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Peter Sprunger (petes) | 6 comments I'm trying to figure out which Coetzee book I read but none of them stand out from the rest. Any recommendations?


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Peter wrote: "I'm trying to figure out which Coetzee book I read but none of them stand out from the rest. Any recommendations?"

The Life and Times of Michael K is the one I would start with.


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Cl. | 44 comments I read In the Heart of the Country
first, and found it quite difficult. It focuses on the mind of the daughter which is quite disturbed. I found it hard to tell sometimes, between what she had fantasized and what had actually happened.

I would say the book gives a sense of the dusty isolation of the veld; and certainly, the race/class structure.

The second Coetzee book I read was about his childhood. Boyhood: Scenes from Provincial Life
I found this an easier, more interesting read.

I became aware that in addition to the black/white discrimination in South Africa, there is also a British/Boer discrimination--with British being "better".

And Coetzee, with a parent from each of the white "camps" as it were, was truly a person pulled in many directions, with awareness of all the subtle and less subtle degrees of discrimination.


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