Boyhood (2020)

Boyhood J.M. Coetzee Boyhood Coetzee grew up in a new development north of Cape Town tormented by guilt and fear With a father he despised and a mother he both adored and resented he led a double life the brilliant and well be
  • Title: Boyhood
  • Author: J.M. Coetzee
  • ISBN: 9780140265668
  • Page: 398
  • Format: Paperback
Boyhood J.M. Coetzee Coetzee grew up in a new development north of Cape Town, tormented by guilt and fear With a father he despised, and a mother he both adored and resented, he led a double life the brilliant and well behaved student at school, the princely despot at home, always terrified of losing his mother s love His first encounters with literature, the awakenings of sexual desire, andCoetzee grew up in a new development north of Cape Town, tormented by guilt and fear With a father he despised, and a mother he both adored and resented, he led a double life the brilliant and well behaved student at school, the princely despot at home, always terrified of losing his mother s love His first encounters with literature, the awakenings of sexual desire, and a growing awareness of apartheid left him with baffling questions and only in his love of the high veld farms are places of freedom, of life could he find a sense of belonging Bold and telling, this masterly evocation of a young boy s life is the book Coetzee s many admirers have been waiting for, but never could have expected.
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  1. Ahmad Sharabiani

    Boyhood Scenes from Provincial Life 1 , J.M Coetzee 2006 1383 184 1393 142 9786007443088 20 1393 194 9789647822725

  2. David

    Inside the front cover of Coetzee s Boyhood, in the police line up of ejaculatory blurbs which I tend to find outrageously embarrassing The Atlanta Journal Constitution is alleged to have called the book a liturgy of wisdom Like me, you probably have a hunch that The Atlanta Journal Constitution was the pimply faced geek in school who never had a date and spent his lunch hour doing geometric proofs with the head of the math department Newsday, meanwhile, says it s comprised of pithy urgent sente [...]

  3. notgettingenough

    Make note to learn something about South African history and culture It does the reader no favours to be as ignorant as I while reading this.Underline note of some years ago to read Disgrace Watched twice, but still not read Boyhood has given me an idea as to how one might understand the odd scenario of that book, woman raped by black men and consequently pregnant, determines to become the 3rd wife of one of the rapists Perhaps this will afford her some degree of safety and the possibility of st [...]

  4. Lukasz Pruski

    I find it amazing that there can be so much content in a 166 page book, and that the result is so spellbinding and perfect J.M Coetzee s Boyhood scenes from provincial life is a portrait of the author as a 10 year old boy growing up in South Africa I have never read a insightful analysis of a child s thinking and emerging personality well, it is hard to find this level of psychological profundity in any writing At the same time, the novel gives an amazingly rich and deep depiction of the South [...]

  5. Ravi Gangwani

    Coetzee, for me is really an angel He knows how to touch the heart Most of the sections of the book were so absorbing that I felt the need to pause for a moment to breath His tender heart, Summer Vacations on farms, money crisis of childhood, love for books, sport fanaticism, bully kids in school, attention on wealthy kids in school, scout guiding, differences between Catholics and Jews, mother s love and her sacrifices for him, fantasies during school days for sex and how babies come, the blood [...]

  6. Marica

    Una savana brucata dagli erbivoriLa copertina mostra fiumi azzurri e verdi boschi, ma l infanzia di Coetzee ricorda di pi una savana brucata accuratamente dagli erbivori Come si dice parafrasando, i periodi felici non hanno storia, quelli infelici hanno bisogno di parole per essere elaborati e se possibile superati cos Coetzee ci racconta la sua infelice infanzia, con una precisione e senso della misura ammirevoli Era un bambino intelligente che analizzava attentamente le dinamiche familiari, su [...]

  7. Martin

    Everything I read from Coetzee has a profound impact on me His words are so cutting, direct, affective, sincere, clear and concise His ability to draw me in, paint a picture and transport me to wherever and whatever he is writing about astounds me This is an autobiographical work with Coetzee himself as the narrator, referring to himself in the book as he I really like this approach because he is telling the reader about his life and the experiences that formed the man that he is today but as an [...]

  8. David Schaafsma

    Boyhood is the name of a film by Richard Linklater that most people feel is one of the best of this past year, and I haven t seen it yet It is not based on this memoir, which I guess might be classified as creative nonfiction, too, because it is written in the third person It s the first of three so far in a series of growing up memoirs, followed by Youth and Summerime, both of which I purchased in hardcover just as they came out and have been gathering dust on my shelf ever almost ever since Co [...]

  9. Eric

    These scenes from provincial life far exceeded my expectations JMC has written well about his youth and various lasting images of his youth especially the racial diversity of his home that breeds deep racism even in early ages where the Afrikaans speak funny but view all whites of the boy s background as untrusted Jews There is a piercing discussion of the boy s parents His mother runs the house and he is thankful for this fact His father is second rate at all he does and finds various versions [...]

  10. Billy

    My first Coetzee I take it you re supposed to start with Waiting for the Barbarians or Michael K but I just pulled this off our shelf apparently C found it abandoned on the sidewalk a few years back, which is mildly poetic considering how this ends It s in the form of a childhood memoir, but the nostalgia is not moist eyed It s a look back at a period in his early adolescent when his sense of separate selfhood developed, when he emerged to be something than a target of his mother s affections, [...]

  11. David

    This is Coetzee s memoir It leaves you with little doubt about why Coetzee writes Very unusual and enjoyable sentence construction throughout third person, present tense, always in reference to his 10 year old self Nothing is idealized, nothing overly vague This is a young, sometimes Afrikaner, pretend Catholic kid that grows up relatively comfortably in a place with a lot of social strife and with parents he resents It turns him inward, sharply, he probably has no other way out Something is cha [...]

  12. Dagio_maya

    Tutto ci che fa a Worcester, a casa o a scuola, lo porta a credere che l infanzia non sia nient altro che un periodo in cui bisogna stringere i denti e resistere Viene da una famiglia anomala della quale vergognarsi, dove non solo non si picchiano i bambini, ma ci si rivolge agli anziani chiamandoli con il nome di battesimo, e dove nessuno va in chiesa e le scarpe si portano tutti i giorni Ecco il racconto dell infanzia del futuro Nobel Coetzee dal momento in cui si trasfer con la famiglia da Ci [...]

  13. Tanya

    A review of one of Coetzee s novel on the cover of this book says something to the effect that Coetzee will never comfort, but he will always tell the truth I ve read Coetzee as a study of shame and always attached that to the history of South Africa This memoir, Boyhood, with unflinching honesty takes us into Coetzee s home, where shame is personal and less but not completely a political Coetzee, here and in his novels demands an honest and unflinching eye, a willingness to bear witness to our [...]

  14. Alejandro Teruel

    A massive slab of my childhood was spent as an outsider in the UK, a quarter of a century after Coetzee s childhood in South Africa, yet so much of his world resembles so much of mine, the affinity is startling and unsettling the alienness of the adult world, the brittle childish sense of solipsism, a deep, unutterable love of a place in nature, the remote otherness of other children, the ambivalent need to distance feelings, the yearning to shine, the addiction to reading, the treacherous vicin [...]

  15. محمد كلفت

    An intimate history of a white boy growing in the 1940s 50s South Africa A pied noir in Africa stuck there A tender foot at school one day to survive with the eternal wound.Many facets emerge from this personal history and many layers constitute it family, racism, sexuality, memory and knowledge, all in a colonial context.A remarkable narration and use of stream of consciousness, with a deeply psychoanalytic self portraiture, lifting the debris of one s own childhood No wonder it gives the impre [...]

  16. Babak Fakhamzadeh

    Boyhood is a short novel on Coetzee s youth, growing up in the Western Cape Beautifully written, it s very gripping, but it took me a while to grasp the point of the novel As with most biographies, there s no real story arc, no real plot, but that s not the point Coetzee shows how he, as a boy, struggled with the meaning of his being, questioning everything and not understanding anything On the last page of the book, Coetzee makes a small revelation on his reasons for writing He alone is left to [...]

  17. Daniel Kukwa

    This book veers between fascinating terrifying Fascinating because the voice of the young boy in question possibly an autobiography of the author is so strong, so vivid, and so evocative, that it may very well be the most realistic presentation of a young boy in all modern fiction However, it s also terrifying in the depiction of the boy s hates, loathings, secrets, and opinions, especially towards his mother Coetzee gives us a character with the perceptiveness of an adult, trapped in the body o [...]

  18. Adriana

    Trat un mont n de veces de hacer una rese a de este libro que no sonara demasiado cursi La verdad es que me encanta leer sobre frica, el suelo rojo, los mosquitos, la noche en la veranda, el calor, los hormigueros gigantes de termitas, la amenaza de animales salvajes, las relaciones entre blancos y negros, entre nativos y europeos Debe ser por la cantidad de cuentos y novelitas situadas en las colonias que nos hac an leer en la escuela que algunas veces pasaban en India, varias en Australia, cas [...]

  19. Jaclyn Shore

    I love the writing of J.M Coetzee He writes about a life I can relate to and topics that interest me, mainly the experiences of different people in South Africa, especially regarding issues such as race, culture and otherness , as well as personal development.In this short book Coetzee writes about what he knows, as he tells the story of his own childhood growing up in a poor family during apartheid in South Africa, in a time where fathers were feared and liberal thinking frowned upon I found th [...]

  20. Marcello S

    Mi ci voluto un po per penetrare lo stile refrattario, monocorde e feroce di Coetzee E non direi nemmeno di esserci riuscito del tutto.Ci sono pochissimi dialoghi a delineare il rapporto tempestoso coi genitori, quello con i parenti, l esperienza scolastica.Le questioni preponderanti dell identit e della religione Anche se in certi momenti ho pensato non fa per me, potrei pure fermarmi qui , in realt alla fine ammetto di aver sub to un certo fascino e credo legger altro di suo 70 100

  21. Liz Estrada

    Sorry, but just couldn t get into the rhythm or lack thereof of this novel Found the writing bland and jagged and the third person narration dull and insipid Very disappointed for it had come highly recommended Have two other of his books and will still give them a try and hope the author uses a different writing style, to my liking.

  22. Tittirossa

    Coetzee riporta ad atmosfere di romanzi di formazione, adolescenziali Anche se c qualcosa nella sua scrittura che sembra sempre sottintendere ad una metafora altra , come se tutto quello che scrive si riferisse alla condizione del SudAfrica.

  23. Nevena Kotarac

    De a tvo je poku aj da se bude iskren prema sopstvenom djetinjstvu D on odrasta u misti nom i nezanimljivom gradi u Vusteru Njegova svakodnevnica ispunjena je odlascima u kolu, potragom za igrom, trenucima koje provodi sa porodicom, snovima Me utim, to je i doba pitanja i bolnih isku enja On je najbolji ak u koli ali nikada do kraja prilago en Mo da je to zbog njegovih roditelja Jer, njegovi roditelji nisu normalni Nikada ga ne tuku, a ini se i da ga uvijek shvataju ozbiljno Koliko zna, drugi ro [...]

  24. Chalchihut

    My knowledge about South Africa, Apartheid and Afrikaans are consisted of a little bit of Nelson Mandela, District 9 movie and Charlize Theron speaking Afrikaans on youtube, respectively Reading Coetzee is a news to me and my ignorance has been weakened a bit .I have read somewhere that Coetzee is quite a silent person During a meeting he didn t talk a word, he s way too disciplined, he cycles to be healthy, barely smiles, he hasn t even gone to get a prize he won and he never eats meat, neither [...]

  25. Trent

    21 2011 This book is 166pg It took me a year to finish it Why Don t know I m a finicky reader at best Seeing it amidst my stacks of books last night I decided enough s enough and knocked out the last 70pgs This, Coetzee s first of three creative memoirs, has all the hallmarks of things I love an exotic locale, coming of age tale, life details of a literary great however, the oddest thing happened every time I picked up this slim book I felt weighed down by the writing, a sense of claustrophobia [...]

  26. Alexandra Bradan

    While I proceed with the reading, I was surprised by the commonality between the little protagonist and myself at the same age Even if our backgrounds are quite different I don t come from a small town in South Africa indeed I used to live in a degradeted village in Roumania , I was intrigued by the protagonist s behaviours and his approach to life, because they resembled so much mine He begings to think about himself as one of those spiders that live in a hole in the ground with a trapdoor Alwa [...]

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