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.
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