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  • Posted October 6, 2011

    Coetzee at his usual best - highly recommended

    Coetzee's work is always impressive. This book puts one through gut wrenching emotions as Coetzee forces one into impossible conflict in the changing world of South Africa, yet with poignant, supportive, unexpected relationships.

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  • Posted May 22, 2009

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    Marvelous, Unexpected Genius

    I read this recently as a required book for a college freshman course. Given the topic, I hadn't expected to enjoy it so thoroughly, but with each passing page I found myself more engrossed. The style is unique and uncanny and perfectly satisfying. At times I wanted to slap the main character, and then I realized how well-written she was. Beyond just a good read, however, this story pushes the reader to examine deeper themes, such as termincal illness and the inevitability of death, individual truth and reality in life, and the effect of theory versus the effect of action. There is so much to be found between the covers of this phenomenal book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2001

    J.M. Coetzee, Age of Iron

    Im am a ninth grade student and Redmond High School and I read Age Of Iron by J.M. Coetzee for a five themes of geography application project and all though this book may have ben written at my reading level the book didnt keep my attention and make me finish one oage so I could comtinue to the next. For an age category beyond mine it may have appealed to that reading audience but it simply wasnt something I wanted to know about enough to thoroughly enjoy the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2001

    Heart rending, astonishing, and with a pure sense of perfect reality

    I disdain to criticize the previous reviewer, but this novel is among the most perfectly written in modern times. Coetzee's grasp of existential truth is unparalleled in modern literature. His depictions of the South African turmoil mirror perfectly the wringings of the soul. This is a work of pure dispair, infinite castigation and indictment, and the tender, but relentless, exposure of the heart. It was said in an orginal review of this book (NY Times?) that 'Coetzee tells truths that cut to the bone.' I recommend that anyone read this book, but God help you if you do. God help us all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2000

    A boreing book?

    I have recently read this book for an application for honors 9 grography at Redmond High School in Oregon. This book is basicly a book written by an elderly women of her last days alive. The book helped my project by showing the movement of ideas which is a theme for geography. I felt that the Authors style of writting was vulgure and not really to the point. in this book however I learned that South Africa was a country in turmoil and needs alot of help. The Authors presentation of the subject was frankly not impressive. i feakt that this book was written at my grade level but it was just boreing. I would only recomend this book to a person who is not easily bored.

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    Posted October 7, 2008

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