Life And Times Of Michael K
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Life And Times Of Michael K

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In a South Africa torn by civil war, Michael K sets out to take his mother back to her rural home. On the way there she dies, leaving him alone in an anarchic world of brutal roving armies. Imprisoned, Michael is unable to bear confinement and escapes, determined to live with dignity. Life and Times of Michael K goes to the centre of human experience - the need for an interior, spiritual life, for some connections to the world in which we live, and for purity of vision.

'This is a truly astonishing novel... I finished Life & Times of Michael K in a state of elation, for all the misery and suffering it contains. I cannot recommend it highly enough' Evening Standard
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Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 13mm | 138g
  • VINTAGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 0
  • 009947915X
  • 9780099479154
  • 96,032

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The quality of Coetzee's writing lies in his inner vision: dark, passionately compassionate, concerned with the nature of man
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The quality of Coetzee's writing lies in his inner vision: dark, passionately compassionate, concerned with the nature of man * Financial Times * Beautifully written in a strong, plain, unpretentious style...distinguished by grim humour and powerful understatement * Sunday Express * This is a trule astonishing novel... I finished Life & Times of Michael K in a state of elation, for all the misery and suffering it contains. I cannot recommend it highly enough * Evening Standard * It strikes deep inside the heart...The story is clean, clear, straight, the work of a mature imagination at full power...here is a book that will be celebrated for a long time * Mail on Sunday * A strong and memorable novel * Guardian *
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About J.M. Coetzee

J.M. Coetzee's work includes Waiting for the Barbarians, Life & Times of Michael K, Boyhood, Youth, Disgrace, Summertime, The Childhood of Jesus and, most recently, The Schooldays of Jesus. He was the first author to win the Booker Prize twice and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2003.
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15,464 ratings
3.85 out of 5 stars
5 28% (4,291)
4 40% (6,157)
3 24% (3,742)
2 6% (967)
1 2% (307)
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