Youth

Youth

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Youth's narrator, a student in 1950s South Africa, has long been plotting an escape from his native country. Studying mathematics, reading poetry, saving money, he tries to ensure that when he arrives in the real world he will be prepared to experience life to its full intensity, and transform it into art. Arriving at last in London, however, he finds neither poetry nor romance. Instead he succumbs to the monotony of life as a computer programmer, from which random, loveless affairs offer no relief. Devoid of inspiration, he stops writing and begins a dark pilgrimage in which he is continually tested and continually found wanting.

Set against the background of the 1960s, Youth is a remarkable portrait of a consciousness turning in on itself. J. M. Coetzee explores a young man's struggle to find his way in the world with tenderness and a fierce clarity.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 12mm | 127g
  • VINTAGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0
  • 0099433621
  • 9780099433620
  • 66,883

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Only a writer as great as J. M. Coetzee is capable of infusing meditation on the spoilt hope of youth with such clarity, fluency and poise... The quality of the writing and its unflinching truthfulness make it exhilarating
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A memorable picture of the harshness London can offer to incomers... Youth is a wonderful book: a Bildungsroman, or portrait of the artist as a young man, to rank with any in the canon * Evening Standard * Tightly woven, each line detonating with meaning * Glasgow Herald * This taut novel possesses the edgy grace that has consistently marked Coetzee's work * Irish Times * Only a writer as great as J. M. Coetzee is capable of infusing meditation on the spoilt hope of youth with such clarity, fluency and poise... The quality of the writing and its unflinching truthfulness make it exhilarating * Daily Mail * Brilliant...a remarkable feat * Sunday Times *
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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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6,290 ratings
3.79 out of 5 stars
5 25% (1,543)
4 40% (2,509)
3 27% (1,699)
2 7% (453)
1 1% (86)
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