Slow Man

Slow Man

by J. M. Coetzee

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J.M. Coetzee's latest novel, The Schooldays of Jesus, is now available from Viking. Late Essays: 2006-2016 will be available January 2018. 

J. M. Coetzee, one of the greatest living writers in the English language, has crafted a deeply moving tale of love and mortality in his new book, Slow Man. When photographer Paul Rayment loses his leg in a bicycle accident, he is forced to reexamine how he has lived his life. Through Paul's story, Coetzee addresses questions that define us all: What does it mean to do good? What in our lives is ultimately meaningful? How do we define the place we call "home"? In his clear and uncompromising voice, Coetzee struggles with these issues and offers a story that will dazzle the reader on every page.

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ISBN-13: 9780143037897
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/26/2006
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 604,165
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.55(d)
Age Range: 18 - 17 Years

About the Author

Born in Cape Town, South Africa, on February 9, 1940, John Michael Coetzee studied first at Cape Town and later at the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned a Ph.D. degree in literature. In 1972 he returned to South Africa and joined the faculty of the University of Cape Town. His works of fiction include Dusklands, Waiting for the Barbarians, which won South Africa’s highest literary honor, the Central News Agency Literary Award, and the Life and Times of Michael K., for which Coetzee was awarded his first Booker Prize in 1983. He has also published a memoir, Boyhood: Scenes From a Provincial Life, and several essays collections. He has won many other literary prizes including the Lannan Award for Fiction, the Jerusalem Prize and The Irish Times International Fiction Prize. In 1999 he again won Britain’s prestigious Booker Prize for Disgrace, becoming the first author to win the award twice in its 31-year history. In 2003, Coetzee was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Hometown:

Adelaide, Australia

Date of Birth:

February 9, 1940

Place of Birth:

Cape Town, South Africa

Education:

B.A., University of Cape Town, 1960; M.A., 1963; Ph.D. in Literature, University of Texas, Austin, 1969

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What People are Saying About This

Coetzee sees through the obscene poses and false pomp of history, lending voice to the silenced and the despised. Restrained but stubborn, he defends the ethical value of poetry, literature and imagination. Without them, we blinker ourselves and become bureaucrats of the soul.
—Per Wästberg, in the Presentation Speech for the 2003 Nobel Prize in Literature

From the Publisher

[Coetzee] has found a new access of warmth and humor, and displays a vivifying fondness for his characters. (John Banville, The New Republic)

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INTRODUCTION
Slow Man begins, abruptly, with a devastating blow. While bicycling on McGill Road, sixty-year-old Paul Rayment is hit by a car, thrown through the air and badly injured. When he awakens in a hospital, he is told that his right leg must be amputated.

The shock of this sudden loss casts his previous life into sharp and painful relief. Without children, having accomplished nothing important, Paul feels he has led a meaningless life: "If in the course of his life he has done no significant harm, he had done no good either. . . . He will leave no trace behind, not even an heir to carry on his name." He has occupied himself merely with "looking after his interests, quietly prospering, attracting no attention" (p. 19). Now he must decide how he is going to respond to his predicament in the time that remains to him.

Coetzee is no sentimentalist and readers hoping for a heartwarming story of misfortune overcome and misery transmuted into joy will find something far more complex in Slow Man. Stubborn and embittered, Paul Rayment refuses a prosthetic leg and sinks into a deep despondency. But when the home nurse Marijana Jokic arrives, Paul falls precipitously, and foolishly, in love. Marijana's tenderness and matter-of-fact acceptance of Paul's condition comes as a healing balm both to his injury and to his loneliness. In a moment of passion, Paul blurts out his love for the married Marijana and sets in motion a chain of events that he can neither predict nor control. Lacking a family of his own, Paul wishes to extend a protective hand over the Jokics, but when he offers to pay for their son's tuition at an expensive boarding school, Mr. Jokic suspects an affair, the family is bitterly divided, and as a result of his "good" intentions, Paul finds himself without a nurse.

Even more disquieting for Paul is the arrival of novelist Elizabeth Costello, the eponymous heroine of Coetzee's previous work of fiction. Elizabeth shows up unannounced on Paul's doorstep, possessed of an authorial omniscience about Paul's life and thoughts. She insists that Paul came to her, though she never makes clear how this is supposed to have happened, and Paul wants nothing more than to get her out of his life. Is Elizabeth merely using Paul as a subject for a story, as Paul suspects, or does she have some higher, more mysterious purpose? Coetzee never lets us know, exactly, how we are to interpret Elizabeth's presence. In one of their many arguments, Elizabeth tells Paul: "This is your story, not mine. The moment you decide to take charge, I will fade away" (p. 100). Whether or not Paul will ever "take charge" is one of the many questions that drives the novel to its surprising conclusion.

In prose that is both hard-edged and richly suggestive, Coetzee explores with consummate skill the promptings of morality and the tensions we all feel between will and surrender, passion and reflection, youth and age.

 


ABOUT J.M. COETZEE

J. M. Coetzee has won many literary awards, including three CNA prizes (South Africa's premier literary award), two Booker prizes, the Prix Etranger Femina, the Jerusalem Prize, the Irish Times International Fiction Prize, and the Commonwealth Writers Prize. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2003. He is the author of ten works of fiction, including Waiting for the Barbarians, Age of Iron, Disgrace, andElizabeth Costello. He lives in Australia.

 


DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
  • In what ways is Paul—a sixty-year-old amputee with no wife and no children—an unlikely protagonist for a novel? How does J. M. Coetzee make of his life such a compelling story?
     
  • The narrator says of Paul: "A golden opportunity was presented to him to set an example of how one accepts with good cheer one of the bitterer blows of fate, and he has spurned it" (p. 15). A rehabilitation therapist later tells him, "Accept: that is all you need to do. Then all the doors that you think are closed will open" (p. 59). Why is Paul unable to accept his fate? What consequences follow from that refusal?
     
  • When Paul awakens in the hospital, the narrator tells us: "Frivolous is not a bad word to sum him up, as he was before the event and may still be." Paul's life has been "a wasted chance" (p. 19). "What could be more selfish, more miserly . . . than dying childless, terminating the line, subtracting oneself from the great work of generation" (p. 20)? How does Paul respond to this self-assessment? How does it motivate his actions in the novel? How does he try to give meaning to his life?
     
  • How would you explain the appearance of Elizabeth Costello in Paul Rayment's life? She tells him, again and again, that Paul "came" to her. ("You came to me, that is all I can say. You occurred to me—a man with a bad leg and no future and an unsuitable passion" p. 85.) How are we to understand this statement? How would you account for Elizabeth's apparent omniscience?
     
  • When Elizabeth first arrives in Paul's flat, she recites a passage: "The blow catches him from the right, sharp and surprising and painful, like a bolt of electricity, lifting him up off the bicycle," which is exactly how Slow Man begins. How would you explain this? Is she writing, or has she already written, the story of Paul's life as it appears in Slow Man?
     
  • What is the significance of Paul's having been a photographer and of his attachment to his archival collection?
     
  • Why does Paul fall in love with Marijana? What consequences follow from the moment when he blurts out his love for her? Should he have kept such feelings to himself? How is Paul perceived by the rest of the Jokic family?
     
  • Elizabeth tells Paul, "I say it again: this is your story, not mine. The moment you decide to take charge, I will fade away" (p. 100). What would it mean for Paul to "take charge"? Why would doing so make Elizabeth "fade away"?
     
  • "Become major," Elizabeth tells Paul. "Live like a hero. That is what the classics teach us. Be a main character. Otherwise what is life for?" (p. 229). Does Paul follow this advice? He is the main character in Slow Man, after all, but does he live like a hero?
     
  • Is Paul's attempt to "extend a protective hand" over the Jokic family misguided? Generous? Selfish? How honest is Paul about the motives for his protectiveness?
     
  • Do you think Paul makes the right decision at the end of the novel in declining Elizabeth's offer to go live with her? What do you imagine the rest of Paul's life will be like?
     
  • Paul tells Elizabeth: "With a little ingenuity, it seems to me, Mrs. Costello, one can torture a lesson out of the most haphazard sequence of events. Are you trying to tell me that God had some plan in mind when he struck me down on McGill Road and turned me into a hobbler" (p. 198)? Is there a lesson for Paul to learn from what has happened to him? What might that lesson be? Or is he right in suggesting that we "torture" such lessons out of random events and perhaps out of novels as well?

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presto on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The slow man of Coetzee's novel is Paul Rayment, who in the opening pages we encounter flying through the air having been knocked off his cycle by a young motorist. The story then follows Paul's recovery from the accident, as a consequence of which his freedom is severely restricted. When he goes home having been released from hospital he is allocated care nurses and it his relationship with one of these nurses, her family, and the mysteriously appearing Elizabeth Costello that form the central theme.Sixty plus year old retired photographer Paul is divorced, and is not a man without needs, the need for love and sexual fulfilment. He falls for one of his nurses, Croatian born Marijana Kokic, a robust and capable woman who comes across, perhaps as much because English is not her first language, as a little abrupt, yet very thorough and caring. Paul also becomes involved with Marijana's entire family, and especially Mariajna's sixteen year old son Drago, handsome, confident, charming and polite.The elderly novelist Elizabeth Costello makes a sudden appearance as if from nowhere and imposes herself upon Paul, and she then becomes a constant feature for the duration, acting it seems as Paul's conscience (for a short while one wonders if she is real or if she exists only in Paul's mind). What is her motive, she appears to be very knowledgeable about Paul and the Kokics, but is her interest purely altruistic? Paul's relationship with Elizabeth wavers from loathing to tolerance, and maybe more.This is a most endearing story; it is easy to see how Paul becomes infatuated with Marijana, who is fazed by none of the very personal and intimate care she has to provide. Paul's relationship with young Drago is touching; he clearly cares very much for the boy and is prepared to demonstrate that in generous practical ways. This is an interesting and unpredictable story, with a gratifying surprise towards the end.
ocgreg34 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Paul Rayment is struck by a car while bicycling, resulting in the loss of his leg. Being in his 60s and stubborn as a mule, he refuses a prosthesis and grudgingly gives in to having a home care professional visit him daily to help with laundry, groceries, cooking, cleaning, bathing, etc. The first few caregivers leave a bad impression, but he decides to try one more. Which is how he meets Marijana.Marijana stops by daily to take care of all the things he can't do for himself. But as she works, he takes notice of her, finds out more about her family, her likes and dislikes, and finds himself quietly falling in love with her. But when he begins to waffle about telling her his feelings, a strange woman named Elizabeth Costello shows up announced on his doorstep. She tells him that she's a writer and that she's arrived to help Paul move things along. The problem is, he has no idea who she is or how she seems to know so much about his life and Marijana's. And try as he might to rid her from his life, she simply won't leave until he makes some kind of decision about his love for Marjiana.Much of J.M. Coetzee's novel deals with growing older and with relationships. Does aging mean we are forced to rely on others to get by, to lose our sense of self? Paul, who was so accustomed to fending for himself, running errands on his own, biking all over Adelaide -- especially for a man of his age -- suddenly has his self-reliance taken away and struggles to deal with others meddling and poking around in his life. And as for love, does he really love Marijana? As Elizabeth points out, he hardly knows anything about her, about her family, where she came from, what kind of life she's lead. How can he base love on such little information?The question that kept nagging at me, though, throughout the book focused on what is real. Elizabeth does seem to know quite a bit about Paul's life, and that of Marijana and her family, even the life of a woman he briefly met in an elevator at the hospital. Because of this and her ability to pop up when he needs to make a decision, Paul questions whether or not he's living his own life or is a character in one of her stories. Reading through, I questioned that myself and after finishing the book, I still can't give a definitive answer.But that adds to the effectiveness of "Slow Man". Elizabeth's aim is to get Paul to make a decision, to take an active role in his life now that he's older and missing a leg, rather than standing by while everyone does everything for him. Whether or not he's a character in one of her books, he still must decide for himself.
PghDragonMan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Slow Man by J M Coetzee is a slow moving story that left me feeling very puzzled. In the end, I could not decide if we, the readers, were eavesdropping on the main character¿s hallucinations or the story had some moral that I was missing. More than anything, the way Slow Man treated reality, the novel reminded me of Peter Carey¿s My Life as a Fake. Stylistically, the comparison is apt as both authors rely on a very smooth writing style to keep you moving along with the story.If you enjoy deep character driven stories, you may be attracted to Slow Man. If you¿re looking for action, forget it. If you just go with the story and accept it a face value, it will come across as a four star read. If you like reality clearly defined, even in the context of a novel, you will be lost and maybe give it two stars.
shejake on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was too slow and introspective for me. My attention wandered constantly. I found it depressing and dull.
edwinbcn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In 2002, J. M. Coetzee moved from South Africa to Australia. In 2003, he worn the Nobel Prize for Literature, obviously on the strength of his oeuvre describing the system of Apartheid in South Africa. It seems to me, that by abandoning South Africa, Coetzee has abandoned his major theme. Almost a decade earlier, Apartheid had been abolished in South Africa, which was followed by the rise of Aids as the most prominent problem, crippling South African society. Apparently, Coetzee's main motive to move was simply his retirement, which left him free to relocate to Aidelaide to join his his partner, there.Whatever his motives, his new, post-2002 work does not appear to live up to the work which formed the basis for his Nobel Prize. Replacing the commitment to South Africa's political struggle for animal activism in Elisabeth Costello seems a weak gesture, and Slow man is a bland, totally uninspiring story, far removed from his earlier triumphs.The story is exceedingly simple, and one wonders why it was spun out to 260+ pages. There is nothing of particular interest, or endearing quality. In fact, much of it is very banal. Very disappointing.
rcorfield on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I don't really know what to make of this book. It's the first book by J.M.Coetzee that I've read and I've heard great things about him (Nobel prize, Booker prizes) but the book didn't turn out quite as I was expecting.The book is superficially about a older man, Paul, who having been hit whilst cycling, has a leg amputated. During his recovery he develops a deep affection for (falls in love with?) his nurse. It's at this point in the book that things take a turn for the weird with the abrupt arrival of Elizabeth Costello, a famed author. However it seems that EC has an unnatural insight into Paul's inner thoughts and experiences and indeed it seems that she's either gathering material on him for a new book, or that Paul may actually be in a book being written by her at this moment. However EC doesn't seem fully in control of the situation, as you might expect if this was the case.I found the arrival of EC disorienting and unsettling. I was as confused about why she was there as Paul was. In fact this part of the book made me irritable, which is not an emotion I'm used to experiencing whilst reading!I thought this was exploring the control that an author has over her characters, but also the control that the characters themselves exercise over the author, but then again I'm not so sure. The tale wraps up some of the loose ends, but certainly not all of them. I'm reliably informed that if I read Coetzee's 'Elizabeth Costello' her appearance in this book might make more sense. We shall see. Overall, this book did keep me reading, and I enjoyed it despite what I've said.
gbill on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
¿Slow Man¿ is what I would call a ¿coming to terms with age¿ story, in other words, the opposite end of the spectrum from a ¿coming of age¿ tale. At its very beginning a 60 year old man on a bicycle is hit by car, an accident which leads to him losing a leg. While this event leads to major life changes for the man, Paul Rayment, the book is not about the effects of amputation per se, it¿s about how time beats us all down, and how Rayment reacts when he falls in love with his Croatian nurse, a married woman who is about twenty years younger. Rayment is a bit of a turtle, ever cautious, and full of regret for not having had a son when he was younger. Growing old is painful both physically, as dramatically emphasized here in the loss of a limb, but also mentally ¿ Rayment struggles to remain relevant, suffers humiliations, and realizes that he has lost his attractiveness to the opposite sex. Time has essentially passed him by, as it will pass all of us by.With the appearance of Elizabeth Costello in Chapter 13, about one third of the way in, the book takes on a bit of mysterious tone. Who is this lady who seems to know so much of the amputee and his nurse, aside from an aging author who is suffering the effects of time herself? Why does she show up in Rayment¿s life saying ¿you came to me¿? Why is she homeless despite her success, and compelled to return to him?I¿ll give my opinion, but discontinue reading if you¿re sensitive to a spoiler or want to form your own judgment first.Put simply, I believe the other characters and the plot in the book are the inventions of author Elizabeth Costello. As Costello has invented Rayment¿s amputation and wonders where to go with it, she also invents the tale of the immigrant Croatian family, the Jokic¿s. She suffers writer¿s block after conceiving the initial concept and cannot stop ¿visiting¿ these characters until they take action and the story is completed.In a larger sense, the entire book could be considered the inner dialogue of Coetzee with himself. Coetzee the author is Costello; Coetzee the aging man is Rayment. The book therefore takes on the tone of a dream within a dream. My initial reaction was one of disappointment for the character of Elizabeth Costello; I thought it was a bit obvious what was happening, and that her character did not add much to the story. I wondered if Coetzee had suffered writer¿s block himself after conceiving the idea of Rayment and his bicycle accident, and then started injecting himself into the story in a character who several times prods Rayment along to take action. However as I reflect further, the idea grows on me. Costello tells Rayment come with me, put aside your fears and enjoy life as best you can in your old age; forget these dreams of going backward, of getting a wife and a family after the fact, it¿s not possible and a fool¿s mission. Reconcile yourself to your age, come to terms with it, be at peace with the choices you¿ve made.What will Rayment do? I leave that to you to find out.Quotes:On aging:¿Fate deals you a hand, and you play the hand you are dealt. You do not whine, you do not complain. That, he used to believe, was his philosophy. Why then can he not resist these plunges into darkness? The answer is that he is running down. Never is he going to be his old self again. Never is he going to have his old resilience. Whatever inside him was given the task of mending the organism after it was so terribly assaulted, first on the road, then in the operating theatre, has grown too tired for the job, too over-burdened. And the same holds for the rest of the team, the heart, the lungs, the muscles, the brain. They did for him what they could as long as they could; now they want to rest.¿On beauty:¿Yet at the same moment memory throws up again the image of Marijana stretching to dust the top shelves, Marijana with her strong, shapely legs. If his love for Marijana is indeed pure, why did it wait to take up residen
petterw on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Will I remember the plot, the details, the characters of this wonderful novel? Only vaguely - but more more likely will I remember the feeling I had when reading it. Coetzee is an extraordinary writer. I rarely want to reread books, but with his novels I might make an exception. Slow man starts out as a straight story about a man who has a mishap, and must as a consequence amputate his legs. He falls in - a sort of - love for his Croatian nurse, but there ends a straight and predictable narrative. From there on Coetzee is taking us for a ride, forcing us to think, not only read. He is pushing the boundaries of what a novel, a story, is. Is it real og is it Memorex? I don't know nor care. Instead I think about our existence, what role we may want to play in our own lives and in other people's lives, what is important and what is immaterial. What more can a novel do for you?
catalogthis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
We meet the main character, Paul Rayment, moments after he has been struck by a car. He soars through the air, planning to tuck and roll and hoping that no one steals his bicycle in the meantime. He wakes up in a hospital. Most of his right leg is gone. They were unable to save the knee.About a third of the way into this novel, the author introduces another character, Elizabeth. Her appearance is so unexpected, and so unlikely, that I started to wonder if I was reading science fiction. No lie. In the end, I suppose I'll settle for calling it magical realism, which is not my favorite genre (or style or whatever), and which definitely doesn't fit the first 100 pages, which deal with the immediate aftermath of the accident and amputation.My skepticism aside, there are some extremely quotable bits, among them:* He has -- what? A flat full of books and furniture. A collection of photographs, images of the dead, which after his own death will gather dust in the basement of a library along with other minor bequests more trouble to the cataloguers than they are worth. * I can pass among Australians. I cannot pass among the French. That, as far as I am concerned, is all there is to it, to the national-identity business: where one passes and where one does not.* Of course you may love whom you choose. But maybe from now on you should keep your love to yourself, as one keeps a head cold to oneself, or an attack of herpes, out of consideration for one's neighbours.* Become major, Paul. Live like a hero. This is what the classics teach us. Be a main character. Otherwise what is life for?P.S. I remembered why I added this to my queue... I liked Out Stealing Horses so much that I wanted to see what other books were shortlisted the same year it won the IMPAC award. So far, I think the judges made the right call.
writestuff on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was my first Coetzee novel, and it will not be my last. In Slow Man, Coetzee tells the story of Paul Rayment, an older man who loses his leg in a freak bicycle accident and must decide the path of his life following this devastating event. Paul is a man who has lived a relatively solitary life and regrets his lack of children. He gave up his career as a photographer when colour replaced black and white and digital imagery replaced light-sensitive emulsions because '...to the rising generation the enchantment lay in the techne of images without substance, images that could flash throught he ether without resideing anywhere, that could be sucked into a machine and emerge from it doctored, untrue.' (From Slow Man, page 65).As the reader meets the other characters (Marijana, Marianna, Drago, and the bold Elizabeth Costello) she is treated to a literary puzzle about love, loss and mortality. Coetzee engages the reader with sharp dialogue and an edgy wit. He plays with the meaning of words and names - which had me re-reading passages and marking pages for later contemplation.Slow Man is a demanding novel despite it's brevity. At times it is difficult to know which character and whose story can be trusted. I cannot say more about this novel without giving away important plot points - and so, I will simply recommend that readers read Coetzee's book for themselves.
rosencrantz79 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this tale of Paul Rayment--a one-time photographer who loses a leg in a bicycle accident, then finds himself subjected to an unwanted visitor who knows far too much about his private thoughts--J.M. Coetzee seems to be attempting something that's almost, sorta, kinda metafiction, but not really. Regardless of the literary tricks he pulls, Coetzee has created fine characters in a bizarre situation, and the foil provided by Paul's unwanted guest makes for some delightful scenes. There are some loose ends that are never tied off, and an ending that seemed rather abrupt. I'm still trying to figure out how Coetzee manages to sustain pages of uninterupted back-and-forth dialog with little to no narration--and makes it seem okay.
Katie_H on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This brief novel was a challenging one thematically, and I'm not so sure that I fully understood it, but I'll give it a try. Slow Man is the story of Paul Rayment, an older gentleman, who is hit by a car while riding his bicycle, resulting in the amputatation of his leg. He decides not to get a prosthesis, returning to his apartment and hiring a nurse, Marijana, instead. He eventually develops deep feelings for his nurse, and the majority of the plot centers around this fact and the effect that his love has on her relationships with her husband and children. Enter Elizabeth Costello. This is where I got confused with the story. Elizabeth, a writer, who Paul does not know, shows up on his doorstep and asks to move in, which Paul allows. During her stay, she provides constant commentary on Paul's life and decision making, and she even predicts his future actions. I have two different theories regarding the character of Elizabeth. The first, and probably most likely, is that she is the only "live" character in the novel, and that Paul's story is actually the plot of her current book project. The second theory is that Elizabeth is Paul's imaginary muse, though I find this more difficult to accept, since she is referenced by other characters in the book. This was my first experience with Coetzee, and it was quite intriguing, leaving me with a desire to read more from him. However my confusion with the interpretation of the story left me frustrated.
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Although I related to Paul's desire for privacy and some form of independent living after he loses his leg in a bike accident, I couldn't understand his obsession with the aide he hired to assist him and her family. And Elizabeth Costello's complicated presence and single-minded desire to get Paul to make any sort of decision with his life - when the two of them were strangers to one another - was baffling. Very abrupt ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first quarter of this book is interesting. We follow Paul Rayment after an accident that leaves him without a leg. (This happens in the first few pages.) We're in his mind, experiencing what he does, following him through the few people who care for him. Then Elizabeth Costello arrives and the book goes downhill. She arrives from no where and acts as an authorial voice. She knows things she couldn't possibly know and she messes with Paul's mind. This interloper never develops. We're led to believe there's something mystical about her, perhaps other-worldly. I did not like her because she was neither a "real" character nor a true authorial voice. Coetzee plays with this technique--that Elizabeth is his voice in the story, but for what purpose? In places we find her asking the same questions we do: why doesn't Paul act in one way or another? Why doesn't he leave his situation? Etc. And nothing really happens. It's as if the author is begging his character to do something and he doesn't. I don't feel Paul has changed by the end, which is why I was disappointed. This story had a lot of potential.
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Maximillian More than 1 year ago
Yes, I am getting old, so I did appreciate this novel. Twenty years ago I probably would have said "I don't get it." The story is good on the surface level and it is also a thoughful exploration of what to do with our remaining years. Do we fill them with life or hide away in our comfort zone?
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