The Life And Times Of Michael K by J. M. CoetzeeThe Life And Times Of Michael K by J. M. Coetzee

The Life And Times Of Michael K

byJ. M. Coetzee

Paperback | March 28, 2005

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In a South Africa torn by civil war, Michael K sets out to take his mother back to her rural home. On the way there she dies, leaving him alone in an anarchic world of brutal roving armies. Imprisoned, Michael is unable to bear confinement and escapes, determined to live with dignity. Life and Times of Michael K goes to the centre of human experience -- the need for an interior, spiritual life, for some connections to the world in which we live, and for purity of vision.
J.M. Coetzee is a professor of general literature at the University of Cape Town. He is the author of seven novels, including The Master of Petersburg, and of the memoir Boyhood: Scenes from Provincial Life. His many awards include the Booker Prize in 1983 for The Life & Times of Michael K, the Prix Femina and the Irish Times Internati...
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Title:The Life And Times Of Michael KFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 7.79 × 5.09 × 0.49 inPublished:March 28, 2005Publisher:Random House UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:009947915X

ISBN - 13:9780099479154

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Overrated I liked this but I think its overrated in Coetzee's cannon - good but far from his best work.
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good but ... Not as good as some of his other books, but still miles above most that's published.
Date published: 2016-12-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Powerful and memorable J.M. Coetzee's 1983 Booker Prize winning Life & Times of Michael K has to be easily one of the most powerful, moving, and depressing books that come in shy of 200 pages. One comparison I'll draw here in terms of "depressing" content is with Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye -- just because I've read the novel a bit over a month ago. I can recall after finishing The Bluest Eye and being struck with an overwhelming sadness -- but now I can say it cannot compare to the first hundred pages dealing with K's life. What makes it so powerful is that K's story is not so unrealistic; everything here is completely believable. Coetzee offers some great philosophical introspection about living in wartime, the connection -- or, the attempted breaking of this connection -- to history, and the meaning of human life, with an emphasis on association with the land, living every day to its fullest. Yet, the actual plot here isn't amazing; it does become a bit predictable at times, and, at points, a bit slow. Yet, the novel is more about the character -- a great one at that -- in K. With that said, Life & Times of Michael K is a great novel in my opinion. Some may not enjoy the novel because of the sheer degree of violence and atrociousness contained within its pages, but a work that will certainly move some people deeply -- I recommend it.
Date published: 2010-07-14