Boyhood: scenes from provincial life
Coetzee has been reluctant to talk about himself. Now, revisiting the South Africa of a half century ago, he writes about his childhood and his own interior life. Boyhood 's young narrator grew up in a new development north of Cape Town, tormented by guilt and fear. With a father he did not respect, and a mother he both adored and resented, he led a double life -- at school the brilliant and well-behaved student, at home the princely despot, always terrified of losing his mother's love. His first encounters with literature, the awakenings of sexual desire, and a growing awareness of apartheid left him with baffling questions; and only in his love of the veld ('farms are places of freedom, of life') could he find a sense of belonging. Bold and telling, this masterly evocation of a young boy's life is the book Coetzee's many admirers have been waiting for, but never could have expected.
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|Grouping Title||boyhood scenes from provincial life|
|Grouping Author||coetzee j m|
|Last Grouping Update||2018-10-10 01:06:21AM|
|Last Indexed||2019-12-06 02:13:08AM|
|author||Coetzee, J. M., 1940-|
|author_display||Coetzee, J. M|
|detailed_location_pitkin||Pitkin County Library|
|owning_library_pitkin||Pitkin County Library|
|subject_facet||Authors, South African -- 20th century -- Biography|
Coetzee, J. M., -- 1940-
|title_display||Boyhood : scenes from provincial life|
|title_full||Boyhood : scenes from provincial life / J.M. Coetzee|
|title_sub||scenes from provincial life|
|topic_facet||Authors, South African|
Coetzee, J. M