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Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee
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Feb 15, 10

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Read from February 11 to 12, 2010

Finally got around to reading a book by this author who was recommended highly (not to mention the Nobel prize...). Hmm. I guess I just have a problem when it comes to reading about people I don't particularly like. Although it doesn't end up being an issue, I wanted to hang him by his toes when he refused to read the complaint filed, and I generally found him so imperious as to be unbearable. Ironically, this too was tucked into my suitcase for my trip to a women's conference where we discussed girls and sexuality - so the theme was right on target. Not wanting to make this a spoiler, it was nonetheless a textbook case of passive resistance - is it rape if the victim never really says no? Or not assertively? Thought-provoking anyway.
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LindyLouMac I read this about four years ago and recall finding it rather a disturbing read.


Hayes **semi spoiler**

I didn't like this one at all, mostly because it was making a big deal of things that, I feel, are very old. I was agonizing about all the themes in this book when I was at university 30 years ago. Better late than never, I guess, but the whole thing about the daughter being lesbian (well maybe, because that was never really said either) just doesn't seem like it should be such a big deal in the year 2000.


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