Slow Man



Slow Man Paul Rayment Is On The Threshold Of A Comfortable Old Age When A Calamitous Cycling Accident Results In The Amputation Of A Leg Humiliated, His Body Truncated, His Life Circumscribed, He Turns Away From His Friends He Hires A Nurse Named Marijana, With Whom He Has A European Childhood In Common Hers In Croatia, His In France Tactfully And Efficiently She Ministers To His Needs But His Feelings For Her, And For Her Handsome Teenage Son, Are Complicated By The Sudden Arrival On His Doorstep Of The Celebrated Australian Novelist Elizabeth Costello, Who Threatens To Take Over The Direction Of His Life And The Affairs Of His Heart Unflinching In Its Vision Of Suffering And Generous In Its Portrayal Of The Spirit Of Care, Slow Man Is A Masterful Work Of Fiction By One Of The World S Greatest Writers.

10 thoughts on “Slow Man

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    4 Slow man, J.M Coetzee, c2005 Slow Man is a 2005 novel by South African born Nobel laureate J M Coetzee, and concerns a man who must learn to adapt after losing a leg in a road accident The novel has many varied themes, including the nature of care,...

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    I can t deny that JM Coetzee is indeed a talented writer Clear, concise, exacting prose And duh, he did win the Nobel Prize after all But I don t think this one is the one read Disgrace probably is What starts out as a quite conventional story soon morphs into something bordering on ludicrous Is it magical realism A darkly comedic satire on death vs consciousness Or just a novelist indul...

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    4th Coetzee book I ve read what makes this possible, not getting bored by the same author s voice while reading Coetzee all summer long, is his outstanding talent for making the novel readable All four novels I ve read Disgrace, Elizabeth Costello, Life and Times of Michael K., this, currently a fifth classic Waiting for the Barbarians are distinctly different from each other, and this being his most current perhaps there is a newer it has the figure of the lonely fallen man Disgrace making sense of a new way of life in this instance it is a grown man, newly amputated, slow and immobile, who takes center stage More so than Elizabeth Costello that Nobel prize worthy novel, and my favorite of Coetzee s , the taking over of the protagonist s psyche is so complete that growing paranoid was never before perceived to be this much fun The reader s sensibilities are likewise Paul s, they both go mad together Als...

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    This is my first Coetzee, and for the first sixty pages, it seemed to be an interesting but not arresting book about an older man coping with losing a leg, and his mobility and freedom, and the after effects of such a loss, including falling in love with his nurse Nothing earthshattering.And then the author showed up Note The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement You can read why I came to this decision here...

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    Kuci jo jednom zakucava, dr e i se svojih teritorija on je pasionirani biciklista koji bicikl koristi kao glavno prevozno sredstvo te svi oni koji sate provode na dvoto ka u znaju da oveku svakakve budala tine padnu na pamet pa otud i ideje za ovaj roman, pretpostavljam Kuci istra uje misterioznu, uro enu potrebu oveka za porodicom, protekcijom iste, dr e i se koloseka koji su njemu kao piscu svojstveni, usamljenost, po uda, istra ivanje granica sramote i poni enja, sukob razli itih kultura su samo neki od poteza etkicom kojima slika ovu kompleksnu dru tvenu minijaturu Neki od likova su isiljeni i redundantni, kao lik Elizabet Kostelo koju je pozajmio iz sopstvenog romana istog naziva Njena psihologija cupka u mestu,...

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    What I love about Coetzee is that he isn t afraid of fitting a tire over the goat s torso As I m reading the reviews of this book from my other Goodreads buddies, many seem disturbed by the character Elizabeth Costello, who truly breaks with logic and knows impossible details of characters In other words she is a meta character who speechifies some of the arguments and questions I m sure Coetzee had in writing this book, and in the hands of a post modernist dilettante, this character would have simply been self indulgence, an intellectual exercise that proves how smart and well read the writer is But Coetzee uses this character in a much dazzling and unsettling way, the same way Beckett uses his characters to inch closer to the terrors of black nothing EC can t be dismissed as a meta character because she materializes with the same fullness as any other character in the book Coetzee puts in work to give her the same physical gestures and sensory life of Paul Rayment You don t quite know how to receive this woman You empathize with her, you hear her rattling cough, but you also know she s mannered, overly handled by The Author This makes ...

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    Bisiklet kazas sonucu bak ma muhta kalan bir adam n d n m n arp c ekilde anlatm Coetzee Zorunluluklar, k relen duygular n yerini alan ba ka duygular, g men olmak, adand m z eyler, sahip olduklar m z, yitirdiklerimiz, hi sahip olamad klar m z ve hatta olamayacaklar m z, dil meselesi ve daha bir ok konuyu katmanl bir roman Bunlar da kitapta be enip alt n izdi im birka yer ocuklar bizler sevmeyi ve hizmet etmeyi renelim diye vard r ocuklar m z sayesinde zaman n hizmetkarlar na d n r z Y re inin i ine bak Kendine bu yolculuk i in gerekli azme ve dayan kl l a sahip olup olmad n sor Bunlara sahip de ilsen belki de geri ad m atmal s n Bir insan en k t y nlerimizi, en k t ve incitici y nlerimizi biliyorsa ve bunlar s ylemeyip gizliyor, bize g l msemeyi ve akalar yapmay s rd r yorsa buna ne deriz Sevgi deriz Hayat n n bu son d neminde, ba ka kimden sevgi g rebilirsin ki seni irkin ihtiyar Evet, irkin ne deme...

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    One of my pet annoyances is writers who say oh, I just start writing and my characters get up to the most unexpected things all on their own, I just let it happen What that translates as is I don t have a plot to speak of or any structure but I have such faith in my own vast albeit undiscovered talent that I don t feel I need one, so I simply write pages and pages of free flowing pure invention tedious drivel instead Slow Man is what happens when you let your characters write the book for you NOTHING They fanny around, make a cup of tea, think about some irrelevant stuff and then sink back onto the sofa in a slough of despond Halfway through the book the situation becomes so desperate that you introduce a meta fictional alter ego writer character to prod them along at which point your readers politely applaud how c...

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    This review originally appeared in the San Jose Mercury News When you ve won every possible literary award, including the Nobel Prize, you re entitled to indulge yourself a little That, at least, is my explanation for how J.M Coetzee came up with this fascinating flop of a novel Slow Man begins with Paul Rayment, a photographer who lives in Australia, losing a leg in a bicycle accident The 60 year old Rayment, who lives alone and has no close family, descends into bitterness He refuses to have a prosthesis fitted and crankily dismisses a series of visiting nurses until he finally finds one, a Croatian woman named Marijana, with whom he can get along Then gradually he realizes that he s falling in love with her, which is something of a problem because she s married and has three children At this point, about a third of the way into the book, we have few hints that this will be anything other than a conventional novel, albeit one animated by Coetzee s superb ability to make us feel the pain, rage and frustration that a Paul Rayment must feel Then into Paul s life if we can call it that walks the novelist Elizabeth Costello, who informs him, You occurred to me a man with a bad leg and no future and an unsuitable passion That was where it started Where we go from there I have no idea Both the reader and Paul are perplexed as to why this aging woman has suddenly shown up at his flat and announced that she s moving in I will ...

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