The Childhood of Jesus
A major new novel from the Nobel Prize?winning author of Waiting for the Barbarians, The Life & Times of Michael K and Disgrace
Nobel laureate and two-time Booker Prize winner J. M. Coetzee returns with a haunting and surprising novel about childhood and destiny that is sure to rank with his classic novels.
Separated from his mother as a passenger on a boat bound for a new land, David is a boy who is quite literally adrift. The piece of paper explaining his situation is lost, but a fellow passenger, Simón, vows to look after the boy. When the boat docks, David and Simón are issued new names, new birthdays, and virtually a whole new life.
Strangers in a strange land, knowing nothing of their surroundings, nor the language or customs, they are determined to find David's mother. Though the boy has no memory of her, Simón is certain he will recognize her at first sight. ?But after we find her,” David asks, ?what are we here for?”
An eerie allegorical tale told largely through dialogue, The Childhood of Jesus is a literary feat?a novel of ideas that is also a tender, compelling narrative. Coetzee's many fans will celebrate his return while new readers will find The Childhood of Jesus an intriguing introduction to the work of a true master.
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Review: The Childhood of JesusUser Review - Karen Robiscoe - Goodreads
This is by far and away the best book I've read recently. An allegory dipped in story--think Original Family--its lean-to of setting/plot/ plot devices allowed the deeper messages contained within to ... Read full review
Review: The Childhood of JesusUser Review - John - Goodreads
Peculiar but compelling, the book, despite its title, lacks an obvious connection to religion, but that's not surprising given the book's subtlety.... and overall weirdness. The plot: a man and boy ... Read full review