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Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee
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May 23, 11

really liked it
Read from May 20 to 23, 2011

The story gets directly to the point. Coetzee is quick to take us from point A to point B with as little embelishment as possible. The short and compulsively readable "Disgrace" revolves around a professor who has fallen from his status at a South African university, then the tables are turned and he finds himself falling even further down the chute, becoming the victim of sudden violence. Misogeny is thence explored, as is morbidity. It's "The Human Stain" meets "Saturday." (The former is a classic, but the latter a piece of s***--- and this one quite good.) It has a character perhaps as modern as Ian McEwan's, (more humane, more of a randy old gentleman) but the antihero this time around does learn his lesson: Don't mess with the countryfolk, cityboy!

The symbolism is dark; the pace, exciting. A modern-day clash (in a particularly distant region) of societies, genders and races. Very few books succeed in packing such a wallop in as few pages (220) as this one.

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