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Verano de J. M. Coetzee
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In this autobiographical novel, a young English biographer is researching a book about the late South African writer John Coetzee, focusing on Coetzee in his thirties, at a time when he was living in a rundown cottage in the Cape Town suburbs with his widowed father--a time, the biographer is convinced, when Coetzee was finding himself as a writer.… (més)
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My second book of the year and my second book where the author has used a device to convince the reader that what they are reading is factual rather than fiction.
When I picked this book up, I assumed it was a straightforward novel, then I think a biography and then I realise it is a fictionalized memoir.
A Mr Vincent is interviewing five people whom he feels had a significant impact or relationship with the renowned author John Coetzee,who is deceased, in preparation for a biography of the author during the years 1972 to 1977. I checked online and discover that Coetzee is very much alive.
However each interview is sufficiently engaging and builds a portrait of a lonely man, who struggles with relationships, especially with women.
He does not fit the traditional mould of an Afrikaner male, lacking physical strength and presence.
What the book seems to portray is how the author perceives himself emotionally, socially and politically as there are many discrepancies in relation to his actual personal life. During this period J.M. Coetzee was married with two children, whereas in the book he is a single man living with his elderly father.
This book was shortlisted for the ManBooker prize in 2009. ( )
  HelenBaker | Jan 8, 2021 |
It's a well-made book but not, for me, an especially interesting one. It's good-but-not-interesting in the way James is, I suppose. At least it's briefer. ( )
  dllh | Jan 6, 2021 |
Escenas de una vida de provincias
  JCSantamaria | Jan 4, 2021 |
This was written in a style I just could not get into. I will add though that I haven't read anything else by Coetzee. I did not know I was starting a semi-autobiographical when I picked it up. Summertime might very well be GREAT if you have a previous knowledge of Coetzee's work. I say this because the entire novel seems to be trying to explain the reasons behind his general fiction writing. I guess I need to read something else by him to put this particular piece of work into frame. ( )
  Cliff_F | Sep 11, 2020 |
Very interesting and creative, and the writing is beautifully clear. I am not sure if this is autobiography or fiction, but there is the feeling of honesty. ( )
  Misprint | Aug 31, 2020 |
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As long as one character speaks, Coetzee's masterful style is on display. But when there is dialogue between investigator and interviewee, the contrivance becomes all too evident: There is no real exchange and no discernable setting.
afegit per Shortride | editaBookforum, Martin Puchner (Dec 1, 2009)
 
Now we have Summertime, the third in Coetzee's ongoing volumes of more or less fictionalised memoir that began with Boyhood, continued with Youth and are subtitled Scenes from Provincial Life.

These volumes are not to be taken as literal truth, a fact underlined by the way in Summertime one John Coetzee, a famous Nobel prize-winning novelist, is dead and an Englishman who never met him is attempting to write a biography of him on the basis of interviews with a number of women who had an effect on his development.

The last part of the book is made up of extracts from his journal entries focused on his ageing and ailing father, who appears intermittently in the preceding pages as a frail and constricting figure. The account of the father has, in a way nothing else in this book does, an overwhelming poignancy.

Much of this weird book is a meditation on the absurdity of the fame that is the surface noise of a hypothetical immortality. Then there's the grief that throws it all away and in doing so throws it into high relief.
afegit per justjim | editaThe Age, Peter Craven (Sep 5, 2009)
 
Who is JM Coetzee? In one sense the answer is obvious: world-famous novelist and writer, twice winner of the Man Booker, winner of the Nobel prize for literature. But in another sense “JM Coetzee” is a persona created by the author, especially in his ­volumes of “fictionalised memoir”. The first of these, Boyhood, describes the character’s upbringing in the 1940s and 1950s on a bleak housing estate east of Cape Town. Top of his class yet fearing failure, he is gawky, unsocial and eccentric. The second, Youth, ­follows his glum fortunes in the early 1960s through a wet, foggy London, where, “dull and ordinary”, he nurtures dreams of ­artistic triumph while toiling as an IBM programmer. Literary success, he believes, will be linked with success as a lover, once he encounters the “Destined One”: the woman to inspire him. But his ­sexual entanglements, though surprisingly frequent, prove messy, sordid, embarrassing or boring. He is not, it seems, “built for fun”.

Now the third volume of the ­trilogy, Summertime, focuses on his return to South Africa, covering 1972 to 1977 when he was “finding his feet as a writer”. Like Boyhood and Youth, it refers to “Coetzee” in the third person (“He is the product of a damaged childhood”), thus distancing the autobiographical element. But it adds a startling new dimension of literary artifice: the deployment of a postmortem biographer. For Coetzee, we learn, has died in Australia. An English researcher, Vincent, who never met him, is interviewing five figures crucial to his life in the years when he started to publish. Four of them are women, including two former lovers. Supposed transcripts of their interviews make up most of the book. The rest ­comprises extracts, real or invented, from Coetzee’s contemporary ­notebooks.
afegit per kidzdoc | editaThe Times, David Grylls (Aug 23, 2009)
 

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In this autobiographical novel, a young English biographer is researching a book about the late South African writer John Coetzee, focusing on Coetzee in his thirties, at a time when he was living in a rundown cottage in the Cape Town suburbs with his widowed father--a time, the biographer is convinced, when Coetzee was finding himself as a writer.

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