, we have highlighted it in our blog homepage.
thank you as always
Reply Report cecilia颖 2016-3-31 18:34
Dracarys: I watched this movie years ago which i shall not watch again -  this movie makes me feel desperate
yeah, it is a very good movie reconstructing the book so well...
Reply Report Dracarys 2016-4-1 09:00
cecilia颖: yeah, it is a very good movie reconstructing the book so well...
I thought it was written by the director ..
Reply Report cecilia颖 2016-4-5 14:34
Dahu8610: Based on your review, I think, there are two types of teen murders in this crime novel. One is the "genius" murder who craves his mother's c ...
first thank you very much for your comment. it is a good story. and you are also right about the two different psychological problems, haha. my mind just drifted away a little bit much from the centre...
Reply Report Funny-boy 2017-9-30 09:18
It's deep thought issue for us, how to deal with it better for education child.

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