Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Disgrace by J M Coetzee

A wonderful find at a bargain price in a Hay bookshop –I recalled a discussion about its memorable opening sentence and realised I had yet on read on from the announcement that David has ‘solved the problem of sex rather well’. And so pleased I am to have done so.

The book touches here and there on its opening the topic but swiftly moves to aspects of life with hard edges –power, gender, parent & child relationships, the politics that shape institutions and countries are all exposed. Coetzee is a fine writer who takes his reader into the heart of the story, alongside characters not always very likable but always of interest.  A book well worth reading that asks lots of questions and doesn’t pretend to have answers.

For more about Coetzee see  http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/2003/coetzee-bio.html

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