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La vita degli animali: J. M. Coetzee, A. Gutmann, F. Cavagnoli, G. Arduini: : Books. La vita degli animali: J. M. Coetzee: Books – Available in the National Library of Australia collection. Author: Coetzee, J. M. ; Format: Book; p. ; 20 cm.

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There are other ideological issues touched upon, like the humanities, which was less satisfying in the way it was explored that’s the one brought up while she’s in Zululand – it hesitantly touched on Christian missionaries in Africa but failed to really go anywhere, almost as if that were one subject Coetzee was too tired to handle – or I should say his alter-ego in the novel, Elizabeth Costello, who pretty much says, Oh I can’t go into this today, I’m too tired.

By the final chapter I was completely flummoxed as to what the purpose of it all had been, other than to reiterate the inconstancy of belief. It comes in measured words, prompting a dawning awareness. She has been a thoughtful companion and visitor to my home. At the end of the book are four responses to Coetzee’s work.

The presentation scene itself we skip. So, in the end I guess it comes down to this: Is it because they are considered wishy-washy or vague, or, devil-take-you, subjective? It’s in this state of remove, I think, that the piece gets its novel quality of freedom. Ai personaggi di Coetzee si addice l’esitazione che paralizza o stizzisce.

Un tempo credeva nell’ebbrezza del corpo, adesso crede in qualcosa che sta per “insopprimibile spirito umano”. It is not a good idea to interrupt the narrative too often, since storytelling works by lulling the reader or listener into a dreamlike state in which the time and space of the real world fade away, superseded by the time and space of the fiction. Can I borrow this item? Order a copy Copyright or permission restrictions may apply. A novelist and literary critic as well as a translator, Coetzee has won the Booker Prize twice and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.


Costello’s objection seems coherent, and therefore it troubles me. Sadly, by shining so brightly, Singer’s commentary demonstrated how effective Coetzee’s literary device could have been and how far it fell short.

The Lives of Animals

It is filled with monologues – external in the earlier part, and internal in the latter, all of which revolve around ideas or philosophies. Which is why I blushed when I read: Coetzes powerful arguemnet skillfully fictionalised.

It questions the morality and empathy of human beings in our treatment of animals, but also engages us on a more cognitive level. I just can’t get into this book, Yes J. She should know wizened in discourse and digression. Morality and ethics come into question, but the story itself is not just a clear-cut animal rights argument; on the contrary, Costello’s lecture on animal cruelty has anything but a solid conclusion, or even solution.

The Lives of Animals by J.M. Coetzee

A novelist and literary critic as well as a translator, Coetzee has won degoi Booker Prize twice and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Jan 02, T. Reading it as a sort of literary dialectic, one is swept by Coetzee’s tight and engaging prose into central moral, philosophical and ethical issues related to the lives of animals.


And, having read this, I wondered, do I even need to bother reading the book? Thanks for telling us about the problem. You can view this on the NLA website. About halfway through this book I realised why I felt like I was on familiar ground: Animaoi all, it’s good food for thought. For its deegli, it sure knows how to captivate a reader who, quite frankly, must be tired of the same plot formats and modern global concerns on the human condition.

It also trades on the horrors of the camps in a cheap way. I read this book for my writing course, Our Animal Selves. This is my take.

That’s nonsense, of course. Dec 30, Tiffany rated it it was ok.

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The terrors of death not enough: Ambiguity – I’m in. Peter Singer Goodreads Author Contribution by.

View all 3 comments. It seems vain that the value of ones work should hinge ceotzee the yea or nay of another. A perfect strategy for writing, and, as a result, a magnificent book.

In my opinion, writing something so lacking in emotional depth or entertainment value is a terrible way to argue for the value of literature. She remains trapped there.