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Life and Times of Michael K

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2006

    A solid five stars . . . and more

    LIFE AND TIMES reminded me in many ways of two other books I¿ve recently come across: Hosseni¿s KITE RUNNER and another book called THE BARK OF THE DOGWOOD, both of which are great and riveting. But this neat little book about a slow-witted man in civil-war torn South Africa will really make you think. Michael K is part Huck Finn, part Rodya from 'Crime and Punishment', part Gollum, and part Robinson Crusoe (and possibly, Josepf K from Kafka's 'The Trial'). He takes on a characteristic of each of those characters during his adventure to get his mother back to the land of her youth. He has an uncomfortable relationship with food, and his struggle to feed himself is very odd indeed. After reading this book, I felt that I should build a cabin for myself far away from everyone else and create my own environment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2005

    An insightful story

    Written at a time that Apartheid was still very strong, Coetzee gave a philosophical to life in that environment, which in this case is a surreal post-civil war South Africa with all the horrors that come with the aftermath of a civil war, especially an African civil war. However, Michael K. makes the effort to shield himself from the harshness of his environment by taking on a life of existential survival. In fact the lesson from this book applies to all environments or situations where society makes it difficult for a private person to live a personal life that is independent of the forces of the environment.

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