Boyhood

by J. M. Coetzee

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Boyhood

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Read Around The World Challenge user profile avatar for Sara
(11 months ago)
08 Mar, 2023
In Boyhood, award-winning author J.M. Coetzee revisits the South Africa of half a century ago to write about his childhood and interior life. Coetzee grew up in a new development north of Cape Town, tormented by guilt and fear. With a father he despised, and a mother he both adored and resented, he led a double life – the brilliant and well-behaved student at school, the princely despot at home, always terrified of losing his mother's love. His first encounters with literature, the awakenings of sexual desire, and a growing awareness of apartheid left him with baffling questions, and only in his love of the high veld ('farms are places of freedom, of life') could he find a sense of belonging. Bold and telling, this masterly evocation of a young boy's life is the book Coetzee's many admirers have been waiting for, but never could have expected.

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Country: South Africa flag South Africa
Language: EN
Genre: Memoir

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