Thursday, February 19, 2009

Slow Man by J M Coetzee (21/81)

Category: 1001 Books to Read Before You Die

Retired photographer, Paul Rayment, has an accident on his bicycle that leads to him losing a leg. He becomes besotted with his nurse, and contemplates life, loneliness and love. So far so good, but then things take an unusual turn…

This is the first book I’ve read by Coetzee and I was surprised by how easily readable it was. I enjoyed the slow contemplative pace, and although I wasn’t entirely sure about the intentions behind the “twist”, I found the quality of the writing compelling. It has left me keen to read more by this author. Fortunately, he has plenty of other entries on the 1001 list!

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