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Set in Civil War torn South Africa, Michael K is the story of a man, albeit a man confined to the dust heap of society, on a journey. (Think “The Road” only set in South Africa in the 1980s with a harelipped former gardener protagonist, no less noble, but one whose “mind is not quick.”) His mother is dying and wants to go to the country for her last days. She does not make it and Michael K is caught in the web of all that is going on around him. He nearly starves, he is placed in a work camp, he ...more