The Childhood of Jesus

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Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated, Sep 3, 2013 - Fiction - 288 pages
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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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User Review  - gbill - LibraryThing

A man and a young boy arrive in a new town, searching for both a place to stay and the boy’s mom. The man has no relation to the boy and simply met him on the boat. Most people in this new land are ... Read full review

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User Review  - aine.fin - LibraryThing

A post-apocalyptic or dystopian feel to it which reminded me of Margaret Atwood but we never learn what has happened to the world as we know it. The "gifted" David is a strange child who's otherness ... Read full review

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About the author (2013)

J. M. Coetzee won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2003 and is the author of twenty-one books, which have been translated into many languages. He was the first author to twice win the Booker Prize. A native of South Africa, he now lives in Adelaide, Australia.

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