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الرجل البطيء

3.4 of 5 stars 3.40  ·  rating details  ·  5,066 ratings  ·  442 reviews
"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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J.M. Coetzee looks at the unequal personal and professional relationship between an Australian man and a Croatian immigrant. This postcolonial working-through highlights the task of the majority of nations today, and though the struggle is elegantly presented, no solution is offered.

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
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
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 1 of 5 stars  ·  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
"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
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
محمود حسني

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
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
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
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
Oct 25, 2009 Jon rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
K.D. Absolutely
Feb 08, 2010 K.D. Absolutely rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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
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
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
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

Megan Baxter
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.

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Slow Man is a solid, well written novel. It's about a man, Paul Rayment, who, at the beginning of the story is struck by a car, rushed to the hospital, where, beyond his control, he loses a leg. Trying to recover, he hires several nurses who do not work out for him. Then enters a Croatian nurse named Marijana Jokic. She is married with three kids, but Paul falls in love with her. It is an unrequited love and almost breaks up her family. Paul befriends her son Drago, a rebellious teen who hangs o ...more
Natacha Martins
Gosto de Coetzee, gosto da forma como conta uma história e de como constrói as personagens.
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
Pete Danko
I love this account of Coetzee by the writer Rian Malan: "Coetzee is a man of almost monkish self-discipline and dedication. He does not drink, smoke or eat meat. He cycles vast distances to keep fit and spends at least an hour at his writing-desk each morning, seven days a week. A colleague who has worked with him for more than a decade claims to have seen him laugh just once. An acquaintance has attended several dinner parties where Coetzee has uttered not a single word."

Of course Coetzee's wo
Abeer Hoque
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
Another excellent book about an aging man from Coetzee. His clear, understated prose brings you close to Paul Rayment but not as close as to lose both irony and sympathy toward him even in his irritating moments. And Paul Rayment is a difficult man to like. He wants to take life as it comes, and therefore refuses a prothesis for the leg he lost in a bike accident. He loathes his helplessness, his age and his body, especially "it:" what's left of the leg, but this is who he is, and he won't make ...more
I think Coetzee is a brilliant writer so this book came as a bit of a shock for me. It begins well enough--an ageing bachelor loses his leg, and thus his independence and mobility, and must grapple with his life choices and feelings of love. Then Elizabeth Costello is thrown into the narrative out of nowhere and things go downhill. Perhaps if I had read Coetzee's novel "Elizabeth Costello," I would have adored seeing her again. But lacking that, her sudden appearance in the book puzzled me. I co ...more
Ed Vansciver
This was not a fun read. The main character, Paul Rayment, is mostly bitter, crusty and self-centered, though he thinks he is ready to pour his heart out to the right woman (his nurse). The nurse is a typically stolid, pragmatic Eastern European. The only interesting character is another woman who inserts herself into Paul's life, claiming he came to her, whatever the hell that means. He alternates thinking she is one stripe of shaman/opportunist or another and so did I. Frankly, she's a pain i ...more
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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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