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Waiting for the Barbarians by J.M. Coetzee
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Jul 27, 2007

it was amazing

This book is so intense that it actually turned me off reading for a while. I was reading it and some of it's many torture and imprisonment scenes while at my old shitty job and I just couldn't deal with it. I had to go back to Cathy comics and the crossword. This is actually praise. JM deserves his Nobel.
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Eileen Olynciw I agree with this reaction to the book. There were times when the horror of the blind injustices and torture of the prisoners infuriated me (reminding me what I know about what the US is doing today in its "war against terrorists" caused me to put the book aside for a few days before I could continue.

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