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Slow Man by J.M. Coetzee
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Aug 16, 09

Read in August, 2009

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 could never figure out if she was really writing Paul Rayment or if she was merely nosey and knew everything about everyone. Paul and Elizabeth have these long, philosophical conversations about love and beauty, but they feel more like tirades or bouts of mental masturbation than actual human dialogue most of the time. To give Coetzee credit, I was compelled to finish the novel, even though I was discouraged at times.
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