David Lurie, middle-aged and twice divorced, is a scholar fallen into disgrace. After years teaching Romantic poetry at the Technical University of Cape Town, he has an impulsive affair with a student. Willing to admit his guilt, but refusing to yield to pressure to repent publicly, he resigns and retreats to an isolated smallholding owned by his daughter Lucy. But the balance of power in the country is shifting.
He and Lucy become victims of a savage and disturbing attack which brings into relief all the fault-lines in their relationship.
©1999 J. M. Coetzee (P)2013 AudioGO Ltd
No improvement possible. The reading grabs your emotions, and doesn't let go.
Y es I would love to acquire audio versions of what in my opinion are his greatest works: "In the heart of the country." "Waiting for the barbarians and "The Life and times of Michael K." How about it, Audiobooks?
A bang-on performance. As an expatriate South African, I admired the credible and realistic way he handled the various South African accents.
A harrowing emotional experience, but well worth tackling. I detected a number of nuances that I had missed the first time I read it, when it was initially published. Also, a powerful movie - starring John Malkovich.
This is a classic of South African literature by South Africa's finest writer, who for reasons known on only to himself has emigrated to Austraiia. - a must read.
"Everything is a little changed after this..."
They say that the Japanese earthquake of 2011 shifted the axis of the earth by 4 .metres.
They also say that 4 meters is actually not that important.
Well, that is how I feel about this book.
This book floored me. It was artfully written, it was powerful. It shook evertything I believe; and all those things will forever be changed a little as a result of this book.
Can''t tell too much of the story for fear of spoilers. Suffice to say it's a story of a man struggling with his place in the world, in the challenge that is post apartheid South Africa. Stuff happens, and it all changes again...
This book brought about a 4m Earth axis shift sort of a change in my perspective. Nothing fundamental will alter, but it's a hell of of a start...
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