Disgrace April 23, 2006Posted by pauzadepranz in coetze, Uncategorized.
.M. Coetze. Disgrace. 1999.
Nowhere near as good as Waiting for the Barbarians
Count the problems with the following passage:
Menstruation, childbirth, violation and its aftermath: blood-matters; a woman’s burden, women’s preserve.
Not for the first time, he wonders whether women would not be happier living in communities of women, accepting visits from men only when they choose. Perhaps he is wrong to think of Lucy as homosexual. Perhaps she simply prefers female company. Or perhaps that is all lesbians are: women who have no need of men.
No wonder they are so vehement against rape, she and Helen. Rape, god of chaos and mixture, violator of seclusions. Raping a lesbian worse than raping a virgin: more of a blow. (104-105)
Book Review By Deidre Woollard
Disgrace by J.M. Coetze
This book tells the story of David Lurie, a South African professor who, after being fired for sexual misconduct, goes to live in a remote area with his daughter. He plans to work on his Byron studies but finds himself getting involved in local dramas. After his daughter is violated by local black neighbors, David is forced to reconsider his views toward women and life in general.