Diary of A Bad Year

Diary of A Bad Year

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An Australian author who is in his seventies hires a desireable young woman to type his manuscript, but she has an intelligent and jealous boyfriend.
Publisher: London : Harvill Secker, 2007
ISBN: 9781846551208
184655120X
Branch Call Number: FIC Coetz 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 231 p

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olpastel
Aug 05, 2012

Coetzee is sincere in this book and that's refreshing in this dyin age. A very interesting thinker. His thoughts on quietism are comforting and provide company in a strange atomized way, his deliberate compassion makes him relatable. Beyond compare, I would agree with author226's comments (and thanks for providing the run-down).

author226 Nov 15, 2011

Not the common type of book!
Two parallel lines through it: 1. opinions on different matters, such as politics, authors, photographers, children, ageing, water, fire and endless other ones… 2. The acquaintance with a young pretty lady who ...types the old writer’s manuscript. The opinions are at times lengthy compared to what goes on with the lives of the characters but that somehow raises the tension and interest to move through the pages.
As for the storytelling: The STRENGTH of the word is magnificent! And somehow there is the sound of a typewriter (though the computer is what is really used to type the pages) – distant – always existent when reading line upon line… Maybe because of the young woman the writer hires to type his manuscript, maybe because each word sounds so strong it almost hits the paper with the metal fingers of the typing machine…
Definitely a unique signature!

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