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Like the halting, self-interrogating consciousness of John's computers, Coetzee renders his character's inner life through a series of rhetorical questions. These lend the book a curiously existentialist air but also contribute to its slightly dilatory gait. (It feels far longer than its 170-odd pages.) Coetzee's tone is so laconic it's hard, on occasions, to be entirely certain if John's poetic ambitions should be pitied or simply laughed at. However, this novel does offer an unflinchingly acute dissection of the adolescent male psyche. --Travis Elborough, Amazon.co.uk --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Great and excellent.. I'm very confortable with this and it works in an excellent way; perfect stuff and just awesome!Published 23 months ago by Jonathan Almonte
YOUTH: SCENES FROM A PROVINCIAL LIFE II is the second installment of Coetzee's four-part fictionalized autobiography. Read morePublished on March 21, 2013 by Ethan Cooper
This is the kind of book that stays with a reader long after the final page. Coetzee once again delivers a kind of realism through words that few can achieve better.Published on November 28, 2011 by J. Smallridge
Coetzee can come across as cool, detached, and even cruel in the second installment of his autobiographical series, Youth: Scenes from a Provincial Life II. Read morePublished on September 1, 2011 by Eric Maroney
Youth is the second in Coetzee's fictionalized autobigraphical series. I read it right after reading Boyhood. Read morePublished on October 24, 2009 by Richard Pittman
This book by South African writer J. M. Coetzee is not exactly an autobiography, as it recounts a few years of his life, from about the time he was 19 to his mid 20s, during the... Read morePublished on November 13, 2008 by Andres C. Salama
Coetzee's second autobiographical novel is a story of flights and also an 'Education sentimentale'.
It is a flight from the oppressiveness of his family and the love of... Read more
It seems that Coetzee, winner of two Bookers, is taken awfully seriously. And, that this is a book based upon his own formative years, adds to that pontificating ouvre. Read morePublished on December 27, 2007 by Ernest Joselovitz
At 19-years-old, J.M. Coetzee felt he had to get away. As a white growing up in South Africa during the late 1950s, the Sharpeville Massacre and the fear of being drafted caused... Read morePublished on October 28, 2007 by S. Meyer