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Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee
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Oct 05, 07

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Read in September, 2005

This is one of those books (along with Harry Mulisch's Last Call) that explores the indignities of aging, the withering male body, and the search for a meaning when you suddenly find yourself no longer necessary to the world.

That's a pretty heavy load, and it's pretty sobering to read about all this shit before you've even hit thirty. This isn't a particularly fun book, (damn, just thinking about it again now I'm recalling all these scenes that just make you cringe, wondering how much farther the main character can sink...) but I guess these things are necessary, in the way that the best fiction is necessary to wake you up to certain realities.
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