The Resource Disgrace

Disgrace

Label
Disgrace
Title
Disgrace
Statement of responsibility
J.M. Coetzee
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
J.M. Coetzee's latest novel, The Schooldays of Jesus, will soon be available from Viking. Set in post-apartheid South Africa, J.M. Coetzee's searing novel tells the story of David Lurie, a twice divorced, 52-year-old professor of communications and Romantic Poetry at Cape Technical University. Lurie believes he has created a comfortable, if somewhat passionless, life for himself. He lives within his financial and emotional means. Though his position at the university has been reduced, he teaches his classes dutifully; and while age has diminished his attractiveness, weekly visits to a prostitute satisfy his sexual needs. He considers himself happy. But when Lurie seduces one of his students, he sets in motion a chain of events that will shatter his complacency and leave him utterly disgraced. Lurie pursues his relationship with the young Melanie-whom he describes as having hips "as slim as a twelve-year-old's"--Obsessively and narcissistically, ignoring, on one occasion, her wish not to have sex. When Melanie and her father lodge a complaint against him, Lurie is brought before an academic committee where he admits he is guilty of all the charges but refuses to express any repentance for his acts. In the furor of the scandal, jeered at by students, threatened by Melanie's boyfriend, ridiculed by his ex-wife, Lurie is forced to resign and flees Cape Town for his daughter Lucy's smallholding in the country. There he struggles to rekindle his relationship with Lucy and to understand the changing relations of blacks and whites in the new South Africa. But when three black strangers appear at their house asking to make a phone call, a harrowing afternoon of violence follows which leaves both of them badly shaken and further estranged from one another. After a brief return to Cape Town, where Lurie discovers his home has also been vandalized, he decides to stay on with his daughter, who is pregnant with the child of one of her attackers. Now thoroughly humiliated, Lurie devotes himself to volunteering at the animal clinic, where he helps put down diseased and unwanted dogs. It is here, Coetzee seems to suggest, that Lurie gains a redeeming sense of compassion absent from his life up to this point. Written with the austere clarity that has made J.M. Coetzee the winner of two Booker Prizes, Disgrace explores the downfall of one man and dramatizes, with unforgettable, at times almost unbearable, vividness the plight of a country caught in the chaotic aftermath of centuries of racial oppression. From the Trade Paperback edition
Summary
In a novel set in post-apartheid South Africa, a fifty-two-year-old college professor who has lost his job for sleeping with a student tries to relate to his daughter, Lucy, who works with an ambitious African farmer
Storyline
Tone
Writing style
Character
Award
  • ALA Notable Book, 2001.
  • Booker Prize, 1999.
  • Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book, 2000.
  • Commonwealth Writers' Prize, Africa: Best Book, 2000.
  • Library Journal Best Books, 1999.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
020657
Cataloging source
IDEBK
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1940-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Coetzee, J. M.
Dewey number
823
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR9369.3.C58
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Fathers and daughters
  • Veterinarians
  • Farm life
  • Rape
  • FICTION
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • Domestic fiction
  • Farm life
  • Fathers and daughters
  • Rape
  • Veterinarians
  • South Africa
  • South Africa
Target audience
adult
Label
Disgrace
Link
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Publication
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
ocn965708891
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource.
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781524705466
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
c
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
60336902-FC96-4026-B033-DC662D772992
Label
Disgrace
Link
Publication
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
ocn965708891
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource.
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781524705466
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
c
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
60336902-FC96-4026-B033-DC662D772992

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