- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Vintage; Latest edition (6 April 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0099284820
- ISBN-13: 978-0099284826
- Product Dimensions: 11 x 1.4 x 17.8 cm
- Customer Reviews: 426 customer ratings
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Disgrace: Booker Prize Winner 1999 Paperback – 6 April 2000
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Coetzee masterfully portrays the character of David Lurie in its various layers. In the initial part of the story, I disliked his meek submission to the longings of the flesh - without any regard to the consequences of an generally regarded as ethically inappropriate relationship between a teacher and his student.
However, as the story progresses, David Lurie is revealed increasingly to be human - with his reverence for Wordsworth and Byron on the one hand and the objectification of women on the other.
He is unable to truly understand women. He is twice divorced. A string of affairs has left him none the wiser. His relationship with his daughter is cut short in its evolution by a savage attack and leaves him alone again.
Lucy is struggling with issues on a farm which her city dwelling, mighty literature professor father has never had to contemplate before.
The troubles which they have to face now is not something they are ready to deal with. Her response is equally bewildering for me as an outsider to understand, but therein lies the whole point of the book.
I found the book quite unsettling. I wonder how the story would have turned out if the author was a woman.
The majority of the story takes place on a farm owned by Lucy (Prof. Lurie's daughter) in the Eastern Cape region of SA, a place to which the professor temporary retires to in order to find some measure of solace. The novel takes a dramatic turn after the professor and Lucy become victims of a particularly vicious and brutal attack. The developments thereafter make the professor question his relationships, beliefs and value-system. The themes in the novel are universal enough for it to appeal to a wide range of readers from diverse backgrounds. The very act of reading prose of very high quality is ample reward for the lovers of novels; but in case of this novel the prose through it's very quality serves as a vessel to clearly articulate the character motivations, thoughts and actions. In summation, this book is thoroughly deserving of the Booker Prize and is one of the better selections by its jury.
The protagonist David Lurie is an English language professor who lives his life on his own terms. Being a Romantic he doesn’t believe in compromising with his principles. His Idealism costs him his job at the university, his social status and more important than the previous two, his dream of writing an Opera inspired by the life of Lord Byron.
While he shows no qualms about the outcomes of his own life, he feels helpless in his attempts to guide his obstinate daughter Lucy to a better life. Like Lurie, Lucy too lives her life on her own terms. Her farm was recently robbed by a few locals. The robbers during the process violate her, grievously injure her father and kill most of her pets. Lurie views the entire episode as a premeditated act, one which in its entirety should be brought to the attention of the police. Lucy however views things differently. In order to get protection, she is open to the idea of an alliance with her neighbour Petrus, who is also related to one of her attackers. She would not mind being the third wife (or a concubine) to Petrus if she gets to live in peace at the farm. She prefers her rustic way of life and would not want to make a drastic deviations from it. She believes that an alliance with her neighbour would solve the issue of her personal safety and she can go on with the life she wants.
The book depicts a pure parent-child relationship and the cracks that start to appear in it when the child grows up. Every parent reaches a certain uncomfortable stage in life where their children start to take decisions for themselves. Parents at this stage would continue to guide their children, while the children drift on a path of their own.
The book went on to win the Booker prize in 1999 and the author was awarded the Nobel prize for Literature few years after this book was published.
*2 years later*
It has been two years and I still remember the book which goes on to show how greatly I adored it, and I appreciate whatsoever has been discussed in the literarure
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The blurb touts this as a Booker prize-winning masterpiece among other plaudits.
What it is, is downright nasty, with a thoroughly brutish central character - a womanising, shallow middle-aged (+) rake.
As it's over twenty years since it was published, I'm not sure spoiler alerts apply, but don't read any of it anyway.
During the course of the narrative his daughter is raped and those responsible are barely pursued far less caught and punished. Animals are also casually disposed of frequently and this described in some detail - the process is humane, but the frequency and detail devoted to it are quite unpalatable.
The book's only saving grace is that it's short, but what the criteria for the Booker must have been in 1999 is beyond me. I won't be reading any more of this guy's stuff.
Disgrace, by J.M. Coetzee
This is a book I would have avoided on seeing its bleak cover, had it not been required reading for the course I was doing.
But it drew me in without effort, and I was captured.
It works on various levels. It is a fascinating study of South Africa’s morning after, from the point of view of the white liberal minority who must make political and psychological accommodations to the seismic change which followed the release of Mandela. There is a sly depiction of academic attitudes; the professors are keeping the ramparts of the establishment in good order.
The story, already dramatic, has a brilliant central character, David Lurie, whom Coetzee contrives to make objectionable but compelling. He is an abuser, an arrogant sex-pest, whose position as a professor of literature has been eroded and ‘rationalised’ with the universal dilution of tertiary education. The studies of The Romantics he has published have been received with indifference, his students are uninspired, but his arrogance transcends the disappointments of his life.
He is a despicable man who does vile things, and his attitudes are appalling; he shows signs of having a personality disorder. But this is not the all of him. After leaving his post in the disgrace of the title, he goes to stay with his daughter, and it is at this point we realise that he has vulnerabilities. He loves his daughter. And later we find that he can empathise; he feels for the unfortunate animals which he has to deal in the harsh environment of rural South Africa. Circumstances punish him for his misdeeds, but in some respects he fails to learn important lessons.
The essay I had to write on his character allowed something over 2000 words, and I could have spent double – easily - on him. There is no easy summing-up possible; no classic redemption. But his flawed character is unforgettable, and its complexity challenging.
“Disgrace” is one of those enriching books which repay re-reading, and stay with the reader forever.
The friction which ensues after his daughter is burgled and, unbeknown to him, raped is both fascinating and complex, especially when the daughter decides to go ahead with the resulting pregnancy.
An engrossing, many faceted story by the eminent Mr Coetzee on a subject, I suspect, very close to his heart.
The book is very depressing: it highlights the erosion of a civilised way of life, the growing lack of respect and the widespread intolerance, not just between races, but also between generations. The book makes you realise that this is not just a South African problem, but one for all mankind.
Not recommended reading for those of a suicidal nature.