1. Consider the nihilistic vision supported by Lurie and every
other character in Disgrace, perhaps with the
exception of Lucy. Is there any hope of reconciliation between
different ethnicities, sexes or even members of the same
2. After the brutal attack, the novels themes become clear.
Consider the landscape of this novel and the fact that it is still
apparent in Mandela''s South Africa.
3. Lurie, though fascinating, is not a sympathetic character.
After the attack, his abiding concern is for his daughter. Is his
love for Lucy his saving grace? And to what extent do you
sympathise with her wish not to press charges against her
4. ''There must be some niche in the system for women.'' Lurie
has made use of women and his own daughter is used in turn. Women
are the objects of punitive violence. Discuss the unswerving
pessimism in Disgrace.
5. The dog imagery throughout this novel is chilling and
indelible. Examine this figurative language. What does Lurie''s
ambivalence towards the young, injured dog at the end of the book
suggest to you?
6. The Coetzeen hero lives in a world of lawlessness, where
social structures are in chaos and morality and decency no longer
have the same currency. In Disgrace, what moral
uncertainties does Coetzee make you confront?