The Schooldays of Jesus by J.M. Coetzee

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The Schooldays of Jesus, philosophically dense as it is, is parched, relentlessly adult fare – rather like eating endless bread and bean paste.
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From the Nobel Prize-winning author J. M. Coetzee, the haunting sequel to The Childhood of Jesus, continuing the journey of Davíd, Simón, and Inés

“When you travel across the ocean on a boat, all your memories are washed away and you start a completely new life. That is how it is. There is no before. There is no history. The boat docks at the harbour and we climb down the gangplank and we are plunged into the here and now. Time begins.”

Davíd is the small boy who is always asking questions. Simón and Inés take care of him in their new town, Estrella. He is learning the language; he has begun to make friends. He has the big dog Bolívar to watch over him. But he’ll be seven soon and he should be at school. And so, with the guidance of the three sisters who own the farm where Simón and Inés work, Davíd is enrolled in the Academy of Dance. It’s here, in his new golden dancing slippers, that he learns how to call down the numbers from the sky. But it’s here, too, that he will make troubling discoveries about what grown-ups are capable of. In this mesmerizing allegorical tale, Coetzee deftly grapples with the big questions of growing up, of what it means to be a “parent,” the constant battle between intellect and emotion, and how we choose to live our lives.
 

About J.M. Coetzee

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J. M. Coetzee won the Nobel prize for Literature in 2003 and is the author of twenty-two books, which have been translated into many languages. He was the first author to be awarded the Booker Prize twice, first for Life & Times of Michael K and then for Disgrace. His novel Waiting for the Barbarians won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. The Master of Petersburg was awared the Irish Times International Fiction Prize. A native of South Africa, he now lives in Adelaide, Australia.
Author Residence: Adelaide, Australia
Author Hometown: South Africa
 
Published February 21, 2017 by Viking. 288 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Elizabeth Lowry on Aug 18 2016

The Schooldays of Jesus, philosophically dense as it is, is parched, relentlessly adult fare – rather like eating endless bread and bean paste.

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