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Foe: A Novel

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  • Posted April 10, 2011

    A Good Read

    "A woman alone must travel like a hare, one ear forever cocked for the hounds." An ideal start to a journey into Nobel Literature Laureate J.M. Coetzee's novel Foe as the author compares the perils of his solely travelling protagonist Susan Barton to the ease of a man journeying alone and being able "to enjoy hearty meals at roadside inns and diverting encounters with strangers from all walks of life". For indeed protagonist and narrator Susan Barton does set out alone in search of her abducted daughter in this story based on Daniel Defoe's (ca. 1659-1661 - 1731) novel Robinson Crusoe. Susan follows her daughter to Brazil, only to have her trail go cold in Bahia. She later sets sail for Lisbon and becomes the ship captain's lover. During the voyage, the sailors mutiny, kill the captain and set Susan adrift. She lands on an island, is found by Friday and taken to Cruso, his master. After a year, they are all rescued, but Cruso dies on the voyage back to England. Susan then struggles with a mute Friday at her side as she tries to persuade author Foe to turn her life on the island into a popular adventure novel. In Foe, Coetzee has managed to identify "which episodes of history hold promise of fullness, and tease from them their hidden meanings, braiding these together as one braids a rope", which is in keeping with the difficult task of a storyteller. While Foe has been criticized as lacking "the fierceness and moral resonance of his other books such as ''Waiting for the Barbarians'', it nevertheless demonstrates the skill, imagination and intelligence of this legendary author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2006

    The Swan Drama, by Leah C. Hopkins

    The Swan Drama was created to be used while listening to the music of Peter Tchaikovsky¿s Swan Lake. However, the imaginative story line and pictures are also satisfying to children without the music. The story begins in the peaceful and tranquil surroundings of the swans playfully swimming in a warm and safe environment. As the music progresses with darker sounding chords, a conflict is revealed by the appearance of another bird. The bird appears and the swans become startled, the invading bird leaves and the swans regain their composure and continue to play. The invading bird again returns with a few other birds to battle the swans. The swans are beaten and discouraged, yet soon regain their strength and composure, and resume play. The story line is sequenced to the music of Swan Lake. This book promotes movement improvisation, listening, music appreciation, and imagination through the story line. In the classroom, the story is depicted with children using creative movement and scarves to represent the roles of the swans and the invading birds. By integrating music to the story and also using creative movement, children always have a resounding and delightful experience. The key to the success of the Swan Drama has been imagination. It is a book that children absolutely love! This book has been shared with children over and over and the response is: ¿can we do it again¿? The book is illustrated and centers on sound themes that offer ¿joy¿ as an objective goal to accomplish beyond the conflict.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2005

    a bit tedious

    Coetzee made some interesting comments about narrative voices and how different perpectives influence the telling of a story, but the text is, overall, rather boring. It is short and easy to read, but I wouldn't recommend it.

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