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A review of this — 5 years ago

I also think reading this was a waste of my time. I didn’t identify at all with any of the main characters. Maybe when I get to be a 52 year old and grow a penis I will. Until then, I could hardly stand the protagonist, and his daughter’s behavior isn’t really ever explained satisfactorily. I’m not saying I need everything I read to be tidied up at the end, but I like feeling like there was a purpose in reading it, and I really gained nothing from this.

The lovely language of whining — 5 years ago


There are very, very few books that I would deem “not worth consuming.” Even books which I know are poorly written but have engaging characters and/or plot merit a “worth consuming!” from me. I love reading, and a book does not need to be profound or qualify as great literature to be worthwhile.

That said, I feel that Disgrace was a waste of my time. The writing was hauntingly beautiful, the only really enjoyable part of the book. I had absolutely no sympathy for the protagonist; instead, like his daughter, I was irritated by pretty much everything he said and did. His self-righteous internal dialogue simply justified actions which he knew were unreasonable. I can see the message and how this character adds to it; I just don’t think it’s worth suffering the experience of his personality to get there.

This is the first of J.M. Coetzee’s books that I have read, and because of the skill of his craft and beautiful language, I have high hopes for the others. I simply hope that they lack Disgrace’s infuriating protagonist.

A review of this — 5 years ago


Coetzee’s writing is absolutely haunting and I loved the sparse style. The outrage and criticism this book recieved only prove how South Africa is still feeling the ramifications of Apartheid.

However, before one judges Coetzee as being racist or pro-Apartheid one should really read into the literary allusions that the protagonist uses. Lurie views himself as the byronic hero yet Coetzee shows that the world has no need for this romanticism. Sure, he depicts a horrible man who views post-Apartheid Africa as horrible but look at how closely his trial mirrors the trial of ex-prime minister Botha. Lurie is obviously meant to symbolize the Apartheid era and as the end shows that era is dying out. Yet Coetzee does bring up disturbing issues about the future of South Africa and particularly of black people but that what makes the novel so interesting. There is no clear black and white answer and the book’s impact indicates just that.

A story about this — 6 years ago


Mixed feelings about this one. The main character is an idiot, but is portrayed in a way that you can somehow walk his shoes. I mean I’m not middle-aged, I’m not even a man… but I could sometimes sympathize with the disgraced-lecturer. As for his daughter: even though she suffers the main blow I simply couldn’t care less for her, I found her so irritating. Interesting to go through the reviews at, some people read a lot into this book… well I’m not one of them. After reading this one I was so surprised to learn Coetzee is a Nobel laureate writer.. I might try another of his novels in the future.

Wonderful — 8 years ago


The writing of J. M. Coetzee is extraordinary, as he really puts the reader inside his world. This book leaves the reader thinking, “What would I do in this situation?” It is a book that makes more sense if one knows about the atmosphere of South Africa (or so I’ve been told). “Disgrace,” like all Coetzee work, is a fantasic read.

A story about this — 8 years ago


just finished 100 pages. it’s ok. lets see how the rest of the book turns out.

A story about this — 10 years ago

Student liasons, aging restless passion, debauchery…a pultizer prise winner….lets see how deep the rabit hole goes.

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