The Schooldays of Jesus (Paperback)J. M. Coetzee (author)
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Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016
When you travel across the ocean on a boat, all your memories are washed away and you start a completely new life. That is how it is. There is no before. There is no history. The boat docks at the harbour and we climb down the gangplank and we are plunged into the here and now. Time begins.
David is the small boy who is always asking questions. Simon and Ines take care of him in their new town Estrella. He is learning the language; he has begun to make friends. He has the big dog Bolivar to watch over him. But he'll be seven soon and he should be at school. And so, David is enrolled in the Academy of Dance. It's here, in his new golden dancing slippers, that he learns how to call down the numbers from the sky. But it's here too that he will make troubling discoveries about what grown-ups are capable of.
In this mesmerising allegorical tale, Coetzee deftly grapples with the big questions of growing up, of what it means to be a parent, the constant battle between intellect and emotion, and how we choose to live our lives.
Born in Cape Town to Afrikaner parents, J.M. Coetzee is one of the most prestigious novelists of the last century. His first novel, Dusklands, was published in 1974. He was the first author to be awarded the Booker Prize twice, the first for The Life and Times of Michael K. in 1983 and the second for Disgrace in 1999. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2003.
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 192 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 17 mm
"Brilliant...tenaciously absorbing" * Daily Telegraph *
"It is written with the coolness and limpidity that makes Coetzee a master... There were moments where I found it almost too affecting to read" -- David Sexton * Evening Standard *
"It's compulsively enigmatic but surprisingly funny too." * Metro *
"Coetzee doesn't want to be understood, or explained. He wants, merely, to be read. The Schooldays of Jesus is, indeed, very readable" * The Times *
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