22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Bleak and uncompromising,
By A Customer
This review is from: Disgrace (Paperback)
This is a depressing read! One by one, the ideals of a modern, liberal society - education, tolerance, justice, dignity - are stripped away. And the thin veneer of civilization gives way to the elemantal and destructive forces that lie not far beneath society's surface. It is interesting that I was left feeling that it was the white characters in the novel who had somehow been abused - that their descent into chaos was somehow more appalling than the lot of the black characters who have borne injustice for generations. Coetzee cleverly plays on our fears of the norm being overturned - however unjust - and induces helpelessness both in his white characters (the 'dogs') and his readers. This is not an enjoyable book, but it is thought provoking.
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Initial post: 24 Mar 2011 09:43:36 GMT
H Bradley says:
I totally agree. I didn't enjoy it, but it did get me thinking - good review.
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