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After eight novels that have won, among other awards, two Booker Prizes, and most recently, the Nobel Prize, J. Coetzee has once again crafted an unusual and deeply affecting tale. Told through an ingenious series of formal addresses, Elizabeth Costello is, on the surface, the story of a woman’s life as a mo SinceJ.
Told through an ingenious series of formal addresses, Elizabeth Costello is, on the surface, the story of a woman’s life as a mother, sister, lover, and writer. Yet it is also a profound and haunting meditation on the nature of storytelling. Paperbackpages. Published October 26th by Vintage first published August 28th To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Elizabeth Costelloplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Jun 06, Fabian rated it it was amazing Shelves: I cannot help but compare this masterpiece I love using that word, but it must be noted that only a select few books are labeled by me as such to the Pulitzer-winning “Olive Kitteridge. Not overly impressed by “Disgrace,” I will swallow my pride, revise the previous and premature assessment of Coetzee which was: Who else can create an entire detailed and therefore, poetic, rich, amazing The genius of the book is its innovative reasoning and new literary structure: Her life is there in her own spoken words, as we are devoid her actual fictional body of work.
What to do with so many ideas, how to put them together to come out with a concrete result in the end?
The merger of intellectual and emotional facets of the writer’s life gives so much levity to the book–why can’t books explore literature in a matter like degil Directly–in a fresh, glowing post-modern though not pretentious way? For its conciseness, it sure knows how to captivate a reader who, quite frankly, must be tired of the same plot formats and modern global concerns on the human condition. View all 13 comments. View all 4 comments.
Jan 17, Sidharth Vardhan rated it it was amazing Shelves: Elizabeth Costello is Coetzee’s alter ego. And for most of the book, she is giving her opinions on different subjects- realism, women’s voice in novels, violence against animals, African novel, Humanity’s future – a study in Christ’s cross vs Mary’s breasts Mary’s breasts wonnature of evil, the impact a book on an evil subject can have on people, mechanics involved when Gods had sex with humans I like the way this woman thinks etc.
S0me of these are given as lectures, the content of which Elizabeth Costello is Coetzee’s alter ego. S0me of these are given as lectures, the content of which is borrowed from actual lectures Coetzee gave.
The most important subject is animal violence but i have animxli discussed it. Another interesting subject is influence a book on an ‘evil’ subject can have on its writer. Can a writer or reader come out scratched?
Most people considered Costello’s fears baseless. But Auror shootings seems to prove that such fears are groundless, but the trouble is letting the fears rule one often leads to bad choices, in this case, it might result in pa people calling for censorships when all one needs to use a bit of caution.
Anyway, the last part is where Costello, now dead, finds herself on the threshold of world beyond and denied entry because she has kept refusing to ever have any kind of belief – showing that she saw herself as divorced from things she believed in.
The part is heavily inspired from Kafka. Anyone wanting to read it shall do well to read Kafka’s short stories’Before the law’ and ‘A Report to the academy’. It’s not often that I come across an author who summarizes my views on several xegli quandaries in one teeny page novel. It was, to me, life changing. This is not a book you should approach without some sort of foreknowledge about the subject matter or about Coetzee himself.
So steely that it animal be trying at times. That is why some sort of mental preparation is required. It is written in almost an essay format, switching from internal points o It’s not often that I come across an author who summarizes my views on several trying quandaries in one teeny page novel.
It is written in almost an essay format, switching from internal points of view to external wherever Coetzee saw fit. Each chapter confronts one of the many innumerable animwli that plague humanity: I wish I could wax eloquent on these subjects but alas I would only detract from the beauty of what Coetzee has to say. The truth of the matter is that writers are entertainers. It seems vain that ccoetzee value of ones degki should hinge on the yea or nay of another.
Does it not matter more what your own opinion is? In the end beliefs prove inconsequential, faulty, and abimali they are not our only support system nor should they be our principle support system.
Our heart, that is to say our conscience, should be the basis of our morality.
This is at least the standpoint of Coetzee. A quote, perhaps, would clear this up: All that matters is doing the right thing, whether for the right reason or the wrong reason or for no reason at all.
View all 6 comments. Nov 18, Shovelmonkey1 rated it it was ok Shelves: JM Coetzee has been dazzling the world at large with his literary genius since JM Coetzee has been baffling me with his books since last year when i first started reading them.
The bafflement continues with Elizabeth Costello. Now the literary world says that all sorts of clever things are happening in this book – philosophy, re-engaging with great modern texts on a different level and also the debate in each chapter of a contentious modern issues including animal rights, sexual identity, JM Coetzee has been dazzling the world at large with his literary genius since Now the literary world says that all sorts of clever things are happening in this book – philosophy, re-engaging with great modern texts on a different level and also the debate in each chapter segli a contentious modern issues including animal rights, sexual identity, death and old age and conflict.
Right, well that’s all good.
La vita degli animali: J. M. Coetzee, A. Gutmann, F. Cavagnoli, G. Arduini: : Books
A direct mouth piece for the author, giving voice to 6 previously published essays written by Coetzee and now presented in Elizabeth Costello in one handy package. My favourite metatron is obviously Alan Rickman in the film Dogma and no other will pass muster. And imagining Elizabeth Costello with Alan Rickmans face simply did not work. Unique and interesting as this was, it did not do a great job of holding my attention although coetzew I probably just under appreciated the genius which means this review will out me for the literary simpleton I really am.
View all 18 comments. Feb 26, Lisa rated it did not like it Shelves: I’m not entirely sure what my thoughts on this book really are, other than that I didn’t particularly enjoy it.
It doesn’t really feel like a novel, instead at times more like a particularly pompous academic paper, or an exercise in technique. It is filled with monologues – external in the earlier part, and internal in the latter, all of which revolve around ideas or philosophies. The protagonist barely interacts with others other than speaking at them through her speeches at conferences, and thr I’m not entirely sure what my thoughts on this book really are, other than that I didn’t particularly enjoy it.
The protagonist barely interacts with others other than speaking at them through her speeches at conferences, and through these the writer seems to be saying that all ideas and beliefs etc constantly evolve throughout our lifetimes, that none of these ideas are fixed but can always be countered, and indeed the protagonist herself seems to think herself in circles.
By the chapter on evil, the book had almost taken off for me, but over the course of the next couple of chapters it had sunk back again into nothingness. By the final chapter I was completely flummoxed as to what the purpose of it all had been, other than to reiterate the inconstancy of belief.
Dec 05, Mike Ingram rated it liked amimali. I’m still not sure if her failures of reasoning are entirely intentional in the book.
On the one hand, Coetzee seems to be making certain points about belief, and Costello herself, by book’s end, has decided that real belief is, in fact, a problem for a writer, who should instead be a kind of secretary, trying on various beliefs in the service of her characters. On the other hand, the book at times seems to take seriously certain arguments that are just not that well-reasoned.
Large chunks of the book read like Platonic dialogues, which can get a little tedious if the arguments themselves aren’t entirely compelling.
The last section of the book presents a sudden change in scenery, as Elizabeth finds herself in some kind of “holding area,” presumably post-death, where she has to write an acceptable statement of her own beliefs before a panel of judges will let her pass through a set of gates leading to, presumably, detli sort of afterlife.
So are the previous sections meant to be Costello’s attempts at belief? Is the whole thing meant to be read meta-fictionally as commentary on the proper relationship between writers and belief or, more generally, humans and belief?
Perhaps if I were a literary criticism PhD I’d read the book again and make all sorts of notes in service of unraveling the book’s mystery, but So, in the end I guess it comes down to this: Even in her most fully-rendered moments, Elizabeth is kind of a pain in the ass.
I am beyond time’s envious graspour eponymous character says in this book, and I know what she means, some evenings I feel it; but we don’t talk like that that around here. We talk, too, about not eating meat, but we don’t bring Kafka into the discussion. We tell stories about animai, but not Humanity, and certainly not the Humanities. Elizabeth Costello, in this book, is an old woman, and a writer. She would define herself as a writer.