Disgrace by J M Coetzee
January 9, 2010 § 1 Comment
Winner of the Nobel Prize in literature, I picked this up at Green Apple Books (one of my favorite favorite FAVORITE places to hang out in SF) totally on a whim. It’s a relatively short, quick, and very depressing story about a university professor who goes to live with his daughter in rural South Africa following a scandalous affair with one of his students and subsequent release from a prominent university. It is there, wouldn’t you know it, he’s met by even more tragedy. The back of the book references racial complexities in the new South Africa, so I was kind of expecting it to revolve around the social politics of post-apartheid SA, but that turned out to not be the case. It is more the story of one lonely man’s journey to find a meaningful relationship in a family and community struggling to recover from a violent, complex history…blah blah…you know. Depressing.