A well crafted autobiographical novel. Definitely worth reading.
This book is narrated by women and men in Coetzee's life via personal interviews, yet written by Coetzee. Coetzee is a complex character in this novel, as no one can reach his core. Is he a reliable narrator? I found myself amazed at Coetzee's ability to be introspective. At the same time, it's sad, because Coetzee is so misunderstood, yet near the end, one of his characters (who is Coetzee writing as a former lover/colleague) gives us insight into Coetzee's thinking. Incredibly humbling, and I doubt that many authors would be able to pull this off. I loved it! We all just want the author to find love and passion in someone or something.
Very clever. The narrator is Coetzee's biographer using diary fragments and interviews with Coetzee's friends.
definitely read the reviews. I enjoyed as always, but, again, not up there with Disgrace in my opinion.
Shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2009. I was a bit perturbed when I began reading to realize this is the third volume in a series...but it didn't matter in the least, that I hadn't read the first two books (Childhood, and Youth). Told from a very clever perspective - it was fascinating.
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