Slow Man

Slow Man

Book - 2005
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Paul Rayment is on the threshold of a comfortable old age when a calamitous cycling accident results in the amputation of a leg. Humiliated, his body truncated, his life circumscribed, he turns away from his friends. He hires a nurse named Marijana, with whom he has a European childhood in common: hers in Croatia, his in France. Tactfully and efficiently she ministers to his needs. But his feelings for her, and for her handsome teenage son, are complicated by the sudden arrival on his doorstep of the celebrated Australian novelist Elizabeth Costello, who threatens to take over the direction of his life and the affairs of his heart. Unflinching in its vision of suffering and generous in its portrayal of the spirit of care, Slow Man is a masterful work of fiction by one of the world's greatest writers.
Publisher: London : Secker & Warburg, c2005
ISBN: 9780436206115
0436206110
Branch Call Number: COE
Characteristics: 263 p

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multcolib_susannel Sep 16, 2014

This books begins as a ordinary, though well- written story about photographer, Paul Rament, who is trying to cope after having had his leg amputated.
Then somewhere in the middle it veers off into uncharted territory- who is the mysterious Elizabeth Cotton and why does she tell him-" you just came to me- I couldn't say no" ?

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elinpat
Apr 25, 2012

As usual coetze writes like an angel. This one about old age and deteriation. Quite appropriate for me. Not one of my favourites.

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cainsriver
Nov 04, 2011

Interesting story about a major transition forced upon a 60 year old man by no fault of his own. As usual with J M Coetzee, the older man lusts for a much younger woman, and at times becomes overbearing. Despite this, it's a very enliightening glimpse into aging, illness, home care, lonlines, lust, and most importantly, the power behind solid family values.

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chrisky6
Jul 21, 2010

A satisfying read; the book slowly evolves into a complex, sometimes uncomfortable, but in the end poignant story about disability and care.

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