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A searing portrait of a young colonial in early 1960s London from the two-time winner of the Booker Prize.
Set against the background of the 1960s - Sharpeville, the Cuban missile crisis, Vietnam "Youth" is a remarkable portrait of a consciousness, isolated and adrift, turning in on itself. The narrator of "Youth," a student in the South Africa of the 1950s, studies mathematics, reads poetry, saves money, trying to ensure that when he escapes to the real world, wherever that may be, he will be prepared to experience life to its full intensity and transform it into art. Arriving in London, however, he finds neither poetry nor romance. Instead he succumbs to the monotony of life as a computer programmer, from which random, loveless affairs offer no relief. Devoid of inspiration, he stops writing. An awkward colonial, a constitutional outsider, he begins a dark pilgrimage in which he is continually tested and continually found wanting."
Publisher: London, England : Secker & Warburg : 2002
ISBN: 9780436205828
Branch Call Number: FIC Coet
Characteristics: 169p


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May 17, 2018

Coetzee is so lucid and unsentimental about life - and his own life especially - that it hurts.

Dec 20, 2014

A short novel set mostly in London in which the narrator has set out to in order to further his art but ends up as a computer programmer. The author's compelling prose makes this a worthwhile novel to read.

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