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Disgrace - J.M. Coetzee
Disgrace
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From the author of Waiting for the Barbarians and the Booker-Prize-winning Life & Times of Michael K, a dazzling new novel--his first in five yearsDisgrace--set in post-apartheid Cape Town and on a remote farm in the Eastern Cape--is deft, lean, quiet, and brutal. A heartbreaking novel about a... show more
From the author of Waiting for the Barbarians and the Booker-Prize-winning Life & Times of Michael K, a dazzling new novel--his first in five yearsDisgrace--set in post-apartheid Cape Town and on a remote farm in the Eastern Cape--is deft, lean, quiet, and brutal. A heartbreaking novel about a man and his daughter, Disgrace is a portrait of the new South Africa that is ultimately about grace and love.At fifty-two Professor David Lurie is divorced, filled with desire but lacking in passion. An affair with one of his students leaves him jobless and friendless. Except for his daughter, Lucy, who works her smallholding with her neighbor, Petrus, an African farmer now on the way to a modest prosperity. David's attempts to relate to Lucy, and to a society with new racial complexities, are disrupted by an afternoon of violence that changes him and his daughter in ways he could never have foreseen. In this wry, visceral, yet strangely tender novel, Coetzee once again tells "truths [that] cut to the bone." (The New York Times Book Review)"The kind of territory J.M Coetzee has made his own. . .By this late point in the century, the journey to a heart of narrative darkness has become a safe literary destination . . . Disgrace goes beyond this to explore the furthest reaches of what it means to be human: it is at the frontier of world literature."--Sunday Telegraph (UK)
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780670887316 (0670887315)
Publisher: Viking Adult
Pages no: 220
Edition language: English
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tyryant
tyryant rated it
3.0 Disgrace
Very strong writing, but the plot and themes do not connect with me. Another book by a middle aged man about a middle aged man and his sexual desires. Feels a bit thin in its metaphors/analogies. Sometimes reads as frustrating non-committal to the themes it's raising.
Book Thoughts
Book Thoughts rated it
2.0 Review of Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee
A great many reviewers that I respect rated this book 4 or 5 stars and I hate to be the contrarian, but in this case, I really did not like this book. It is my first read of Coetzee, and his writing style was impressive. But for this book, I found nothing to enjoy. The main character was simply d...
Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it
4.0 Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee
bookshelves: spring-2015, e-book, booker-winner, published-1999, nobel-laureate, tbr-busting-2015, shortstory-shortstories-novellas, prostitution, afr-s-africa, lit-crit, lit-richer, midlife-crisis Read from April 22 to 25, 2015 CycadDescription: Set in post-apartheid South Africa, J. M. Coetze...
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even with nougat, you can have a perfect moment rated it
2.0 Disgrace
This book was not for me. The dialogue was wooden, and I felt thoroughly unengaged throughout the whole story. I couldn't get into the mindset of any of the characters. Events would occur - many of them horrific - but they felt rather flat and distant. It's not that I wouldn't recommend the boo...
The Book Magpie's Nest
The Book Magpie's Nest rated it
2.0 Disgrace
This book was not for me. The dialogue was wooden, and I felt thoroughly unengaged throughout the whole story. I couldn't get into the mindset of any of the characters. Events would occur - many of them horrific - but they felt rather flat and distant. It's not that I wouldn't recommend the boo...
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