Life and Times of Michael K
In a South Africa turned by war, Michael K. sets out to take his ailing mother back to her rural home. On the way there she dies, leaving him alone in an anarchic world of brutal roving armies. Imprisoned, Michael is unable to bear confinement and escapes, determined to live with dignity. This... show more
In a South Africa turned by war, Michael K. sets out to take his ailing mother back to her rural home. On the way there she dies, leaving him alone in an anarchic world of brutal roving armies. Imprisoned, Michael is unable to bear confinement and escapes, determined to live with dignity. This life affirming novel goes to the center of human experience—the need for an interior, spiritual life; for some connections to the world in which we live; and for purity of vision.
Publish date: January 8th 1985
Pages no: 192
Edition language: English
, Literary Fiction
, 20th Century
, Nobel Prize
, African Literature
Tandis qu'il n'est pas difficile de vivre une vie qui consiste simplement à passer le temps. Je suis un de ces êtres heureux qui échappent à toute vocation.
The is my second novel by Coetzee and I am still not that impressed. This one is depressing - it starts that way and ends that way. I understand that the author is describing how awful wartime can be, especially for people limited by money or by intellect, but I just felt that it was overdone.
Ask me to pronounce verdict on a work of literature flaunting self-indulgent wordplay, revelling in its own brand of avant-gardism which stops short of making a powerful statement on our troubled times, and my response to it is likely to be lukewarm. Ask me to judge a book dissecting the greater hum...
Excellent, excellent novel about a young man lost in South Africa trying to make a life for himself. It sounds trite but it's so much more than that. This book didn't blow me away quite like DISGRACE but it was amazing and beautiful and lyrical all the same. http://www.bostonbibliophile.com/2011/05/...
isn't this a Liberal Guilt Novel? Coetzee imagines--and believably so--what an illiterate good-natured black South African day laborer/agriculturist has to go through, but the result is the glorification of a human being I'm not sure I would necessarily commit much time to if I met IRL. yes, i belie...