Saturday, February 07, 2009


Disgrace by J. M. Coetzee

Disgrace is a difficult book to describe. It was a much quicker read that I expected. It's well-written, spare and taut. Set in contemporary South African, the novel is about disgrace on a number of different levels. The subjects it addresses (including prejudice, rape, the harsh reality of rural life in South Africa) are not easy, but it seems impossible to tear oneself away from the story. Above all, Coetzee is honest and the novel offers no real solutions.


  1. I believe I have this one on my wishlist. Did you feel cheated by the ending, since you say no solutions were offered?

  2. Not really. I mean, it's literary fiction so I wasn't expecting a happy ending or any kind of resolution.