Sunday, December 16, 2012


If a South African Man Booker Prize winner by a Nobel Prize in Literature winner about [Spoiler Alert!] a college professor forced to resign after an almost comic affair with a student who flees to the countryside to live with his hippie lesbian daughter, who is in his presence gang-raped by Africans and later decides to become a junior wife of one of them, then J. M. Coetzee's Disgrace might be a novel for you.

Interesting footnote: I learn from the author's above-linked Wikipedia that he taught at my alma mater during the year I was born.

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Blogger Enbrethiliel said...


Where did this quasi-review come from??? =P

Are you ready for a couple of strange coincidences, Joshua? Not only did I read Disgrace at my own alma mater, on the very year J.M. Coetzee won the Nobel Prize for Literature (!!!), but I also reread it this weekend for a blog post I wanted to write. And I was just thinking, "It's too bad I don't know anyone else who has read it and can discuss it with me . . ."

I fancy a bit of disdain peeking at me from between the lines of this post. But what do you really think of this novel?

December 17, 2012 at 12:37 PM  
Blogger Iosue Andreas Sartorius said...

Enbrethiliel, first, how great it is to hear from you!

Second, wow, coincidences indeed!

Third, what do I really think? It was a great novel. I can think of no other book in which I felt such a visceral reaction to what the characters underwent. It left me thoroughly depressed, but wanting to read more of what this man wrote.

December 17, 2012 at 9:06 PM  
Blogger Enbrethiliel said...


You must forgive me, Joshua, for not commenting earlier! Your blog is linked on my sidebar and I visit quite often, but have remained a lurker until now.

I agree about the impact of the novel, although I wasn't as depressed by the ending as I was the first time around. (Maybe rereading it during Gaudete Sunday--off all the times--had something to do with it!) Like you, I was left wanting to read more by Coetzee--or more novels by South African writers.

Something else I read in uni was Howards End by E.M. Forster, and I will never forget my professor remarking that the ending is Forster's answer to the question "Who shall inherit England?" I felt the same way about the ending of the Clint Eastwood movie Gran Torino ("Who shall inherit America?") and the ending of Disgrace ("Who shall inherit South Africa?"). These are not the answers most of us would have wished for, but I believe we can sense the truth in them.

December 18, 2012 at 4:21 AM  

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