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4.0 out of 5 stars A meditation on death and the claims of writing
Elizabeth Costello is an aging novelist, resident (like Coetzee) in Australia, celebrated primarily for work now long in the past, and tied hand and foot to the celebrity circuit of lectures and honorary awards. The chapters of the books are episodes from her life as she moves towards death, shedding certain abiding concerns and finding that others emerge with...
Published on 4 Sept. 2011 by Paul Bowes

3.0 out of 5 stars Coetzee in a drag
I came to Coetzee after a decade with this deceptively slim title. Coetzee's prose and observations still have that vice-like effect on me, and I was almost breathless turning page after page watching him muse via his lead character, Costello. I finished the book in one evening, but could recollect next to nothing the next morning, hence a rather curious book: Fabulously...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kafka, vegetarianism, Hitler, death, 5 Oct. 2003
Michael K (Cambridge, UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Elizabeth Costello (Hardcover)
Coetzee is without a doubt one of the most brilliant living writers in the English language; "Elizabeth Costello" extends his canon further into greatness, by way of Franz Kafka and intense mortal introspection. The book appears on the surface to be a curious sort of "autobiography" - the central character is a famous writer who left Africa for Australia, who doesn't like the public but adores Kafka, but is female, is a creative spent force and has a nun for a sister. "Elizabeth Costello" starts as a mixture of near travelogue and vegetarian didactism, moves ever closer to death through Kafka, with asides on evil, ending curiously in pure Kafka. On balance I found this a depressing book, albeit beautifully written.
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Elizabeth Costello by J M Coetzee (Paperback - 2 Sept. 2004)
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