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Diary of a Bad Year by J.M. Coetzee
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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 dinner parties where Coetzee has uttered not a single word.” But one of the powerful suggestions made by Coetzee’s crafty new novel, Diary of a Bad Year, is a fundamental distinction between words that last and words that fade — literature falling in the former camp and timely opinions into the latter. Diary reveals a mind concerned with writerly comportment, sketching an ideal model of the author not as society’s bellwether or prophet, but rather as an artist with designs on the eternal.

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January 11, 2008 – Finished Reading
January 23, 2009 – Shelved
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