Boyhood

Boyhood

Scenes From Provincial Life

Book - 1997
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"Fiercely revealing, bluntly unsentimental. . .a telling portrait of the artist as a young man that illuminates the hidden source of his art." -- Michiko Kakutani,  The New York Times

J.M. Coetzee's latest novel, The Schooldays of Jesus , is now available from Viking. Late Essays: 2006-2016  will be available January 2018. 

Coetzee grew up in a new development north of Cape Town, tormented by guilt and fear. With a father he despised, and a mother he both adored and resented, he led a double life--the brilliant and well-behaved student at school, the princely despot at home, always terrified of losing his mother's love. His first encounters with literature, the awakenings of sexual desire, and a growing awareness of apartheid left him with baffling questions; and only in his love of the high veld ("farms are places of freedom, of life") could he find a sense of belonging. Bold and telling, this masterly evocation of a young boy's life is the book Coetzee's many admirers have been waiting for, but never could have expected.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 1997
ISBN: 9780140265668
014026566X
9780670872206
0670872202
Characteristics: 166 p

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Oct 03, 2017

Boring, stilted; I could hardly finish it, and didn't enjoy it or learn much from it.

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stewstealth
Nov 29, 2014

A quick read memoir on the author's life in a provincial town in South Africa. Excellent prose with an endearing look at the foibles of life. Worth reading.

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