J.M. Coetzee Message Board

moussa savané posts on 2/21/2007 11:12:05 AM Hello Mr. Coetzee. My name is Moussa Savané. I am a student of post-graduted level of gaston Berger University in Senegal (Africa) It's an honor for me to write you this email. First of all, I would like to let you know that I have been really impressed by Waiting for the the Barbarians after I read it for the first time. Currently I am writing a short article about the book and maybe you might want to have a look at it. If that is the case let me know and I will send it to you. I actually believe that the book is a faithful testimony of psychological and physical oppression in colonial Africa. Hopefully I will be able to read your other books that sound also very captivating.
Sofia posts on 11/12/2006 9:39:35 PM Hello Mr. Coetzee, I am reading "age of Iron" for my CORE class at the university of richmond. I liked the novel so much, but meanwhile I have come across a confussion getting the relationship of the man with the Alcoholic Man. Is he a real human being or is am angel of death. what is the relatioship between them? hope to get an answer. Regards
Augusto posts on 11/17/2005 11:51:53 PM The Master of Petersburg does have resemblances to Dostoevsky's novel, doesn't it? I'm just finishing the Russian's huge novel and it is a big one, quality speaking. Well, I'll post something else when I find out about it.

nina posts on 11/17/2005 5:51:55 PM I read Master of Petersburg last month because Coetzee has always been recommended to me and I am a huge Dostoevsky fan. The novel was amazing, I can't wait to read The Possessed again by Dostoevsky, to which it seems to make allusions most often (I believe Naechev was the inspiration for Pyotor Verkhovensky). The day after I finished it I picked up Disgrace which was such an incredibly, skillfully written novel but so disturbing. What his daughter Lucy had decided to accept at the end; it really got to me.
Marta Garay posts on 10/3/2005 4:54:48 PM Hello, Olubunmi. I've just finished reading Waiting for the Barbarians and I agree with you. In this novel we get to know about a caotic South Africa invaded by racism, arrogance and repression. It shows how the protagonist is tortured just because he's been kind and has shown good feelings towards those who are considered enemies. A wonderfully written novel that all of us should read.
Olubunmi alimi posts on 10/3/2005 8:32:18 AM I loved the book, it kept me going until i finished it. everyone has something to learn from the book especially people from underdeveloped countries whose great grandfathers were under the opperession and torture of the colonies. thanks for a great book.
Augusto Wong Campos posts on 7/5/2005 1:54:50 PM Hi Marta, my email is dougmoench@hotmail, and I'm a Peruvian student of Literature in Lima. I have most of Coetzee's books and would enjoy so much to talk to you, in Spanish of course.
Marta Garay posts on 7/4/2005 7:57:30 PM Dear Sir, I've already read four of your books, Elizabeth Costello, Life and Times of Michael K, Disgrace and Age of Iron and I've been caught by your writing style. I teach Literature in English in Buenos Aires,Argentina and I'm working with my students analysing them. I'd like to express openly that these books are really great modern masterpieces, beautiful books full of critical insight and they're also a tribute to the mystery and power of the language. Thanks so much!!! It'd be an honour to get a few lines from you, Mr Coetzee. Yours Sincerely Marta Garay
Augusto Wong Campos posts on 6/28/2005 2:21:45 PM Coetzee's whole Fiction is a marvellous discovery for novel readers. I recommend, as Pamela Morgan has done, to start with 'Disgrace, which surprisingly has turned into Coetzee's most accessible work (and winner of the Booker Prize, the most important literary award in Britain), and then move on with the one I consider his greatest masterpiece, 'Waiting for the barbarians'. Then 'The Master of Petersburg' is a good one, with Dostoevsky as main character, and then, as a reader's interest for Coetzee grows, one could try 'Foe', a retelling of Robinson Crusoe from a woman character's pov; 'Elizabeth Costello, a more intellectual approach to the novel, and the others are, well, minor indeed: 'Age of iron' (1990), 'In the heart of the country' (1977) and 'Dusklands' (his first novel, 1974) don't make the grade for the simple reason that Coetzee is looking for a way to express himself in the form of a dramatic story, and he's no Beckett, an author he's written about. Well, I hope this note will be useful.
Pamela Morgan posts on 6/27/2005 7:47:39 PM I shall never forget when the Proffessor met a prostitute, he met her every Wednesday and said, 'Wednesdays became the oasis in the desert of my week"..or words to that effect, it's been such a long time since I read that book..I loved it, such a turn of phrase...woderful
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