Boyhood: Scenes from Provincial Life

Boyhood: Scenes from Provincial Life

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Coetzee has been reluctant to talk about himself. Now, revisiting the South Africa of a half century ago, he writes about his childhood and his own interior life. Boyhood's young narrator grew up in a new development north of Cape Town, tormented by guilt and fear. With a father he did not respect, and a mother he both adored and resented, he led a double life - at school the brilliant and well-behaved student, at home the princely despot, always terrified of losing his mother's love. His first encounters with literature, the awakenings of sexual desire, and a growing awareness of apartheid left him with baffling questions and only in his love of the veld could he find a sense of belonging. Bold and telling, this masterly evocation of a young boy's life is the book Coetzee's many admirers have been waiting for, but never could have expected.
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ISBN: 9780140265668

Published Date: September 1, 1998

Publisher: Penguin Books

Language: English

Page Count: 166

Size: 7.80" l x 5.03" w x 0.56" h

Subject

Literary