Slow Man

by J. M. Coetzee | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0670034592 Global Overview for this book
Registered by tranq1 of Tampa, Florida USA on 12/25/2008
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Journal Entry 1 by tranq1 from Tampa, Florida USA on Thursday, December 25, 2008
From Publishers Weekly
Nobel-winner Coetzee (Disgrace) ponders life, love and the mind/ body connection in his latest heavy-hitter; he also plays a little trick. When retired photographer Paul Rayment loses his leg in a bicycle accident, his lengthy, lonely recuperation forces him to reflect on a life he deems wasted. The gloom lifts with the arrival of brisk, efficient Marijana Jokic, his Croatian day nurse, with whom Paul becomes infatuated. (He also takes a special interest in Marijana's teenage boy—the son he never had.) It's here, while Paul frets over how to express his feelings, that Coetzee (perhaps unsure if his dithering protagonist can sustain the book) gets weird: the distinguished writer Elizabeth Costello, eponymous heroine of Coetzee's 2003 novel, comes for a visit. To Paul's bewilderment, Costello (Coetzee's alter ego?) exhorts him to become more of a main character in the narrative, even orchestrating events to force his reactions. Some readers will object to this cleverness and the abstract forays into the mysteriousness of the writing process. It is to Coetzee's credit, however, a testament to his flawless prose and appealing voice, that while challenging the reader with postmodern shenanigans, the story of how Paul will take charge of his life and love continues to engage, while Elizabeth Costello the device softens into a real character, one facing frailties of her own. She pushes Paul, or Paul pushes Elizabeth—both push Coetzee—on to the bittersweet conclusion.

Journal Entry 2 by tranq1 at Book Exchange, Donation -- Controlled Releases on Thursday, December 25, 2008

Released 11 yrs ago (12/26/2008 UTC) at Book Exchange, Donation -- Controlled Releases

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Sending to nvangel2073 for Feb RMTBRBB on Bookobsessed.com.

Journal Entry 3 by nvangel2073 from Moab, Utah USA on Sunday, February 01, 2009
thank you for the book

Journal Entry 4 by nvangel2073 from Moab, Utah USA on Sunday, September 13, 2009
Downsizeing my TBR's

Journal Entry 5 by nvangel2073 at Moab, Utah USA on Monday, November 01, 2010

Released 9 yrs ago (11/1/2010 UTC) at Moab, Utah USA

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sending to HoserLauren for her birthday!

Happy Birthday!

Journal Entry 6 by HoserLauren at Toronto, Ontario Canada on Tuesday, November 09, 2010
Thanks Nvangel for the wonderful birthday package! Received this as part of it.

Journal Entry 7 by HoserLauren at Burlington, Ontario Canada on Saturday, February 15, 2020
I couldn't finish this one. It started off strong with the description of the accident; my attention was captured. But then when we got in to the mind wanderings of the main character it slowly lost me. There seemed no structure and just ramblings. I gave up after 50 pages.

Journal Entry 8 by HoserLauren at Prime Outlets at Birch Run in Birch Run, Michigan USA on Friday, September 18, 2020

Released 2 days ago (9/18/2020 8:00 PM UTC) at Prime Outlets at Birch Run in Birch Run, Michigan USA

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