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Not a straightforward novel but well worth reading
on 9 October 2015
A very thought provoking book. Basically a reworking of Robinson Crusoe (Daniel Defoe's original name was Foe). It has a woman narrator who was washed ashore on a desert island where there was another castaway called Cruso already there. Susan is eventually rescued and approaches Foe to tell her story. Coetzee is more interested in looking at who controls narrative and who decides what stories should contain rather than just retelling a story. This is a postmodern novel, very intricate, complex but well worth taking time over. The ending is extremely interesting. Strongly recommended.