Synopsis

A journey of a man to find answers...


The scene opens up with a tall slim, young woman with long black hair and dark liquid eyes, named Soraya, making love with the protagonist. David Lurie, the main character, is an old man at the age of fifty-two. He is a man filled with desire for women, yet lacks the most important character that links a man and woman- love. Divorced twice, David cannot keep a good relationship with anyone throughout the entire story. In the begging, it is Soraya, a prostitute, who will leave David for her sake, despite his deep affection for her. Upon Soraya's departure, David seeks for another relationship, this time, with a young girl in her early 20's, and also one of his students at the university. The affair leaves David jobless and even lifeless as he is ridiculed in Cape Town, and he leaves to make a stay at his daughter Lucy's farm. Unfortunately, the only thing David experiences is violence, and stains his relationship with Lucy, and is once again left, alone, to seek answers to his life. The superficial character deals with relationship problems, racial issues, as well as mixed feelings of God, forgiveness, and death. Coetzee writes through David about the complexity of life and death,
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Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee
of faith, and of love.

Review

An amazingly connective book


Disgrace is a fascinating book with a very nice development in a growing character. The development depicts many difficulties of life accurately that a reader can easily bond with the novel.
However, the first half of the book was not at all alluring. It was confused whether the book had any plot at all, as in unraveled its first half as sexual, and erotic. But I found myself wrong in the remaining half, only to find more depth on life than those of most books I've come across before.
What I find most amazing is the accurate way Coetzee connects many problems people may deal with today to the life of a made character, David. Apologizing, as simple as the word seems, is one of the most difficult idea to adapt. To admit to one's wrongs and to confront the problem face to face, that is what Coetzee portrayed apologizing as. It takes David almost the entire book to come to apologizing, and it is also, one of the most amazing moments in the book. I personally found that very connective. Apologizing isn't the only aspect that David has problems with, but love, racial issues, faith, death... almost everything that a person once dealt, or will deal with. At least, for me.
It's the first time I've read Coetzee's book, and after reading Disgrace, I decided to try more of his books. Personally, I strongly recommend readers to try
out Coetzee's fabulous book, Disgrace.

Author Biography

John Maxwell Coetzee was born in Cape Town, South Africa on February 9, 1940. Coetzee was the elder of two children. His primary language spoken at home was English, though their parents were not of British descent.
Coetzee graduated in 1961 in University of Cape Town with honours degrees in both English and Math. He spent 3 years in England as a computer programmer while working on his thesis on the English novelist Ford Madox Ford.
He graduated in the graduate school of the University of Texas at Austin, and has then became professors at various university including University of New York, Johns Hopkins University, Harvard University, Stanford University, and the University of Chicago.
Now he lives in Australia, and holds the honorary position at the University of Adelaide.

Links

http://www.nytimes.com/ref/books/author-coetzee.html