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الرجل البطيء

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"When photographer Paul Rayment loses his leg in a bicycle accident, his solitary life is irrevocably changed. Stubbornly refusing a prosthesis, Paul returns to his bachelor's apartment in Adelaide, uncomfortable with his new dependency on others. He is given to bouts of hopelessness as he looks back on his sixty years of life, but his spirits rise when he finds himself fa ...more
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Published by الهيئة المصرية العامة للكتاب (first published 2005)
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Heba Nouraldeen


الرجل البطىء ..رجل يتعرض لحادثة على إثرها تتقلب معنوياته و يرتبط عاطفياً بممرضته
والقرار الوحيد في حياته ربما الذي اتخذه بسرعة هو انه اطلق العنان لمشاعره لكى تتدفق دون أن يتدبر العواقب...
رجل بطيء كالسلحفاة ..يأخذ شهيقا وزفيرا لسنوات قبل ان يتخذ قرارا...عنيداً امام التراجع عن حماقاته...يرتضي بحياته المملة المكررة..ولا يريد أن ينفك عنها...
الى ان تظهر الروائية "اليزابيث" في حياته بصورة غامضة ومبهمة محاولة انقاذه... أعجبت كثيرا بفلسفتها في الحب والحياة....
لا تظن وإن اتيت بصندوق مُمتلىء بالحب والطر
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Sean
Mar 31, 2013 Sean rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I can't deny that JM Coetzee is indeed a talented writer. Clear, concise, exacting prose. And duh, he did win the Nobel Prize after all. But I don't think this one is the one read. ("Disgrace" probably is.) What starts out as a quite conventional story soon morphs into something bordering on ludicrous. Is it magical realism? A darkly comedic satire on death vs. consciousness? Or just a novelist indulging in not having to adhere to any chosen path or structure? And not bothering to answer some ke ...more
Tommy
Aug 03, 2012 Tommy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What I love about Coetzee is that he isn’t afraid of fitting a tire over the goat’s torso. As I’m reading the reviews of this book from my other Goodreads buddies, many seem disturbed by the character Elizabeth Costello, who truly breaks with logic and knows impossible details of characters. In other words she is a meta-character who speechifies some of the arguments and questions I’m sure Coetzee had in writing this book, and in the hands of a post-modernist dilettante, this character would hav ...more
M. Sarki
May 11, 2014 M. Sarki rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
Shelves: abandoned
I read far more than was necessary to finally determine this book was not worth reading. Upon the entrance of Elizabeth Costello I knew pretty much that I was in for a weighty disappointment. The main character and his stubborn life-style refusals and insistence on furthering an ill-fated and inappropriate love affair left me feeling basically disgusted with the pitiful old gent. I was embarrassed for all aging men and what they might become if served heaped on a plate filled with leftover medio ...more
Charles Matthews
This review originally appeared in the San Jose Mercury News:

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
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Neula
Aug 05, 2013 Neula rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: metafiction
One of my pet annoyances is writers who say: "oh, I just start writing and my characters get up to the most unexpected things all on their own, I just let it happen!"

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
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Ahmed
Mar 23, 2016 Ahmed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
الرجل البطئ ….. ج.م.كوتسى


عندما تنقذ القراءة حياة إنسان من الضياع وتنسج له حياة يقبلها ويعيشها،ويرتبط بشخصياتها لتعوضه تلك الشخصيات عن الوحدة الحقيقية التي يعيشها،وتمثل له حبل الإنقاذ من الدمار.

عجوز يتعرض لحادث مرير يفقد على إثره ساقه،فيكره جسده وحياته ويفقد مع ما فقد شغفه بأي شئ،لتهاجمه خيباته المتعددة ووحدته القاتلة،ليستسلم ويبدأ مرحلة جديدة في حياته المتأخرة ويسلك نفسه لممرضات العناية،لتدخل حياته ممرضة منهن بعد عدة تجارب،تملئ عليه حياته ويتيم بها ويندمج مع محيط حياتها،ويرجع للقراءة ليستوحي شخص
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Connie
"The blow catches him from the right, sharp and surprising and painful, like a bolt of electricity, lifting him up off the bicycle." Paul Rayment, a photographer in Adelaide, finds himself in a hospital recovering from a bicycle accident, with one leg amputated above the knee. He refuses a prosthesis and opts for nursing care. After going through a succession of nurses, he develops feelings for a Croatian nurse, Marijana, a married woman with three children. In addition to his loss of independen ...more
Quân Khuê
Có thể nói mối quan hệ giữa tôi với cuốn sách này là một mối quan hệ yêu-ghét. Tôi thích một vài phần, ghét một vài phần, và rốt cuộc thì không rõ mình yêu hay ghét cuốn sách. Văn của Coetzee vẫn thế, tinh, gọn, sắc sảo; tuy nhiên, sự xuất hiện của nhân vật nhà văn Elizabeth Costello có vẻ làm cho cuốn tiểu thuyết kém thành thực. Vẫn biết nhân vật này là một trò chơi tiểu thuyết của nhà văn, nhưng có vẻ đây là một trò chơi chưa thuyết phục. Nếu đọc Coetzee, thì Disgrace, Michael K, Waiting for B ...more
محمود حسني
Nov 09, 2014 محمود حسني rated it really liked it

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
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Jon
Oct 25, 2009 Jon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
This is a complicated book to write about in a few words. On one level it is a story of a sad, isolated man who suffers the loss of a leg in an accident and who becomes hopelessly and inappropriately infatuated with the woman taking care of him. On another level it is the a mediation about the craft of fiction writing and the mysterious relationship between the writer (Coetzee aka Elizabeth Costello) and the character he/she is creating. At the half-way point of the story, the protagonist says s ...more
Larry Buhl
I hate books that make me feel dumb. In some cases I assume it's the author's fault, bad writer trying to be clever, failing. In this case, the guy has won every writing award possible, so he MUST be brilliant and I MUST be missing something. It starts off well: aging single man has a bike accident and loses his leg, pities himself and ruminates on his life. Clear, concise. Then it takes a jaunt into Twilight Zone territory. An annoying woman, an author, that he doesn't know, moves in and takes ...more
rachel
Jul 25, 2007 rachel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I found Paul's character quite well developed, particularly his self-absorption (e.g., others seem to exist only his limited perception of them). I found myself thinking about the psychological theory of the tasks of middle-to-advanced age. Namely, a sense of accomplishment is key to navigating the final stages of life. This seems to be Paul's problem; when he reflects on his life, he feels he has accomplished little and is particularly bothered by the fact that he is childless.

Despite my appre
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Linda
So many have already pointed out the contradictions in this novel that I won't repeat them. Only note that in its metafictional references, it recalled Unamuno's "Niebla" .......but without the heavy-handed determinism. Almost as though Coetzee just couldn't bring himself to do it, to dive in head-first. While not as moving (in an ugly way) as "Disgrace", it does present musings on a variety of topics: photography, authorship and ownership, aging alone, love, beauty and attraction. In two of the ...more
K.D. Absolutely
Feb 08, 2010 K.D. Absolutely rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tata J
Recommended to K.D. by: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
Shelves: booker, ex-1001
This is the first novel of J. M. Coetzee after he won the 2003 Nobel Prize for Literature. This 264-page novel is another proof that he deserved all the praises bestowed to him including the only novelist who won Booker Prize twice.

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
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Anna
Nov 19, 2012 Anna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
At the outset, I thought I was going to love this book, as I liked the author's writing style. Being 61 myself however, I got a little tired of his emphasis on how old a man he was. Please, 60 is not that old. Likely though, with the character being suddenly disabled, he likely felt that way, and that was probably the point. I found that as the book went on(and on and on) I got a bit tired of his whining and self absorption, and was just wanting the book to be finished.
Elizabeth was an odd addi
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Robert Wechsler
I fel this was far from Coetzee's best work, but its problems are inextricably bound to one of the novel’s goals, as I read it: lampooning fiction’s insistence on action. The result of this is, in the novel's second half, an appropriate dullness, but dullness all the same.

My principal interest was in watching Coetzee do what he felt he needed to do, despite the effect it may have on the reader. It’s great that he has the self-control to keep the novel from falling into broad humor, which would h
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Laura
4* Disgrace
4* Waiting for the Barbarians
4* Foe
4* The Master of Petersburg
3* Slow Man
TR Elizabeth Costello
TR Youth
TR Dusklands
TR Boyhood
TR Summertime
TR Life and Times of Michael K
Heather
Aug 24, 2011 Heather rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: couldntfinish
I SURRENDER. A friend recommended this book and I took it out of the library about 2300 times, meaning to read it, never getting around to it because ones I was more excited about always took precedence. Finally this last time I resolved I would read the damn thing before I turned it in again.

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
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Abeer Hoque
Jul 06, 2010 Abeer Hoque rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first Coetzee book and I'm not sure I should have started with it. It begins beautifully, with a dramatic life changing accident described with sparse, clear, and compelling prose. But then it quickly degenerates into a series of encounters that are increasingly bizarre and ridiculous.

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
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Andy
Jun 19, 2007 Andy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: readownedloved
For some of my commentary on Coetzee as an author in general, please refer to my review of Disgrace, his other novel I have read.

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
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Will
Feb 20, 2013 Will rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This is an odd little book, no question.

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
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Mayee
Jun 14, 2007 Mayee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is something mysterious about love -- it stems from physical desire, intimacy and projections, and perhaps something else that will never be defined. In Coetzee's Slow Man, we are invited to the world of Paul Rayment, an elderly Frenchman living in Australia who ends up with an amputated leg due to an unfortunate incident. He is stubborn and laments over his fate, refusing to get over the fact that he is pretty much an incomplete individual. Enter his Croatian nurse Marijana Jokic, married ...more
Bookmarks Magazine

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

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Halil
Nov 16, 2015 Halil rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yazarın okuduğum bu ilk kitabından çok etkilendiğimi söyleyemeyeceğim. Kitapta, arka kapaktan yazarın diğer kitaplarında da kullandığını öğrendiğim Elizabeth Costello karakteri, gizemli bir öğe olarak hikayeyi ilginç ve sürükleyici kılıyor (kılmaya çalışıyor(!)). İlk sayfalardan itibaren okuyucunun bir "6.his" basitliği içerisinde olup olmadığı şüphesi, kitabın son bölümünde ana karakterin bu soruyu merak etmesiyle çözülüyor. "Şimdi size bir soru sorayım Bayan Costello: Siz gerçek misiniz? Ben y ...more
Edgar Trevizo
Nov 16, 2015 Edgar Trevizo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful, wholehearted and arduous exploration on writing fiction and on the true character of character's reality. A precious book in which the characters are so real that at the end they might as well have learn nothing, as we do too, in this so-called reality of ours. Magnificent and generous, fruit of an astonishing intelligence and passion for whatever it means to be human and among humans.
Ruth
Sep 23, 2012 Ruth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Megan Baxter
May 19, 2014 Megan Baxter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first Coetzee, and for the first sixty pages, it seemed to be an interesting but not arresting book about an older man coping with losing a leg, and his mobility and freedom, and the after effects of such a loss, including falling in love with his nurse. Nothing earthshattering.

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
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Joey
This is my first book of JM Coetzee. I found this book impressive, for he was able to put his themes into a genre with beautiful sentences and vocabulary, intended to spin your mind around, to ponder over the enigmatic scenes, to lead you to the plot until you get sick and tired of it. In other words, it is a matter of more concentration. If I were a writer, I would write such a novel. In fact, this book reminds me of one of my favorite novelists, E. L. Doctorow. It may be the reason why he has ...more
Ian Mapp
Aug 15, 2012 Ian Mapp rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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John Maxwell Coetzee is an author and academic from South Africa. He is now an Australian citizen and lives in South Australia.
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.
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