A searing portrait of a young colonial in early 1960s London -- from the two-time winner of the Booker Prize.
Youth's narrator, a student in 1950s South Africa, has long been plotting an escape from his native country. Studying mathematics, reading poetry, saving money, he tries to ensure that when he arrives in the real world he will be prepared to experience life to its full intensity, and transform it into art.
Arriving at last in London, however, he finds neither poetry nor romance. Instead he succumbs to the monotony of life as a computer programmer from which random, loveless affairs offer no relief. Devoid of inspiration, he stops writing and begins a dark pilgrimage in which he is continually tested and continually found wanting.
Youth is a remarkable portrait of a consciousness turning in on itself. J.M. Coetzee explores a young man's struggle to find his way in the world, with tenderness and a fierce clarity.
"Brilliant...a remarkable feat" * Sunday Times * "Only a writer as great as J. M. Coetzee is capable of infusing meditation on the spoilt hope of youth with such clarity, fluency and poise... The quality of the writing and its unflinching truthfulness make it exhilarating" * Daily Mail * "This taut novel possesses the edgy grace that has consistently marked Coetzee's work" * Irish Times * "Tightly woven, each line detonating with meaning" * Glasgow Herald * "A memorable picture of the harshness London can offer to incomers... Youth is a wonderful book: a Bildungsroman, or portrait of the artist as a young man, to rank with any in the canon" * Evening Standard *
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 6th February 2003
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 13.2 x 19.8 x 1.1
Weight (kg): 0.13
Edition Number: 1