Disgrace by J. M. Coetzee
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About J. M. Coetzee

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J M Coetzee's work includes Waiting For The Barbarians, Life & Times of Michael K, Boyhood: Scenes From Provincial Life, Youth, Elizabeth Costello, Slow Man, Diary of a Bad Year, and, most recently, Summertime. He was the first author to win the Booker Prize twice and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2003.
 
Published January 1, 1999 by Secker & Warburg / Random House. 220 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs. Fiction
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Did J. M. Coetzee leave the land of his birth because the government denounced one of his books as racist?

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The Guardian

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The novel leaves us and its protagonist in the present tense, without any assurance that we have reached a point from where we can see the story's shape, in a provisional world.

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The Guardian

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Disgrace Production year: 2008 Country: Rest of the world Cert (UK): 15 Runtime: 135 mins Directors: Steve Jacobs Cast: Antoinette Engel, Eriq Ebouaney, Jessica Haines, John Malkovich, Paula Arundell...

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Both novelists and their publishers care very much about titles, knowing that they are the way in which a book first reaches out to its potential readers.

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The Guardian

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Instead of the brilliance of the narrating voice – never more brilliant than in the terrible scenes in which Lurie is locked in the lavatory during the rape – the viewer sees Malkovich staring blankly, or gurning through what seems like a rather spare and diagrammatic drama.

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The Guardian

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Quotation is a difficult art because it easily feels like pretension or condescension.

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Publishers Weekly

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It is, rather, a paean to willfulness, an aria on the theme of secca, or the drying up of ""the source of everything."" In Coetzee's tale, not a single note is false;

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BC Books

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Lucy herself could have been a sympathetic character, but the reader — trapped in David's point of view — can't know or understand her any better than David can.

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BC Books

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One act of oppression cannot be avenged by another — this truth, obviously, doesn’t come home to us in such simple terms — but when Coetzee addresses it in this masterful piece of work, it is difficult not to try and make sense of it.

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Examiner

Whenever considering the qualities that define a great writer, or a great piece of writing, the first thing that comes to mind – after the core qualities of coherence and a strong grasp of mechanics (grammar, punctuation, etc.) – is style, style that manages to be distinctive, engaging, and acces...

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Examiner

The stronger plot threads are these two characters’ bond with each other, they’re relationship to the people of South Africa, and David’s dealing with his own snarled morality.

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The Washington Post

Americans have been so brutalized by the cheap language of moral simplicity in our political and cinematic culture that almost any foreign film that leaves things open -- that suggests no easy answers, no basic Manichean oppositions -- feels like a sophisticated, even great film.

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The Telegraph

John Malkovich gets his most substantial role in years as David Lurie, the South African academic of JM Coetzee’s Booker-winning 1999 novel, who is caught out in an affair with a student and retreats to the farm of his daughter (a strong, sympathetic debut from Jessica Haines).

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Socialist Review

Disgrace - adapted from the 1999 Booker Prize-winning novel by South African writer J M Coetzee and starring John Malkovich - is a film played out in city and countryside, in the university and on the farm, which none too subtly explores Coetzee's take on sexual alienation during the decline of w...

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Baby Got Books

The New York Times Book Review has a review by University of Texas historian and Pulitzer-winner David Oshinsky (who won for Polio).

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John Baker's Blog

whether we are describing a king, an assasin, a thief, an honest man, a prostitute, a nun, a young girl, or a stall-holder in the market, it is always ourselves that we are describing, for we are obliged to ask ourselves the following question: 'If I was a king, an assassin, a thief, a prostitute...

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