[Reading] ➸ Life and Times of Michael K ➮ J.M. Coetzee – Anguillais.us

Life and Times of Michael K 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.

[Reading] ➸ Life and Times of Michael K  ➮ J.M. Coetzee – Anguillais.us
  • Paperback
  • 192 pages
  • Life and Times of Michael K
  • J.M. Coetzee
  • English
  • 18 October 2019
  • 009947915X

    10 thoughts on “[Reading] ➸ Life and Times of Michael K ➮ J.M. Coetzee – Anguillais.us


  1. says:

    Just a few words, a first stepLife and Times of Michael K completely lived up to what I expected from J.M Coetzee, after having been overwhelmed by his Disgrace It is muchthan the slow thinking Michael K It is about his inner strenght and his search for survival, in a world in which we are eminently alone But it goes beyond even that, it is about the depths one can rea...


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    Three allegoric movements compose this symphonic tale, whose inert melody is inwardly repeated in a concentric canon of voices where character, writer and reader create a fused metanarration alternating rhythms of disquiet, frigidity and discomfort.It all starts with bafflement.Michael K is an outsider with a harelip, a defective soul whom people take for an indolent moron, a wooden man thrown into the battlefield of life with a past as opaque as his present and as elusive as his future.I read s Three allegoric movements compose this symphonic tale, whose inert melody is inwardly repeated in a concentric canon of voices where character, writer and reader create a fused metanarration alternating rhythms of disquiet, frigidity and discomfort.It all starts with bafflement.Michael K is an outsider with a harelip, a defective soul whom people take for an indolent moron, a wooden man thrown into the battlefield of life with a past as opaque as his present and as elusive as his future.I read subjugated, tempted to dissect such specimen to find a logical explanation but the text acts as a mirror showing a reflection of myself that is...


  3. says:

    Ask me to pronounce verdict on a work of literature flaunting mere self indulgent wordplay, revelling in its own brand of avant gardism, which stops short of making a powerful statement on our troubled times, and my response to it is likely to be lukewarm Ask me to judge a book dissecting the greater human quandary with keen insight but in stilted prose, and my reaction will possibly beor less the same But give me a story capable of dismantling all the divides of race, culture, political Ask me to pronounce verdict on a work of literature flaunting mere self indulgent wordplay, revelling in its own brand of avant gardism, which stops short of making a powerful statement on our troubled times, and my response to it is likely to be lukewarm Ask me to judge a book dissecting the greater human quandary with keen insight but in stilted prose, and my reaction will possibly beor less the same But give me a story capable of dismantling all the divides of race, culture, political religious indoctrination, time and space, encompassing all the inner contradictions of our existence into a compelling commentary on human follies that elicits a very visceral, emotional response, and my being won over is practically guaranteed.Reading Michael K s tale took me on one such heart breaking, metaphorical journey, at the culmination of which I realized that pitying the innocen...


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    This review dedicated to Ya Boy I ma sip this, you do the rest The Community of Misery Misery loves company I ve always kind of really hated that expression because rightly or not I ve usually deciphered the unsettling subtext whenever it s employed i.e., that people experiencing misfortunes or enduring profound unhappiness prefer that others are likewise afflicted When I was younger, for instance, my father, a nouveau riche who absurdly prided himself on the mythologized p This review dedicated to Ya Boy I ma sip this, you do the rest The Community of Misery Misery loves company I ve always kind of really hated that expression because rightly or not I ve usually deciphered the unsettling subtext whenever it s employed i.e., that people experiencing misfortunes or enduring profound unhappiness prefer that others are likewise afflicted When I was younger, for instance, my father, a nouveau riche who absurdly prided himself on the mythologized poverty of his youth, was fond of the saying, I used to be sad because I had no shoes, but then I met a man who had no feet As a grossly insensitive that is to say, normal child, the idea of a footless man was greatly humorous to me, so the moral was lost I was too ...


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    266 The Life And Times of Michael K, J.M Coetzee 2012 266 The Life And Times of Michael K, J.M Coetzee 2012


  6. says:

    I have been thinking how much a good book is like an organic thing When the proper level of alchemical transformation is reached between a skilled author at the top of his game and a reader with the proper level of receptivity and empathy then something new and wonderful is birthed You are no longer dealing with some pulped paper glued together with some artful or not cover protecting its frail glyphs but you are in the presence of something larger, vaster and infinitelysacred than just I have been thinking how much a good book is like an organic thing When the proper level of alchemical transformation is reached between a skilled author at the top of his game and a reader with the proper level of receptivity and empathy then something new and wonderful is birthed You are no longer dealing with some pulped paper glued together with some artful or not cover protecting its frail glyphs but you are in the presence of something larger, vaster and infinitelysac...


  7. says:

    CONTAINS SPOILERS I.E HIGHLY INSULTING REMARKS ABOUT THE LAST PART OF THE BOOK Uh oh Last thing I want to do is fall out with my bookfacingoodreadinfingerlickin friends such as Donald and Jessica, both of whom think this is so good you have to invent a new word for it, good just isn t good enough, brilliant is almost an insult So as you can tell, I didn t share those views I was so gripped by this book, couldn t wait to get back and finish it today, and then i hit the Doctor s Tale las CONTAINS SPOILERS I.E HIGHLY INSULTING REMARKS ABOUT THE LAST PART OF THE BOOK Uh oh Last thing I want to do is fall out with my bookfacingoodreadinfingerlickin friends such as Donald and Jessica, both of whom think this is so good you have to invent a new word for it, good just isn t good enough, brilliant is almost an insult So as you can tell, I didn t share those views I was so gripped by this book, couldn t wait to get back and finish it today, and then i hit the Doctor s Tale last third and the whole thing fell apart like an overripe pumpkin I loved all the Robinson Crusoe meets Knut Hamsun in apartheid South Africa But I didn t love the Doctor s contorted vapourisings on the subject of lowly Michael K In fact I wanted to Fast Forward very badly But I had to see where all this handwringing and misunderestimating and fancypants codswallop was leading to Seems to me that the Doctor is a horrible Sock Puppet through which the Author can write us a ghastly sof...


  8. says:

    During a civil war in South Africa, Michael K., a simple man born with a harelip, tries to get help for his sick mother then, after she dies, he attempts to take her ashes to the farm where she grew up.There s something powerful yet elusive about this short novel by Nobel laureate J.M Coetzee As in his other Booker Prize winning novel, Disgrace , this fictional world is simultaneously familiar and nightmarish.The spirit of Franz Kafka hovers over the book in the protagonist s name think of During a civil war in South Africa, Michael K., a simple man born with a harelip, tries to get help for his sick mother then, after she dies, he attempts to take her ashes to the farm ...


  9. says:

    War is the father of all and king of all Some he shows as gods, others as men Some he makes slaves and others, free But how does one differentiate between The Slave and The Free Is that Man a slave, whose captivity by the victor frees him of his worldly expectations Or should we call that Man, free who has no kin to bother about since they have all been enslaved in the war fire Is it possible to live a life without succumbing to either side ...


  10. says:

    Obviously there re a lot of people out there who write much better than I do, and in this way I feel writing s similar to distance running I can run a passable marathon, though of course a lot of amateur runners out there run a much faster one I m impressed by people who run faster than I can, just as I am by those who write better than me These people are humbling, but they re also inspiring reading good writing or watching good running makes me want to write better and run faster It s hea Obviously there re a lot of people out there...

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