Disgrace

Disgrace

Audiobook CD - 2008
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David Lurie, middle-aged and twice divorced, is a scholar fallen into disgrace. After years teaching Romantic poetry, he has an impulsive affair with a student. Willing to admit guilt, but not to repent publicly, he resigns and retreats to an isolated smallholding owned by his daughter Lucy. But the balance of power in the country is shifting; he and Lucy become the victims of a savage and disturbing attack, which brings into relief all the fault-lines in their relationship.
Publisher: New York, NY : Penguin Audio, p2008]
ISBN: 9780143143451
Branch Call Number: CD F Coe
Additional Contributors: Cumpsty, Michael

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Hokansonh
Apr 13, 2017

Disgrace is about so much more than a professors ill-advised affair. Father-daughter relationships, a farmer and her loyalty to her land, neighbors and their power struggles; all are disturbing, yet somehow beautifully rendered.

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joliebergman
Nov 25, 2014

After the very first line I thought to myself, “Oh no. Not another Coetzee novel about completely vile men and one-dimensional, sexually objectified women…” But I kept going! Hoping to be proven wrong. But very shortly thereafter this line appeared: “…because a woman’s beauty does not belong to her alone, it is part of the bounty she brings into the world. She has a duty to share it.” And stopped.

No. Can’t do it anymore. Nope nope nope. This has been my third attempt to appreciate his characters and story telling, and it will be my last. I simply have no more time or patience for it, especially with the way women are portrayed (every single time).

Done.

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