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patchy and lacking in clarity,
This review is from: Elizabeth Costello (Paperback)
Many of the reviewers of this book have pointed to the fact that Coetzee crowbars in a variety of his own philosophical positions into a narrative, and that plot and character development suffer as a result. It seems to be commonly considered that the philosophy is very engaging and thought-provoking, though. As a philosopher, I have to say that the philosophy itself is very patchy and lacking in clarity itself, never mind the plot. The discussion of animal rights in particular - the issue Coetzee spends by far the most time on - is actually extremely hard to pin down, and it is far from clear which elements of it, if any, are novel.