Sunday, January 4, 2009


by J. M. Coetzee

"Disgrace" is one of the strongest novels that I have read in a long time. The prose is beautiful, haunting even. It tells the story of a 52-year old womanizer, a poetry scholar living in South Africa, David Lurie. He seduces one of his 20-year old students. As a sexual harassment scandal erupts, he leaves his job and goes to live with his hippie daughter out in the country on her farm. Soon after he settles into his new life, native South Africans attack the farm, attack him and his daughter. The rest of the book explores David's relationships with his daughter, with the neighbors, with the family of his victim, with his work. This book is the winner of the 1999 Booker Prize, and Coetzee is the 2003 winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. Go read it, READ IT!

5 out of 5

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