Youth

Youth

Scenes from Provincial Life II

Format
Paperback
Price
$14.00
 
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780142002001
  • 176 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • Adult

Overview

The second installment of J. M. Coetzee’s fictionalized “memoir” explores a young man’s struggle to experience life to its full intensity and transform it into art. The narrator of Youth has long been plotting an escape-from the stifling love of his overbearing mother, a father whose failures haunt him, and what he is sure is impending revolution in his native country of South Africa. Arriving at last in London in the 1960s, however, he finds neither poetry nor romance and instead begins a dark pilgrimage into adulthood. Youth is a remarkable portrait of a consciousness, isolated and adrift, turning in on itself, of a young man struggling to find his way in the world, written with tenderness and a fierce clarity.

Awards

Nobel Prize for Literature – Winner

Praise

“A delight to read: it will make you angry, amused, scornful and sympathetic by turns.” (San Francisco Chronicle)

“Coetzee makes a book of melancholy beauty and quiet force.” (Vince Passaro, O Magazine)

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