Foe

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Viking, 1987 - Fiction - 157 pages
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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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The beautifully written ending is too enigmatic. - Goodreads
Many plot points were introduced but never answered. - Goodreads
What really got me, though, was the prose. - Goodreads
The tale is well told, but has a peculiar ending. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Adam - Goodreads

Susan Barton finds herself washed up on a desert island. She is rescued by a black African, named Friday, who takes her to the island's only white inhabitant, another castaway called Cruso. Cruso and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Josť Toledo - Goodreads

From the beginning of Foe it is clear that Coetzee does not merely intend to offer a re-telling of Robinson Crusoe, since in the place exclusively occupied until then by the famous castaway we now ... Read full review

Contents

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Section 2
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Section 3
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About the author (1987)

J.M. Coetzee's full name is John Michael Coetzee. Born in Cape Town, South Africa, in 1940, Coetzee is a writer and critic who uses the political situation in his homeland as a backdrop for many of his novels. Coetzee published his first work of fiction, Dusklands, in 1974. Another book, Boyhood, loosely chronicles an unhappy time in Coetzee's childhood when his family moved from Cape Town to the more remote and unenlightened city of Worcester. Other Coetzee novels are In the Heart of the Country and Waiting for the Barbarians. Coetzee's critical works include White Writing and Giving Offense: Essays on Censorship. Coetzee is a two-time recipient of the Booker Prize and in 2003, he won the Nobel Literature Award.

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