Set in post-apartheid South Africa, J. M. Coetzee’s searing novel tells the story of David Lurie, a twice divorced, year-old professor of communications and. Desgracia has ratings and reviews. J said: This book made me want to read Twilight. Yes, Twilight: perfectly perfect young people falling.
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Desgracia / Disgrace
Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Desgracia by J. Rechazado por todos, abandona Ciudad del Cabo y va a visitar la granja de su hija Lucy.
Mass Market PaperbackDebolsillopages. Published by Random House Mondadori first published To see what your friends thought coetsee this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Desgraciaplease sign up. Is this a good read still today? Sudhir Saha Its an amazing book. I think about this book time and again Deb A few words here and there are in the local dialect.
See all 7 questions about Desgracia…. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. This book made me want to read Twilight. I need an antidote to Disgrace. At page ten I would have readily given it desgrwcia stars; the writing is superb. Excellent, but slightly annoying. What the hell kind of ending is THAT???
A little distance was needed before I could consider it rationally again. The word disgrace is what struck me with nearly every page. So good you might be tempted to revel in it. This is not for the faint-hearted.
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Read something easy, something happy. If you stay Coetzee will turn that word, disgrace, in your mind a hundred different ways. I have been a disgrace, been disgraced, disgraced myself and others. I thought I was immune to it.
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Dexgracia main character, David Lurie, is disgraced. He disgraces a student. He is a disgrace. David Lurie is entering the disgrace of growing old. Beauty does not own itself. The words apply as much to himself as to anyone. But self-delusion is my own stock-in-trade.
I feel as dispassionate as Lurie himself. The disgrace of the dying though – the ‘without grace’ — that younger generations foist upon them.
This is where Coetzee hooks me. And he reels me in. Reels me in until I find myself suffocating in a world I want no part of. A world of shame, dishonor, humiliation, degradation. That of a man, a father, a daughter, a woman, an unborn child. Now make those plural. Add the disgraces of South Africa, of humanity, of animals. I suspected Coetzee would sneak in a little commentary on that.
He has a reputation. I did not expect to be so affected by it. I, a confirmed carnivore, did not expect to lie awake at night considering vegetarianism. Coetzee brings that passionate quote at the beginning of this paragraph back to hit me square in the face near the end though and — once again — Disgrace. So five stars, but would I recommend it?
Read it if you dare. View all 44 comments. To begin with, let me make something clear: Coetzee ‘s Disgrace left me intellectually fulfilled and severely shocked. Fulfilled at the simplicity and beauty of its narrative which resulted in a powerful drama; shocked at the impact it had on my innermost self.
This is not a book for the faint-hearted. If you lack faith in your fortitude, do not even start, read something easier.
But that would be a pity, for you would be deprived of an experience that will only enrich your understanding of To begin with, let me make something clear: But that would be a pity, for you would be deprived of an experience that will only enrich your understanding of the world.
If you stay, Coetzee will grant you a masterpiece. And there have been some moments of genuine awe in my reading experiences, but I can without any trace of doubt testify that reading Coetzee is always one of them. With an immaculate prose, in which no word is wasted, the novel is a plunge into a society lacerated by poverty, criminality and a social conduct values deadlock.
Disgrace is a work of art, rare nowadays: His pleasure in living has been snuffed out. Like a leaf on a stream, like a puffball on a breeze, he has begun to float towards his end. He sees it quite clearly, and it fills him with the word will not go away despair. The blood of life is leaving his body and despair is taking its place, despair that is like a gas, odourless, tasteless, without nourishment.
You breathe it in, your limbs relax, you cease to care, even at the moment when the steel touches your throat. He does not care for the disinterest of his students show his poetry classes. The irony does not escape him: By disdaining political correct codes, accused of abuse, David falls in disgrace.
He becomes an outcast and retreats to the country to his daughter Lucy’s — the only person he has some affectionate bond — remote piece of land in the Eastern Cape. Brutality against which occidental culture is simply worthless: Coetzee builds in Disgrace flesh and blood characters and, through them, weaves relationships between classes, between men and women, between parents and children, black and white, between a long exploration history and a present of explosive resentments.
Situated in nobody’s land, where civilization and barbary mingle – a region well known by Brazilian readers, Coetzee slowly denudes realities and ultimately tells us that there are no just rewards, there are not even fairness. But perhaps that is a good point to start from again. Perhaps that is what I must learn to accept.
To start at ground level. Not with nothing but No cards, no weapons, no property, no rights, no dignity. View all 42 comments. David Laurie, professor, father, divorced, twice marriedjobless after and inappropriate affair, temporary farmworker, is a ‘disgrace’. David dips into a downfall transgression with himself and his daughter, Lucy. Racial tensions run high It was easier for me to understand the “disgrace-of-David” Step into Africa with J.
Choices to cringe over View all 43 comments. This short novel, written in spare, economical prose, tells the story of a not particularly likable middle-aged Capetown college instructor who falls into “disgrace” because of an affair with a student and is soon reduced to living with his daughter in the bush and working as a euthanizer at the local animal shelter.
A violent incident occurs, and “disgrace” takes on another meaning. The novel is both merciless and compassionate not an easy combination to achieveand is also incisive in its p This short novel, written in spare, economical prose, tells the story of a not particularly likable middle-aged Capetown college instructor who falls into “disgrace” because of an affair with a student and is soon reduced to living with his daughter in the bush and working as a euthanizer at the local animal shelter.
The novel is both merciless and compassionate not an easy combination to achievecketzee is also incisive in its portrayal of the changing world of South Africa. View all 6 comments. The issues and themes addressed are those that are immersed in the sensitive, pitch-black parts of my insides.