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PostSubject: Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee   Sun 29 Mar 2009, 1:19 pm

My April selection from the Bucket list is Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee.....so many books to choose from!
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PostSubject: Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee   Sat 02 May 2009, 11:36 am

Disgrace won the Booker Prize in 1999. J.M. Coetzee is a literature Nobel
Prize winner. I thought I couldn't go wrong…

The story takes place in post apartheid South Africa. Both protagonists are white. The first disgrace in the narrative is the guilty plea to sexual harassment by David Lurie, a university professor. The second disgrace is a jarring incident of rape and assault that takes place at Lucy's farm (David's
daughter) where David went to regroup after his university expulsion. The circumstances of the assault are froth with politics, and racial stereotypes. The rape is "discreetly" handled, but there is a great deal of unpleasantness described quite vividly. In addition to human to human violence, there is violence against animals. This read is not for the feint of heart.

The author doesn't mask the ugliness of these events. He could have
manipulated the reader's emotions, but instead, he skims the emotional terrain.
I thought the author could have shed more insights into the post-apartheid turmoils.
This is a troubling work, of troubled people in troubled times.
I wished I had chosen another title.
I give this book a 3 out of 5 stars.
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