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Diary of a Bad Year

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Diary of a Bad Year
Hardcover, 231 pages
Published December 27th 2007 by Viking Penguin, Inc. (first published 2007)
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Sawsan
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
تركيبة الرواية أو البنية السردية غريبة ومختلفة جدا
الكتاب مقسم لثلاثة أجزاء أفقيا وكلهم مرتبطين بشخصية الراوي
وهو كاتب مشهور تعدى السبعين وفيه الكثير من التشابه مع جى ام كوتزي
أول جزء هو مجموعة مقالات ويوميات في موضوعات مختلفة
اخترت البدء بقراءة آخر جزئين وممكن اعتبارهم رواية صغيرة
يحكي الراوي فيها عن حياته في فترة كتابة المقالات وعلاقته بجارته الجميلة
ثم تبدأ هي أيضا في الحكي عن حياتها ونظرتها للكاتب الكبير واختلافها مع أفكاره
موضوعات المقالات ما بين سياسية وعامة, وذكريات ويوميات خاصة
آراء الكاتب قو
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Fabian
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
J. M. Coetzee may just be the only living contemporary writer that gets better and better with age. (An anomaly if there ever was one...). Against the very paradigms that cemented him as a worthy premiere multi-award recipient celebrity writer in the first place, Coetzee is an astonishing artist. Validation of the writer seems to be Coetzee's most recent and compelling theme. With "Elizabeth Costello" (his magnum opus in my view) we reached the heavens (!!). In "Summertime" we delved into the in ...more
Greg
Jun 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
The novel is written in three continuous strands. First, a series of short essays. What some people call Occasional Pieces. Second, the story of the writer and the lady. Or what could be called the general plot of the book. And third the perspective of the lady, her observations and narration of the events of strand two and sometimes opinions of strand one, of which she has been hired to type up for the aging author.

Almost every page is split into three sections. Each section corresponding to a
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Jean-Paul Werner Walshaw-Sauter

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(Second Version of Triptych 1944, 1988 Francis Bacon)


Reason, observation, and experience; the holy trinity of science.

Robert Green Ingersoll


The first question one asks oneself, when starting to read Diary of a Bad Year is: is this really fiction? One thing is for sure, its structure is highly innovative.

There are two sections: Strong Opinions and The Second Diary which are divided into three continuous streams on each page:

Stream 1: A series of mini essays.
Stream 2: The narrator's voice, Señor
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Madeline
Apr 10, 2014 rated it liked it
I read this on the recommendation of a friend, who said that she didn't know anyone else who had read the book and wanted to have someone to talk about it with. I had never heard of it, although JM Coetzee does have several books on The List (not this one, unfortunately, but now I at least want to seek out some more of his work). I also realized, looking over my Goodreads shelves, that this is the first book I've read in 2014 that was written by a man. So take that, patriarchy!

The format of Dia
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Fatma
Mar 24, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: school, own, aussie
never again
brian
Sep 14, 2007 rated it it was ok
coetzee, one of the great living writers, has lost his faith in narrative... in the power of fictional characters and situations to illuminate some kind of truth as it pertains to real life. Elizabeth Costello was fascinating if only to watch coetzee wrestle with his objections to conventional narrative. Slow Man, on the other hand, was just horrible. his first horrible novel. and Diary of a Bad Year is somewhere in between. its worst crime, perhaps, is a blandness and breeziness just not accept ...more
أحمد نفادي
ما جذبني لهذه الرواية هو عنوانها ، اشتريتها أثناء التسجيل في الجيش ودائما ما كان يراودني عنوانها في أثنائه ، إلى أن قررت قرائتها في آخر أيامي فيه.

طريقة العرض كانت غريبة في حد ذاتها بل وكانت مرهقة جدا فالصفحة مقسمة لثلاثة أجزاء كلا منهم منفل عن الآخر ولكنهم متوالون مع بعضهم البعض ، فكان لزاما عليك لكي تستوعب جزئية ما أن تقرأ كامل الجزء على مدار عدد محدد من الصفحات ، ثم تعود لتقرأ جزءا آخر .

الجزء الأول عبارة عن عن مقالات لبطل الرواية وهو مؤلف ، المقالات منفصلة عن بعضها وليست جيدة في المجمل لكنها ت
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Audrey
Dec 29, 2008 rated it really liked it
I was slightly dismayed to find that this is one of those books which manipulates the reader with strange page arrangements and multiple points of view, but I was soon drawn into the story. In fact, it is suspenseful, thought-provoking, and quite interesting. Maybe it is a story about relationships; between men and women, between youth and age, between ideas and emotions, between prose and essay, between reader and author. Well, I'm not the first person to say that Coetzee is a great original wr ...more
Marc
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Stop
Jan 23, 2009 added it
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Read the STOP SMILING review of Diary of a Bad Year:

J. M. Coetzee is a bit of a recluse — he persistently denies interviews and was not present at either of the Booker Prize award ceremonies held in his honor. For a man whose written word is so eloquent, he is famously tight-lipped in person. “A colleague who has worked with him for more than a decade claims to have seen him laugh just once,” said fellow South African Rian Malan in a New Statesmen article. “An acquaintance has attended several d
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Atram_sinprisa
Sep 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


Probablemente, el libro más original que nunca haya leído. El planteamiento de tres relatos simultáneos no siempre es fácil, pero el conjunto es una delicia.
Serbay GÜL
Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Coetzee'ye olan hayranlığım giderek büyümekte. Okuduğum en ilginç yapıdaki kitaplardandı. Çok farklı bir teknikle aynı anda aslında üç ayrı hikaye okumuş oluyorsunuz. Her sayfası 3 çizgiyle birbirinden ayrılmış durumda ve ister bu 3 çizgiyi ayrı ayrı okuyabilir ,isterseniz aynı anda ilerleyebilirsiniz. Yine de sayfaların ikinci ve üçüncü bölümleri diyebileceğim kısımları birlikte okumakta fayda var.

Baş kahramanımız olan yazardan 'Çarpıcı Fikirler' adlı kitap için yazı yazmasını isterler. Altı f
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Bookmarks Magazine

J. M. Coetzee, who won the Nobel Prize for literature in 2003 and is one of only two writers to win the Booker Prize twice, is clearly not content to rest on his laurels. In fact, most critics consider Diary of a Bad Year to be his most ambitious work yet. While the plot itself isn't particularly innovative, the novel's complex narrative structure masterfully weaves multiple voices and viewpoints into a beautifully textured literary counterpoint. There are plenty of layers here: C's biography is

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Aryn
Well, that was interesting.

This entire book is told in three distinct voices. The first voice is that of an author's book of opinions on the state of the world. It really does make the book feel both fiction and non-fiction. The second voice is that of the author himself, talking about his "life" outside of the book he is writing - his actual Diary. The third voice is that of his secretary/typist, Anya, who is transcribing the book for the author, who she calls Senor C - her actual Diary.

The boo
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Johan Radzi
Jun 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Ini kali pertama juga saya baca Coetzee dan saya menyenangi karya lewat pemenang nobel ini. Diary of a bad year ialah karya yang menggabungkan naratif fiksyen + bukan fiksyen; disusun dengan tiga bahagian pada setiap muka surat: pendapat didaktik Senor C yang dipanggil Strong Opinions, diari Senor C, dan iari Anya si penaip.

Selain daripada betapa didaktiknya, malahan kekadang tak faham pun, jurnal-jurnal Strong Opinions, diari-diari kedua watak ini diolah dengan baik. Malahan kita boleh memahami
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Sofía De la Cuesta
No sé si este ha sido el mejor libro para adentrarse en el universo y la mente de Coetzee, ya que ha sido la primera obra que me he atrevido a leer. Y sí, digo bien, atrever. Hay determinados autores que son tan buenos, que tienen una fama tan reconocida y tan cimentada, que da miedo leerlos. Miedo a no comprender lo que lees, a darte cuenta que eres una tonta que no comprende a los grandes autores, y luego encima decir que no te ha gustado y que todo el mundo te la pide.
Sacha
Apr 17, 2017 rated it liked it
'If the spirit of the university is to survive, something along those lines may have to come into being in countries where tertiary education has been wholly subordinated to business principles. In other words, the real university may have to move into people's homes and grant degrees for which the sole backing will be the names of the scholars who sign the certificates.' p. 36

'Ultimately what a virus wants is to take over the world, that is to say, to take up residence in every warmblooded body
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Ahmad Jaber
عن يوميات عام سيء
رواية: ج.م.كوتسي
كما ذكرت سابقا، يقترح كوتسي علينا مغامرة قراءة جديدة، عبر كتاب قسمت صفحاته أفقيا إلى ثلاثة أقسام، بحيث إنك تستطيع أن تقرأ كل قسم على حدة وكأنه كتاب مستقل، أو تقرأ القسم الثاني والثالث وتهمل الأول إذا لم تكن محبا للقراءات النظرية.
فكرة الكتاب عن كاتب كبير تطلب منه دار نشر مجموعة مقالات لنشرها مع مقالات خمسة آخرين في كتاب عن القضايا التي تؤرقهم.
القسم الأول النظري وهو يمتد في الثلث الأول من كل صفحة يحتوي على المقالات التي كتبها الروائي. القسمين الثاني والثالث عن يومي
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Diana
Dec 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
„Дневник на една лоша година” е многостранен експеримент на Кутси. Жанрово неопределим, опит за автобиография в обем от два дневника, смес от фикция и мемоари. Изпитание за читателите дали и в каква степен ще го разпознаят там, ако разбира се, имат търпение и налучкат своя си правилен начин да прочетат книгата. Защото това е единственото, които евентуално би затруднило някого в асимилирането на литературното му предизвикателство като форма и съдържание.

"Роман ли? О, не. Вече нямам тази издръжли
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Mitchell
J.M. Coetzee was born in South Africa and migrated to Australia in 2002. One of the blurb reviews on this copy is from The Age, and refers to Coetzee as a master “we scarcely deserve.” I have no doubt that “we” refers to “we Australians.” I’m also seeing him speak at the Wheeler Centre next Monday, and their description of the event takes care to mention in the opening paragraph that “we’re lucky to have him living right here in Australia” (exclamation mark implied). I suppose the cultural cring ...more
Carl R.
May 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I believe I previously in these pages called Nobel winner J.M. Coetzee the finest craftsman writing in English today, and Diary of a Bad Year forces me to agree with myself. The book’s structure--and I’m talking physical as well as literary structure here--gives credibility enough in itself. Three parallel voices appear on each page. On the top, the reader finds objective essays on matters political, philosophical, psychological ranging from Guantanamo Bay to music to motherhood. These are by a ...more
Anna
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was wondering if this was a one star book or a two star book. Decided on two, as you can see, but in reality I'd say it is more like 1.5 stars.

I've read a few of Coetzee's books before, too. And I've liked them. So I bought this on sale, and now, after reading it, I understand why it was on sale in the first place. Maybe about half of it is about an old man writing about an old man writing about politics and humanity and the world in general. And maybe because I'm too young or whatever, I jus
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Sergi Montes
Se me ha hecho muy pesada. Es una novela, o eso se supone, pero cuando lo más interesante son los ensayos, es que algo falla, en mi opinión. Debería haber una especie de equilibrio entre ambas partes. No sé, a ratos leía por el mero hecho de acabarla, con cierto hastío. No he leído nada más de Coetzee, pero creo que si le interesa el ensayo de este tipo (breves, ya que son muchos pero no muy extensos) podría haberse dedicado a ello de otra forma, y no establecer este híbrido extraño.
Roger DeBlanck
Jan 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
This work of “fiction” from the great J.M. Coetzee has little to offer admirers of his previous work. Flat, trite, and self-aggrandizing, Diary of a Bad Year feigns to include a story within the ramblings and rants of the main character, Señor C, a seventy-year old recluse writer, who has been asked to submit “strong opinions” to his German publisher for an upcoming book of essays. The pages of Diary of a Bad Year are divided into thirds. The top of each page starts with one of the opinions/essa ...more
Agenor
Jun 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
I have read 2 other books by Coetzee and really liked them both. However this was not very enjoyable at all. Each page is divded into three sections, the first consisting of a serious of articles on the "opinions" by the main character, the second his narration on his interactions with his typist and the last a narration from the point of view of the typist. This unconventional style of narration is not good or bad in itself. However the articles slowly descend into ramblings of an old crankpot. ...more
Sheryl
Oct 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Eric
Jun 04, 2009 rated it liked it
This novel (dare I call it a novel?!) grew on me rather steadily, and I'd probably add another half-star to the rating if I could. The tripartite structure of most of the book's pages seems mostly gimmicky at first, but I did eventually find the changing nature of the text's invitations and rhythms to be interesting (sometimes I'd read each of the three sections on a single page, then move to the next page and do the same, while other times I'd read the first section of two successive pages and ...more
Jason
Jul 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
The form and style of this novel have already been described and explored in various reviews, so I won't venture there and make my thoughts redundant. What most excited me about "Diary of a Bad Year" was that space was given to musings, which are so often dismissed as low-brow or irrelevant . The blog is the sphere for musings, and blogs are so prevalent and ubiquitous as to render them uninteresting. What was also fascinating for me was that the central character's short essays (musings) were c ...more
Jenneffer
Jun 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
I was first introduced to Coetzee via his novel Disgrace. I acquired it during boot camp-style training in south africa. Maybe it should have put me off, but instead served to pique my curiosity even more about this strange and wonderful place.

I love that, after living here for almost a year and picking us this novel from my local public library, that i understand his point of view, i can visualize ever more clearly what makes Coetzee tick. There were passages, especially toward the end, where i
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In what order did you read this book? 3 19 Jan 11, 2013 02:06AM  
  • Wake in Fright
  • A Fringe of Leaves
  • Dictation: A Quartet
  • La madre
  • Dark Palace
  • The Smell of Apples
  • The Pickup
  • My Revolutions
  • Algerian White
  • Bring Larks And Heroes
  • The Short and Excruciatingly Embarrassing Reign of Captain Abbott
  • Dogma
  • The Children
  • Un minuto antes de la oscuridad
  • The Prospector
  • Sepharad
  • A Tree Within
  • The Impostor
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John Maxwell Coetzee is an author and academic from South Africa. He is now an Australian citizen and lives in South Australia.
A novelist and literary critic as well as a translator, Coetzee has won the Booker Prize twice and was awarded the 2003 Nobel Prize in Literature.
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“The masters of information have forgotten about poetry, where words may have a meaning quite different from what the lexicon says, where the metaphoric spark is always one jump ahead of the decoding function, where another, unforeseen reading is always possible.” 10 likes
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