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 ('farms are places of freedom, of life') 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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User Review  - SigmundFraud - LibraryThing

Boyhood: Scenes From Provincial Life by J.M. Coetzee is a fictionalized autobiography of Coetzee's early years in South Africa. If you like place/setting as I do you will enjoy the feel of rural South ... Read full review

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User Review  - stillatim - LibraryThing

Talk about not doing yourself any favors; if young John could meet old John and read what he's said about him, he'd probably lash out in his imagination, go home, cry in his over-protective mothers ... Read full review

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Section 1
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Section 2
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Section 3
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About the author (1997)

J. M. Coetzee is a professor of general literature at the University of Cape Town.

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