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Interesting concept and not easily cracked by this reader. Having five or six POVs is difficult to follow in spite of contrasting voices by characters. Read morePublished 10 months ago by RNJ
A bit of morbid self reflection but I guess it can be expected from Coetzee. As a South African one can relate to much which possibly keeps it a bit more interesting. Read morePublished 14 months ago by malcolm
The book is exceptionally well written. So much so that it leaves you with a sense, not of Summertime, but of an eternal autumn.. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Kenneth
In Summertime, his new novel, J.M. Coetzee has chosen to write about himself as if he's died and a biographer is trying to piece together a vision of the man from fragments. Read morePublished 16 months ago by J. Lee
Under the series title "Scenes from Provincial Life", the South African writer J.M. Coetzee had published two volumes of semi-fictionalized memoirs, Boyhood (1997) and... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Christopher Culver
I have read this book mesmerised by the prose and because of the contents. Coetzee allow us to glimpse some periods of his life though the vision that the author thinks other... Read morePublished on June 12, 2014 by MARIA
And it pretty much stayed spot on from there. Like his books which I like, Coetzee is sparse with his prose and sprinkles insight throughout the book. Great...Published on April 1, 2014 by BronxRev
Mr. Coetzee's books are always thought provoking and interesting.Summertime is no exception.While not a quick read;this book will make you think about us human beings and our... Read morePublished on April 1, 2014 by michael walke
After BOYHOOD and YOUTH, I expected another searing self-portrait told in calm and beautifully measured third-person. Read morePublished on January 16, 2014 by Vestal McIntyre