I have to admit that I haven’t read your review – I’m planning to read Disgrace soon, so didn’t want to form any opinions before reading it myself. I’ll come back soon and let you know my thoughts. I hope I enjoy it as much as you did.
Excellent double-header review! I love how you describe completely different reactions to the book and its themes and yet cohesively present the book and both gave it the same rating. Disgrace is an amazing book and I agree wholeheartedly with you both.
J.M. Coetzee's 'Disgrace' is a complex and moving tale about a middle-aged professor who realizes that his best days are behind him. Like many men who go through a mid-life crisis, he tries to convince himself that he is still full of desire and passion and that women still find him desirable. 'Disgrace,' however, is about much more than a man who simply fears growing old. It is also a commentary on social relations between people: between men and women, father and daughter, races, cultures, lifestyles, and of the social structures in post apartheid South Africa. The novel's protagonist, David Lurie, goes on a journey to rediscover who he is and to find meaning in his life. What he discovers and doesn't discover about life is for the reader to figure out. 'Disgrace' is a very compelling and well-written novel by an author at the top of his form. Coetzee's characterizations and witty dialogue are, in particular, to be commended.
Love the dual review format! A co-worker at the university bookstore in Auburn begged me to read this one when it came out, but I never got around to it. The few pages I read of Elizabeth Costello didn’t thrill me but it sounds like this is an author who requires little getting used to. I’ll have to keep an eye out for Disgrace.
Disgrace is a book that I know that I will read again, not simply because I want to, but because I need to. I do not think that a first pass at this novel was sufficient to uncover all that it holds, and there was much that my virgin mind simply could not process without prior foundation. I want to explore this book over and over again, furrowing its secrets and its truths, tragic and sad as they may be.