Elizabeth Costello

Elizabeth Costello

eBook - 2017
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J.M. Coetzee's latest novel, The Schooldays of Jesus , will soon be available from Viking Since 1982, J. M. Coetzee has been dazzling the literary world. After eight novels that have won, among other awards, two Booker Prizes, and most recently, the Nobel Prize, Coetzee has once again crafted an unusual and deeply affecting tale. Told through an ingenious series of formal addresses, Elizabeth Costello is, on the surface, the story of a woman?s life as mother, sister, lover, and writer. Yet it is also a profound and haunting meditation on the nature of storytelling.
Publisher: [S.I.] : Penguin Publishing Group, 2017.
ISBN: 9781524705503
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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RogerDeBlanck Jul 27, 2018

Through the use of the title character, Elizabeth Costello, an esteemed professor and lecturer, Coetzee expands upon subjects and ideas he first introduced in his short volume of essays entitled The Lives of the Animals. He essentially builds a narrative around the earlier essays and allows Costello to serve as his mouthpiece. This technique allows the novel to amount to a philosophical treatise with incidents in Costello’s life acting as influence for the ideas she writes and speaks about as a scholar. Coetzee’s prose shines at times with tremendous insight and the plot includes moments of revelation, but the book lacks the impact of a sound piece of fiction. Readers looking for titles that exemplify why Coetzee was deservedly awarded the 2003 Nobel Prize in Literature should try some of his other unforgettable novels, such as Age of Iron or Disgrace.

Apr 30, 2014


Perhaps I struggle with Coetzee books. Maybe I don't like characters built entirely around existential truths that I don't find very truthy, existential, or interesting. Or, I might be so much at peace about eating meat that I’m unable to connect with the striking amount of vegetarianism promotion. Ultimately, I'm not exactly sure what happened here, but I tried


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