Foe, Volume 1986, Part 2
With the same electrical intensity of language and insight that he brought to Waiting for the Barbarians and The Master of Petersburg, J.M. Coetzee reinvents the story of Robinson Crusoe-and in so doing, directs our attention to the seduction and tyranny of storytelling itself In 1720 the eminent man of letters Daniel Foe is approached by Susan Barton, lately a castaway on a desert island. She wants him to tell her story, and that of the enigmatic man who has become her rescuer, companion, master and sometimes lover: Cruso. Cruso is dead, and his manservant, Friday, is incapable of speech. As she tries to relate the truth about him, the ambitious Barton cannot help turning Cruso into her invention. For as narrated by Foe-as by Coetzee himself-the stories we thought we knew acquire depths that are at once treacherous, elegant, and unexpectedly moving.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
An odd little book, which will make no sense to you whatsoever if you haven't read Robinson Crusoe, and not all that much sense if you haven't read Moll Flanders, and even having read them both, I'm not sure how much sense it makes to me, since I know very little about Defoe's life. It is, however, an interesting meditation on the writer's life, particularly when it comes to 'speaking for' other people and so forth. If you care about that sort of thing, I guess you'd get something out of this. If you find that all a bit tedious, but still want to read a book by Coetzee about another author... go with the Master of Petersburg.
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I picked this up from the library yesterday afternoon, and by yesterday evening I had finished it. It is a slender novel, but it gripped and spooked me. Foe is a retelling of the Robinson Crusoe story ...