Ethics in relationships between men and women are examined throughout the novel with complicated results. What is love to a man compromised physically in the seventh decade of his life? A new element is added to the ...more
When you've won every possible literary award, including the Nobel Prize, you're entitled to indulge yourself a little. That, at least, is my explanation for how J.M. Coetzee came up with this fascinating flop of a novel.
''Slow Man'' begins with Paul Rayment, a photographer who lives in Australia, losing a leg in a bicycle accident. The 60-year-old Rayment, who lives alone and has no close family, descends into bitterness. He refuses ...more
لحد آخر 30 صفحة أنا كنت هديها الخمس درجات كاملة .. لكن النهاية كانت في ظني باهتة ..
فأنقصت درجة .. عمل رائع .. وعميق للغاية .. استمتعت بيه جدا في أوقات السفر .. كان رفيق جيد ..
ولكن طالما سأتحدث عن الرواية فلا يمكن أن أغفل ترجمة عبد المقصود عبدالكريم .. ترجمة راقية وعذبة للغاية .. جعلتني أشعر أن وجوده شفاف .. فاستطعت الوصول إلى كوتسي بدون أن يعيقني .. وهذا نجاح كبير في رأيي
وبفضل ترجمته .. أبحث عن باقي أعمال كوتسي .. بل وأبحث عن باقي الأعمال التي قام المترجم بتعريبها .. لأن إتقانه واختياره لهذا ...more
What that translates as is: "I don't have a plot to speak of or any structure but I have such faith in my own vast (albeit undiscovered talent) that I don't feel I need one, so I simply write pages and pages of free-flowing pure invention [tedious drivel] instead."
Slow Man is what happens when you let your characters write the book ...more
Despite my appre ...more
Up to around 240+ pages the novel was so strong that I would not mind giving it a 5-star rating. It has unbelievable characters for a very simple plot: a 60-year old guy divorcee who lost his right leg and thought of having an instant family via his caretaker. Coetzee ...more
Elizabeth was an odd addi ...more
And at first I was into it. Interesting. Story about an older dude who loses a leg in a bicycle accident and let's just say he doesn't have the best attitude about it. Then he falls for his home care nurse ...more
Slow Man, like Disgrace, takes an older-middle-aged gentleman in South Africa, and has something untoward happen to him. In a way, it could almost be called Disgrace, the Sequel. How creative can you be, right? Well, it is different, even though there are similarities, and even though it's fairly obvious that Coetzee himself is an older-middle-aged man living in South ...more
Paul Rayment suffers a terrible accident whilst cycling along the road in Adelaide, Australia. And falls in love with his caretaker. That's where the book takes the unexpected turn. Delving into the borderline between author and subject, between the writer and their characters, Slow Man bends the space-time of the concept of the novel further than most can without breaking the forth wall of the action entirely.
I enjoyed this book, although I could easily ...more
Is it the responsibility of Nobel Prize winners to showcase their brilliance or ensure a strong readership? If intelligent readers don't understand the author, what's the point? The Washington Post likened Slow Man to "an episode of The Twilight Zone by John Barth," with the feeling "that it means something important," even while this meaning remains elusive. Simply, Coetzee's postmodern literary trick overwhelms what could have been a provoking rumination on love, old age, and life. Instead, th...more
And then the author showed up.
Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this decision here.
In the meantime, you can rea ...more
Deste, "O Homem Lento", não gostei tanto... A verdade é que até estava a gostar, mas a "aparição" de Elizabeth Costello deixou-me um pouco confusa e o livro tornou-se estranho. Achei a personagem pouco credível e a forma com foi introduzida na história despropositada. O livro acabou por não ser bem aquilo que eu estava à espera, no entanto, não dei o meu tempo por desperdiçado, porque, tirando Elizabeth Co ...more
Of course Coetzee's wo ...more
I have no idea what Elizabeth's appearance in the book accomplishes other than to repeat what the main character, Paul, has already expressed previously and to act as some sort of bantering (and annoyin ...more
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A novelist and literary critic as well as a translator, Coetzee has won the Booker Prize twice and was awarded the 2003 Nobel Prize in Literature.