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Boyhood by J.M. Coetzee
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Jan 30, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: general-lit

This book veers between fascinating & terrifying. Fascinating because the voice of the young boy in question(possibly an autobiography of the author) is so strong, so vivid, and so evocative, that it may very well be the most realistic presentation of a young boy in all modern fiction. However, it’s also terrifying in the depiction of the boy’s hates, loathings, secrets, and opinions, especially towards his mother. Coetzee gives us a character with the perceptiveness of an adult, trapped in the body of a 9 year old. Can children truly be as cold as this protagonist? Or is it the author himself who was such a complicated, dark young soul? At times, it scarcely bears thinking about…but it was a novel I just couldn’t put down.
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