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message 1: by RandomAnthony (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments Ok, today's J.M. Coetzee's birthday. He seems to have generated a lot of conversation on GR. Have you read him? What do you think?

I read Waiting for the Barbarians and liked it pretty much.


message 2: by janine (new)

janine | 7715 comments i have read most of coetzee's books and have been a fan since i was 16. yay!

message 3: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 13815 comments I still haven't read him, but Janine sent me one of his books and I will read it soon and then weigh in.

message 4: by Jim (new)

Jim | 6485 comments Waiting for the Barbarians was a decent book, I have read nothing else from him though.

message 5: by Jonathan (new)

Jonathan Lopez | 4728 comments I like him but haven't read anywhere near enough, just a few of his short stories that have appeared in the New Yorker and the novel Foe, which is a fictional account of the genesis of Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe.

message 6: by Aynge (last edited Feb 09, 2011 02:19PM) (new)

Aynge (ayngemac) | 1202 comments Once I met Dennis Lehane at a book signing, and he recommended Disgrace for me. So I read it.

Two thumbs down. An irritating downer. I couldn't even feel pity for the repulsive main character. He didn't possess a single redeeming quality. I really wanted to like this book because Dennis Lehane is one of my favorite writers, but there was nothing to admire. I wanted to set it on fire. What a waste of money and time. He got the title right, though.

message 7: by Lobstergirl, el principe (new)

Lobstergirl | 24149 comments Mod
I haven't read any of him. How do we pronounce him?

message 8: by Aynge (new)

Aynge (ayngemac) | 1202 comments COT-zee

message 9: by Sarah (last edited Feb 10, 2011 07:48AM) (new)

Sarah | 13815 comments In South Africa they pronounce that last name Coat-seeah. The end is not a whole syllable, just a little uptick. It almost sounds like an 'er' in Zu's accent. I'm not good at breaking things down phonetically.

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