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YOUTH: SCENES FROM PROVINCIAL LIFE II

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Youth: Scenes from Provincial Life II

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
J.M. Coetzee
publisher:
Viking
genre:
Nonfiction

We gave it an A-

Coetzee created the scorchingly realized castaways of the Booker-winning must-reads The Life and Times of Michael K and Disgrace. His latest memoir reveals how he did it: by making a castaway of himself when he was in his early 20s, isolating himself first at home in South Africa and then in London, all the while pursuing math and computers when he burned for poetry. By referring to himself only in the third person (as he did in his first memoir, Boyhood), ”he” manages to make fun of his own youthful agony at the same time he elevates it to art.