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Boyhood : Scenes from provincial life - J M Coetzee


Scenes from provincial life


Published: 6th August 1998
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"A first volume of memoirs from one of South Africa's foremost men of letters. Revisiting the South Africa of half a century ago, of a boy growing up in a small country town with a father he could not respect and a mother he adored. Coetzee evokes the tensions, delights and terrors of childhood, in a world of unexplained rules he knew he must obey. "

"This life is described with such skill, such exactitude and such relentlessness that I found myself gasping for air... Coetzee has achieved something universal in his work...a fine book, probably the best description of a childhood I have ever read" * The Times * "As funny, cruel and terrifying as life itself. It is also intense and elegant, clearly the product of the complex, subtle imagination which shapes Coetzee's outstanding fiction... As austerely beautiful as would be expected of Coetzee the artist...its aloof, edgy grace and seething passion ensure the narrative is both truthful and mysterious" * Irish Times * "Boyhood is a deeply-felt and utterly compelling account of a South African childhood: the narrative style is as spare and lean as the Karoo flatlands which form its backdrop" * Daily Telegraph * "The economy with which Coetzee makes sense of his past is evidence, once again, of his outstanding talent" * Independent on Sunday * "An uncannily accurate picture of the way things were in South Africa" * Literary Review *

J M Coetzee

J.M. Coetzee's work includes Waiting For the Barbarians, Life & Times of Michael K, Boyhood, Youth, Disgrace and Diary of a Bad Year. He was the first author to win the Booker Prize twice and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2003.

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ISBN: 9780099268277
ISBN-10: 0099268272
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 6th August 1998
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.0 x 13.2  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.13
Edition Number: 1