An important read
by MickyP on January 21, 2008One can see why the Nobel Prize for Literature was bestowed on Coetzee?s when they read this novel. Even though this story was written over twenty years ago, the themes and narrative are most salient to today?s society. A flawed protagonist struggles in a ubiquitous empire confronting an equally ubiquitous unknown enemy. His dilemma is Kafkaesque but his actions and emotions give the reader an experience only Coetzee can offer. Concepts of orientalism and the dehumanisation of ?the other? forces the reader to confront their own stance on contemporary issues. It is not a long novel but it is a poignant piece that must be read by anyone who is concerned about the discourse over the supposed ?clash of civilisations? that the world is currently experiencing.
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