Waiting for the Barbarians

by J.M. Coetzee | Science Fiction & Fantasy |
ISBN: 0099465930 Global Overview for this book
Registered by marko167 of Sant Pere de Ribes, Barcelona Spain on 11/5/2005
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Journal Entry 1 by marko167 from Sant Pere de Ribes, Barcelona Spain on Saturday, November 05, 2005
Before this book was picked by my book club as a meeting topic, I had only previously read Disgrace, which whilst OK was not a great book.

I picked this book up with trepidation, expecting a fight to the end to complete it.

But, I now know why Coetzee won the Nobel prize. This book is fantastic but leaves as many questions hanging at the end as it resolves. Here is a list of some of the topics discussed at the meeting.

What is the book about? Is it a straight forward story (possibly, in that case where is it set and when), is it a parable about the moral choices and decisions of men (possibly is the protagonist then a good man, a bad man, does he absolve himself in the end), is it a metaphor of empire (which empire? Historical? England? Spain? Modern? USA), is it a metaphor about male sexuality (possibly? Does the character acheive closure and come to terms with his aging and loss of youthful vigour?)

The answer to all the above is YES.

Journal Entry 2 by marko167 from Sant Pere de Ribes, Barcelona Spain on Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Re-read this book for The Nobel Spiral.

All I can do it re-iterate how impressed I am with this book. An outstanding piece of fiction written by a master of the craft at the height of his powers.




Journal Entry 3 by marko167 at The Nobel Spiral in Book Spiral, Book Spiral -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, January 30, 2008

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Off book one flies to the UK.

Journal Entry 4 by geetheflea from London, Greater London United Kingdom on Wednesday, February 06, 2008
Arrived this morning. Thanks marko167 for sending it to me and I'm very much looking forward to the Nobel spiral.

Journal Entry 5 by geetheflea from London, Greater London United Kingdom on Tuesday, February 26, 2008
I really enjoyed reading this. Coetzee managed to express complex thoughts in simple and thoughtful language. I've read Disgrace but didn't really take to that - this I did. Thanks Marko167 for sending it to me. I look forward to the next!

Journal Entry 6 by geetheflea at The Nobel Spiral in Book Spiral, Book Spiral -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, February 26, 2008

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Sent to brunton11. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 7 by wingbrunton11wing from Chester, Cheshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Received today - Thanks all for sharing.

Journal Entry 8 by wingbrunton11wing from Chester, Cheshire United Kingdom on Sunday, March 23, 2008
Having only read 'Disgrace' by this author before (and felt similarly to previous reviewers) I wasn't really sure what to expect from this book. Now that I've finished it I'm glad that I tried it - It was much more accessible than 'Disgrace' and asked a lot of questions some of which I'm still not sure I know the answer to.

Thanks all for sharing. I'm looking forward to the rest of the spiral and other books I may not have considered reading myself. I have katrinat's address and will get this book in the post to her on Tuesday.

Journal Entry 9 by wingbrunton11wing from Chester, Cheshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Posted today

Journal Entry 10 by katrinat from Southend-on-Sea, Essex United Kingdom on Friday, March 28, 2008
Arrived yesterday. Luckily I have the next 2 weeks off of school as 3 bookring books have arrived in 2 days! Thabks for posting it

Journal Entry 11 by katrinat from Southend-on-Sea, Essex United Kingdom on Thursday, April 03, 2008
I really enjoyed this book, there was a lot going on beneath the surface, reminded me of the type of books I analysed at uni. Like many others I hated Disgrace so was really pleased to like this and enjoy it.
Have requested the next address will send it off as soon as I have it.

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Journal Entry 13 by iliotropio from Bruxelles / Brussel, Bruxelles / Brussel Belgium on Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Arrived safely. Many thanks katrinat!

Journal Entry 14 by iliotropio from Bruxelles / Brussel, Bruxelles / Brussel Belgium on Tuesday, May 27, 2008
A dark masterpiece of a book!
On its way to afraberg.

Journal Entry 15 by afraberg from Amsterdam, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Thursday, May 29, 2008
Arrived in my mailbox today.
Thank you very much for sending iliotropio, and also many thanks for the beautiful bookmark.

Journal Entry 16 by afraberg from Amsterdam, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Friday, June 06, 2008
I really liked reading this book. The story doesn't make you very happy, but it does makes you think about how people treat each other.

I put the book on the mail to Fotomiep today.
Thank you very much for sharing this first book in the spiral marko167!

Journal Entry 17 by fotomiep from Estrela, Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Monday, June 09, 2008
The book arrived safely at my house. I will try to get my brain into literature mode asap :)

Journal Entry 18 by marsala from - Ergens in de provincie, Noord-Brabant Netherlands on Monday, July 07, 2008
Fotomiep handed this book to me at a meeting last saturday.

Thanks very much, I'll start reading it as soon as possible.

Journal Entry 19 by marsala from - Ergens in de provincie, Noord-Brabant Netherlands on Wednesday, July 09, 2008
What a great book, finished it almost in one go. I didn't like the main character, what a spineless man that is. But I believe one must be a really good writer to let me dislike the main characters, it is very well writen.

I'll send it on to the next reader shortly.

Edit July 30, 2008

It is in the mail to Moonwoolf

Journal Entry 20 by Moonwoolf from Azambuja, Lisboa (distrito) Portugal on Friday, August 01, 2008
This was reaallly quick...Just two days and arrived here.. WOW :D
I will say something after reading. Thank you for sharing and sending.

11-08-2008 = Interesting reading, liked very much. Thank you for this opportunity.

Journal Entry 21 by Moonwoolf at lisboa, -- Por correio / mão própria -- Portugal on Wednesday, August 13, 2008

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Traveling to hioniam.

Journal Entry 22 by hioniam on Tuesday, August 19, 2008
I received the book today.

Thank you Moonwoolf!

Journal Entry 23 by hioniam on Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Being a Greek I was intrigued by the title
as Coetzee has borrowed it from the same titled
poem by the Greek poet C.P.Cavafy
(you can read it here:
http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/jod/texts/cavafy.html)
and I am glad to say
that he didn't disappoint me.


Although the inspiration of his book
is obviously the Apartheid in South Africa
Coetzee manages to eschew the limitations
of a specific place and time by raising
some very important and difficult for all
places and times and especially for our
Modern Times

Something to which all writers aspire,
but only the greatest achieve.

hioniam

PS) The book is on it's way to Dworin


Journal Entry 24 by Dworin from Seremban, Elective Monarchy of Negeri Sembilan (Seremban) Malaysia on Saturday, October 18, 2008
Received the book today. I will read it as soon as possible. Thanks for sending & sharing.

Journal Entry 25 by Dworin from Seremban, Elective Monarchy of Negeri Sembilan (Seremban) Malaysia on Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Once I got into the book (and stopped looking for a direct pointer to Apartheid) I really liked it. It reminds you of what it means to be 'civilized' and how fragile 'civilization' is.

Once I get Bibliocrates address, it will be on its way across the big pond.

Journal Entry 26 by Dworin at By mail, Book Spiral -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, November 11, 2008

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After some confusion about the address, the book is finally on its way to Bibliocrates. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 27 by Bibliocrates from Fort Collins, Colorado USA on Monday, November 24, 2008
This book arrived safely here in Trinity, Alabama. Thanks for posting it on to me Dworin, my apologies for not leaving a journal entry right away.

Journal Entry 28 by Bibliocrates from Fort Collins, Colorado USA on Monday, December 08, 2008
I just received another copy of this book, so I will be mailing this book on to NMReader as soon as I have an address...

Thank you so much for sharing marko167!

Journal Entry 29 by Bibliocrates at Albuquerque, New Mexico USA on Thursday, December 11, 2008

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This book is on its way to NMReader to continue the Nobel spiral. I hope you enjoy it :)

Journal Entry 30 by NMReader from Herndon, Virginia USA on Wednesday, January 07, 2009
It has arrived. I look forward to reading

Journal Entry 31 by NMReader from Herndon, Virginia USA on Saturday, February 07, 2009
I finished the book a few minutes ago.

I had a hard time getting into the book. It may not have been the right book for me at this time.

The stor was dense with meanings. I agree that there is much to be gained and I am glad that I didn't give up before I completed it.

Thanks for including me

Journal Entry 32 by NMReader at by mail, a fellow bookcrosser -- Controlled Releases on Saturday, February 07, 2009

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I have several items to drop at the PO today and will take this with the others

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Journal Entry 33 by jaenelle from Orlando, Florida USA on Thursday, February 12, 2009
Just caught this today -- excited to read it. I have one bookring ahead of this on my list, but I hope to get to it this weekend. I'll send this one on as soon as I am done with it.

Thanks for including me in the spiral!

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