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Kenzaburo Oe is among the most unique and critical writers of our instances, and nowhere is his genius extra obtrusive than in A Quiet Life-an uncanny mixture of the true with the imagined, of memoir with fiction.

A Quiet existence is narrated by way of Ma-chan, a twenty-year-old lady. Her father is a well-known and interesting novelist; her older brother, even though critically brain-damaged, possesses a nearly magical reward for musical composition; and her mother’s existence is dedicated to the care of them either. Ma-chan and her more youthful brother locate themselves emotionally at the outdoors of this oddly developed . but if her father accepts a traveling professorship from an American collage, Ma-chan reveals herself all of sudden the pinnacle of the loved ones and on the heart of relations relationships that she needs to start to redefine.

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107 1 question of meaning proposed conclusion rejection of proposed conclusion exclusion (Diva) inclusion ( u -i) 1 , Yishmaelian -ia*u nnV antf? rpxaa , r a a "OX vavo , 1 X X'xm ? x-anV 1 Akivan lai ? na^n na la^a 1 1 -? DID ma-fr For additional terms characteristic of each school see Epstein, Prolegomena, 568; Albeck, Intro­ duction, 93-102; Kahana, Sifrei zuta, 44-53; many more terms could be added. It should not be overlooked, however, that for a number of terms the difference between the two schools is not absolute, even if expressing the term that is in more common usage by each of the schools.

Furthermore, at times we witness a development of the meaning of exegeti­ cal methods that were identically formulated in the lists of Hillel and R. Yish­ mael. An outstanding example of this phenomenon is the method of gezera shava, whose primary meaning, as proposed by Lieberman, is a comparison between two analogous matters. It was related of Hillel that he expounded a gezera shava before the elders of Bathyra, based on a single word that appears in two similar passages and bears directly upon the law learned from it.

Yishmael: 'X, that was in the generalization, and was then specified, did so to teach regarding the generalization' (such as MekRY p27, p64; SifNum, p2, p39; MidrTann p59, p92). However, in the Akivan Midrashim it is formulated differently: 'X was in a generalization. Why was it then specified? In order to draw an inference regarding it' (such as MekRSbY p39, pl47; Sifra Nedava p87, Tsav 3:1, 31a; SifDeut, pi84, p257), and similarly in the language of the Mishna, also Akivan (mBM 2:5). Needless to say, the most reliable mss of the Midrashim must be used to examine this question, devoting special effort to a clarification of the text of extinct Midrashim.

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