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Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee
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Jul 11, 2010

it was ok

I hated this book until the end. Unfortunately, I can't really explain why. Mostly it was because reading it felt like being in a bad Lit class in college. Coetzee just reiterates all of his points until he kills them. Something will take place and he keeps going back and explaining it, taking away any sense of autonomy in the reader. I'd be like, "You didn't have to tell me that, I put that together myself." There are a lot of assumptions to be made along the way, but after you make a connection in your head, he beats it to death for pages. I'm also completely unfamiliar with South African Lit, so perhaps it kind of reflects the culture itself or the traditional way of story-telling there. I'd be interested to hear what others thought of it. There are so many people I knew in college who thought it was brilliant, so I went into it with high expectations. What a let-down.

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message 1: by Lauren (new)

Lauren i read this- also not a big fan. not really sure why... maybe what you said is right, i guess as i was reading there was no sense of it feeling active. it just felt flat.

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