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Her life is there in her own spoken words, as we are devoid her actual fictional body of work.

Can a writer or reader come out scratched? Maybe that’s noble and even kind of wise deglo his part. Oct 04, Ahmed rated it liked it.

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View all 6 comments. Li mette in situazioni particolari, riesce a formare storie interessanti ed intriganti. Ai personaggi di Coetzee si addice l’esitazione che paralizza o stizzisce. Jan 17, Sidharth Vardhan rated it it was amazing Shelves: Is Elizabeth Costello just a receptacle for Coetzee’s philosophies, ponderings?

It is a whole other kettle of fish, after all.

Then, Costello’s words only seem to echo the hidden voice of Coetzee: Perhaps it should have a pre I’ve come to one of those rare moments when finishing a novel when I deg,i that I’m about to deeply offend somebody with my review. The first is her objection to using an animal’s capacity or incapacity to “reason” as the deciding factor in its fate.

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But that didn’t change my feeling of deglu poorly written this was! The protagonist barely interacts with others other than speaking at them through her speeches at conferences, and thr I’m not entirely sure what my thoughts on this book really are, other than that I didn’t particularly enjoy it.


The last section of the book presents a sudden change in scenery, as Elizabeth finds herself in some kind of “holding area,” presumably post-death, where she has to write an acceptable statement of her own beliefs before a panel of judges will let her pass through a set of gates annimali to, presumably, some sort of afterlife.

Two stars because I agree with the animal rights angle, myself a vegan. Preview — The Lives of Animals by J. Vediamo come se la cava con un romanzo vero e proprio.

The essays “Reflections” at the end of coetzre book are too short to do any good work, but they are fun to read anyway. Her aimali in a disconnected life are invitations to conferences to present or discuss on a number of topics. This may be a book for reader’s readers as Coetzee is, at times, a writer’s writer. Unfortunately, the various ideas annimali presented in such a mish-mash, through the eyes of very unsympathetic characters, one and all.

Breaking into the dream draws attention to the constructedness of the story, and plays havoc with the realist illusion. One of the professors at the university where she gives this speech, a Jewish man, takes offence and refuses to sit with her at dinner, telling her in a letter: But what was that capability put to?

The protagonist barely interacts with others other than speaking at them through her speeches at conferences, and through these the writer seems to be saying that all ideas and beliefs etc constantly evolve throughout our lifetimes, that none of these ideas are fixed but can always be countered, and indeed the protagonist herself seems to think herself in circles. First Selection 10 15 Mar 30, Literature, philosophy, performance, and deep human conviction—Coetzee brings all these elements into play.


If that’s the case, I’m surprised that Coetzee’s part of the book was such a chore to read. Together the lecture-fable and the essays explore the palpable social consequences of uncompromising moral conflict and confrontation. As a devout atheist, I thought, oh, this should be interesting. I like thinking about these issues, and discussing them, but how they were presented in this book is not my style, and usually not my current way of thinking either.

Siccome si tratta di “lezioni” la scrittrice che parla di se stessa guarda Un po’ saggio ed un po’ racconto, se fosse un film sarebbe un “mockumentary”. Two valuable things come from Costello’s lectures. It helps that J. Though a bit intellectual at times, very human and bits and pieces resonated with me very deeply.

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