Coetzee is a master of putting very complex stories into simple packagings.
There is the magistrate, the hero of our story, talking with the only named man, the truly faceless torturer who believes in the unconditional power of the empire.
In the regime at the time, such was the situation, South Africa, like so many other places has been a war torn place for a very long time.
Not an easy read but an interesting story into characters. I loved it.Published 12 days ago by Noel Holub
What a powerful piece of prose! The main character is a anti-hero, a magistrate in an outpost of an Empire; he's been there for twenty years and has elapsed into a kind of routine. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Marc L
This was a great book despite having read it a bunch of times, each through a different literary lens. Who are the barbarians? Read morePublished 2 months ago by roxy
At the start of this book, you feel like you have an idea what's going on--some kind of parable or morality play in some mythical country--and you feel sort of beyond it: what can... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Deb Oestreicher
Loved this book. Very compelling, thought provoking and written in Coetzee's trademark crystalline prose. Read morePublished 5 months ago by A Ryan
In a stinging critique of colonialism, Coetzee examines the inner struggles of a midlevel bureaucrat caught between life and the idiocy of the mindset in creating the other.Published 5 months ago by notverysuttle
Yes, barbarians indeed. Who are the barbarians, and who are the 'civilized'? If the 'civilized' compel the subjection of the barbarians with the power of state-sanctioned violence,... Read morePublished 5 months ago by marianne trudeau
This was the first book by Coetzee that I have read. I was immediately impressed by his wonderful ability to immerse the reader in atmosphere of the story and the plight of its... Read morePublished 6 months ago by S Svendsen