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Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee
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Feb 15, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction, relationships, masculinity, femininity, outsiders, identity

With rawboned, fast-moving prose, Coetzee tells the story of an intelligent but unreflective man who unwittingly but befittingly lends a hand to dismantling his life, facilitated by his confusion between female archetypes and real women. The novel is an unidealistic exploration of empathy (or lack thereof)--the kind in which there are no heroes, only individuals caught in the web of life in modern South Africa, sometimes behaving as more than animals, sometimes not.

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