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 - Sasha Zbarskaya - Goodreads
Very shrewd and deft thing, this novel, with sharp-pointed voice and poker face. There's a sense, that the author made the universe with much much more to weave into it (meaning not "saying more", but ... Read full review
Review: The Childhood of JesusUser Review - Tanuj Solanki - Goodreads
Two stars only because of the suspicion that I must have missed something grave in the text - because it's Coetzee for God's sake. Very shockingly bad! If he'd written if before the Nobel, the ... Read full review