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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 frie. 4th Coetzee book I've read what makes this possible not getting bored by the same author's voice while reading Coetzee all summer long is his outstanding talent for making the novel readable All four novels I've read Disgrace Elizabeth Costello Life and Times of Michael K this currently a fifth classic Waiting for the Barbarians are distinctly different from each other and this being his most current perhaps there is a newer it has the figure of the lonely fallen man Disgrace making sense of a new way of life; in this instance it is a grown man newly amputated slow and immobile who takes center stage More so than Elizabeth Costello that Nobel prize worthy novel and my favorite of Coetzee's the taking over of the protagonist's psyche is so complete that growing paranoid was never before perceived to be this much fun The reader's sensibilities are likewise Paul's they both go mad together Also taking contemporary issues the social boiling pot that is South Africa; the differences in cultures customs and lives he does yet another masterful genre splice the tricky postmodern Murakami meets Saramago turn Elizabeth Costello's the writer's strange presence in this his next novel Is it me or was the uestion set forth What happens when the character in a plot meets it's writercreator Plenty of modern masters have tried to set a foot in Borges's metafictional terrain Slow Man's awkward but shocking finale sets the record straight This novelist can do it all Midnight Tango yet another masterful genre splice the tricky postmodern Murakami meets Saramago turn Elizabeth Costello's the writer's strange presence in this his next novel Is it me or was the uestion set forth What happens when the character in a plot meets it's writercreator Plenty of modern masters have tried to set a foot in Borges's metafictional terrain Slow Man's awkward but shocking finale sets the record straight This novelist can do it all

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Ome 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. I read far than was necessary to finally determine this book was not worth reading Upon the entrance of Elizabeth Costello I knew pretty much that I was in for a weighty disappointment The main character and his stubborn life style refusals and insistence on furthering an ill fated and inappropriate love affair left me feeling basically disgusted with the pitiful old gent I was embarrassed for all aging men and what they might become if served heaped on a plate filled with leftover mediocrities I have no idea what possessed a man of such talent as Coetzee's to write this drivel and why he allowed it to even be published The text is nothing short of despicable and I doubt the experience will wash completely off me But I will rub and scrub with the harshest of detergents and hope the cleansing chemicals will somehow save me instead of causing a deadly cancer to grow But after reading two thirds of this I cannot imagine what that could be

J.M. Coetzee ✓ 5 review

NdsHe 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 hands. What I love about Coetzee is that he isn’t afraid of fitting a tire over the goat’s torso As I’m reading the reviews of this book from my other Goodreads buddies many seem disturbed by the character Elizabeth Costello who truly breaks with logic and knows impossible details of characters In other words she is a meta character who speechifies some of the arguments and uestions I’m sure Coetzee had in writing this book and in the hands of a post modernist dilettante this character would have simply been self indulgence an intellectual exercise that proves how smart and well read the writer is But Coetzee uses this character in a much dazzling and unsettling way the same way Beckett uses his characters to inch closer to the terrors of black nothing EC can’t be dismissed as a “meta character” because she materializes with the same fullness as any other character in the book Coetzee puts in work to give her the same physical gestures and sensory life of Paul Rayment You don't uite know how to receive this woman You empathize with her you hear her rattling cough but you also know she’s mannered overly handled by The Author This makes you examine the idea of “character” and you realize there are only slight differences at least in theory between EC and the rest of the gang I felt wonderfully weird reading this book In The Life and Times of Michael K Coetzee pulls a similar move in breaking the symmetry of the book using a 1st person narrative that recounts the first ¾’s of the book told in 3rd person This move itself wasn’t what disturbed the reader It was the position of this move about 34's into the book Huh Cynthia Ozik considered this the only flaw in the book but maybe I just see flaws as artistic necessities What are we trying to do make the perfect reproduction of the world Or are we trying to bend light and distort so that the world can experience what the artist sees I loved this book The First Mile you hear her rattling cough but ServSafe ManagerBook with Answer Sheet (7th Edition) you also know she’s mannered overly handled by The Author This makes Low Life & High Life you examine the idea of “character” and Book of the Fallen (Requiem, you realize there are only slight differences at least in theory between EC and the rest of the gang I felt wonderfully weird reading this book In The Life and Times of Michael K Coetzee pulls a similar move in breaking the symmetry of the book using a 1st person narrative that recounts the first ¾’s of the book told in 3rd person This move itself wasn’t what disturbed the reader It was the position of this move about 34's into the book Huh Cynthia Ozik considered this the only flaw in the book but maybe I just see flaws as artistic necessities What are we trying to do make the perfect reproduction of the world Or are we trying to bend light and distort so that the world can experience what the artist sees I loved this book


10 thoughts on “Slow Man

  1. says:

    4 Slow man JM Coetzee‭Slow Man is a 2005 novel by South African born Nobel laureate J M Coetzee and concerns a man who must learn to adapt after losing a leg in a road accident The novel has many varied themes including the nature of care the relationship between an author and his characters and man's drive to leave a legacyتاریخ نخستین خوانش روز هشتم ماه جولای سال 2014 میلادیعنوان مرد آهسته؛ اثر جان مکسول کوتسی؛ برگردان محسن مینوخرد؛ مشخصات نشر تهران، چشمه، 1387، در 276صفحه، شابک 9789643625214؛ موضوع داستانهای نویسندگان افریقای جنوبی سده 20مدر داستان «مرد آهسته»، ماجرای مرد میان‌سالی روایت می‌شود، که در یک سانحه ی تصادف، یکی از پاهای خود را از دست داده است؛ وی به ناچار در آپارتمان خود زندانی ست، و دنبال پرستاری می‌گردد، که در امور شخصی زندگی، به وی یاری کند؛ ؛ ا شربیانی


  2. says:

    I can't deny that JM Coetzee is indeed a talented writer Clear concise exacting prose And duh he did win the Nobel Prize after all But I don't think this one is the one read Disgrace probably is What starts out as a uite conventional story soon morphs into something bordering on ludicrous Is it magical realism? A darkly comedic satire on death vs consciousness? Or just a novelist indulging in not having to adhere to any chosen path or structure? And not bothering to answer some key uestions about certain characters? As a mediation on aging intimacy and mortality it excels As a novel it fails to deliver a coherent narrative And soon becomes tedious If it weren't so short and a fast read I probably would've tossed it aside


  3. says:

    4th Coetzee book I've read what makes this possible not getting bored by the same author's voice while reading Coetzee all summer long is his outstanding talent for making the novel readable All four novels I've read Disgrace Elizabeth Costello Life and Times of Michael K this currently a fifth classic Waiting for the Barbarians are distinctly different from each other and this being his most current perhaps there is a newer? it has the figure of the lonely fallen man Disgrace making sense of a new way of life; in this instance it is a grown man newly amputated slow and immobile who takes center stage More so than Elizabeth Costello that Nobel prize worthy novel and my favorite of Coetzee's the taking over of the protagonist's psyche is so complete that growing paranoid was never before perceived to be this much fun The reader's sensibilities are likewise Paul's they both go mad together Also taking contemporary issues the social boiling pot that is South Africa; the differences in cultures customs and lives he does yet another masterful genre splice the tricky postmodern Murakami meets Saramago turn Elizabeth Costello's the writer's strange presence in this his next novel Is it me or was the uestion set forth What happens when the character in a plot meets it's writercreator? Plenty of modern masters have tried to set a foot in Borges's metafictional terrain Slow Man's awkward but shocking finale sets the record straight This novelist can do it all


  4. says:

    This is my first Coetzee and for the first sixty pages it seemed to be an interesting but not arresting book about an older man coping with losing a leg and his mobility and freedom and the after effects of such a loss including falling in love with his nurse Nothing earthshatteringAnd then the author showed up Note The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement You can read why I came to this decision hereIn the meantime you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook


  5. says:

    What I love about Coetzee is that he isn’t afraid of fitting a tire over the goat’s torso As I’m reading the reviews of this book from my other Goodreads buddies many seem disturbed by the character Elizabeth Costello who truly breaks with logic and knows impossible details of characters In other words she is a meta character who speechifies some of the arguments and uestions I’m sure Coetzee had in writing this book and in the hands of a post modernist dilettante this character would have simply been self indulgence an intellectual exercise that proves how smart and well read the writer is But Coetzee uses this character in a much dazzling and unsettling way the same way Beckett uses his characters to inch closer to the terrors of black nothing EC can’t be dismissed as a “meta character” because she materializes with the same fullness as any other character in the book Coetzee puts in work to give her the same physical gestures and sensory life of Paul Rayment You don't uite know how to receive this woman You empathize with her you hear her rattling cough but you also know she’s mannered overly handled by The Author This makes you examine the idea of “character” and you realize there are only slight differences at least in theory between EC and the rest of the gang I felt wonderfully weird reading this book In The Life and Times of Michael K Coetzee pulls a similar move in breaking the symmetry of the book using a 1st person narrative that recounts the first ¾’s of the book told in 3rd person This move itself wasn’t what disturbed the reader It was the position of this move about 34's into the book Huh? Cynthia Ozik considered this the only flaw in the book but maybe I just see flaws as artistic necessities What are we trying to do make the perfect reproduction of the world? Or are we trying to bend light and distort so that the world can experience what the artist sees? I loved this book


  6. says:

    This review originally appeared in the San Jose Mercury News When you've won every possible literary award including the Nobel Prize you're entitled to indulge yourself a little That at least is my explanation for how JM Coetzee came up with this fascinating flop of a novel ''Slow Man'' begins with Paul Rayment a photographer who lives in Australia losing a leg in a bicycle accident The 60 year old Rayment who lives alone and has no close family descends into bitterness He refuses to have a prosthesis fitted and crankily dismisses a series of visiting nurses until he finally finds one a Croatian woman named Marijana with whom he can get along Then gradually he realizes that he's falling in love with her which is something of a problem because she's married and has three children At this point about a third of the way into the book we have few hints that this will be anything other than a conventional novel albeit one animated by Coetzee's superb ability to make us feel the pain rage and frustration that a Paul Rayment must feel Then into Paul's life if we can call it that walks the novelist Elizabeth Costello who informs him ''You occurred to me a man with a bad leg and no future and an unsuitable passion That was where it started Where we go from there I have no idea'' Both the reader and Paul are perplexed as to why this aging woman has suddenly shown up at his flat and announced that she's moving in ''I will be a model guest I promise I won't hang my undies in your bathroom Most of the time you won't notice I am here Just a touch on the shoulder now and then to keep you on the path?'' All he knows is that she's a famous writer ''He tried once to read a book by her a novel but gave up on it it did not hold his attention'' We know or probably should anyway that Elizabeth Costello was the title character of Coetzee's immediately previous book published in 2003 And when she uotes to Paul the opening sentences of ''Slow Man'' we begin to get the idea He's a character in a novel that she's writing And both of them are characters in a novel that Coetzee's writing And once you've stuck your head into that metafictional and metaphysical maze there's no turning back Elizabeth Costello turns out to be an amusingly irritating and didactic busybody She dominates the middle part of the novel as she tries to get Paul to resolve the impasse in his life and her novel She's mostly passive aggressive but occasionally she interferes directly as when she sets up a liaison between Paul and a mysterious woman whom she brings to his flat Paul and the woman make love though neither can see the other She's blind and he's blindfolded This odd incident is a narrative dead end It has no effect on Paul other than to make him reflect on how he's become the author's puppet ''Or might the Costello woman be writing two stories at once stories about characters who suffer a loss sight in the one case ambulation in the other which they must learn to live with; and as an experiment or even as a kind of professional joke might she have arranged for their two life lines to intersect? He has no experience of novelists and how they go about their business but it sounds not implausible'' As Paul's exasperation with Elizabeth Costello grows we get a kind of reverse spin on Pirandello not six characters in search of an author but one character trying to escape from an author But there's only one way Paul can escape from Elizabeth Costello as she explains to him ''The sooner you settle on a course of action and commit yourself to it the sooner you and I to our mutual relief will be able to part'' In other words if a writer creates a character it's up to the character not the author to work out his or her destiny ''For me alone Paul Rayment was born and I for him'' she says ''His is the power of leading mine of following; his of acting mine of writing'' But for all the hall of mirrors cleverness of making an author and her character interact as characters in a novel Coetzee has simply rung a change on an age old novelistic convention the omniscient narrator No George Eliot didn't wander around Middlemarch nudging Dorothea and Ladislaw into action but the effect of having an author who knows what's going on in her characters' heads isn't very different from what Coetzee winds up doing here Once you've accepted the premise that fiction is something that somebody makes up and that it has a complex relationship with what we call real life you haven't gone much further than most of us do when we take our first college lit courses ''Slow Man'' finally rises out of the muddle of metaphysics to become a story again working out Paul's increasingly complicated relationship with Marijana and her family especially her teenage son Drago for whom Paul mistakenly tries to become a surrogate father And Elizabeth Costello becomes than just a meddlesome authorial fairy godmother She has her own story a set of personal problems to work out in tandem with the ones that she has imposed on Paul or from her point of view allowed Paul to impose on himself But by the time the novel's ending arrives it feels tired and anticlimactic as if too much thinking about fiction has sapped the life out of it ''Slow Man'' is undeniably perceptive about many things and throughout it there is the pleasure of watching a brilliant mind at work and play But when a novelist gets too self conscious about writing a novel he or she probably can't give us what we really want a novel to do feel like life unmediated life


  7. says:

    I read far than was necessary to finally determine this book was not worth reading Upon the entrance of Elizabeth Costello I knew pretty much that I was in for a weighty disappointment The main character and his stubborn life style refusals and insistence on furthering an ill fated and inappropriate love affair left me feeling basically disgusted with the pitiful old gent I was embarrassed for all aging men and what they might become if served heaped on a plate filled with leftover mediocrities I have no idea what possessed a man of such talent as Coetzee's to write this drivel and why he allowed it to even be published The text is nothing short of despicable and I doubt the experience will wash completely off me But I will rub and scrub with the harshest of detergents and hope the cleansing chemicals will somehow save me instead of causing a deadly cancer to grow But after reading two thirds of this I cannot imagine what that could be


  8. says:

    The blow catches him from the right sharp and surprising and painful like a bolt of electricity lifting him up off the bicycle Paul Rayment a photographer in Adelaide finds himself in a hospital recovering from a bicycle accident with one leg amputated above the knee He refuses a prosthesis and opts for nursing care After going through a succession of nurses he develops feelings for a Croatian nurse Marijana a married woman with three children In addition to his loss of independence and the problems of aging Paul is coping with loneliness and regrets over never having children He attempts to have Marijana and her children play a major part of his lifeThe first third of the novel seems realistic Then the novelist Elizabeth Costello shows up at Paul's door an annoying woman who he has never met She is a character from JM Coetzee's previous novel She starts reciting the passage at the top of this review The blow catches him When she first heard those words she had asked herself Why do I need this man? Elizabeth Costello seems to be a stand in for the author Coetzee since she knows all about Paul and the other characters She uses her knowledge to try to prod Paul into action At the same time Paul is feeling that she is using his reactions to create a character for a book that she is writing She's a persistent woman constantly visiting although he keeps trying to get rid of her Paul who immigrated from France to Australia as a child is working through his feelings about home about belonging and about love After a career as a portrait photographer Paul seems to be thinking about who the man in his own mirror is as a personThe reader is watching Elizabeth Costello interact with Paul as she gets material for the story that Coetzee has written and we are reading While it's a creative idea it also moves the story from a realistic plane to a position where the reader no longer knows what is real and what is unreal But that's Coetzee an author who has fun playing around with the readers' minds


  9. says:

    This is a complicated book to write about in a few words On one level it is a story of a sad isolated man who suffers the loss of a leg in an accident and who becomes hopelessly and inappropriately infatuated with the woman taking care of him On another level it is the a mediation about the craft of fiction writing and the mysterious relationship between the writer Coetzee aka Elizabeth Costello and the character heshe is creating At the half way point of the story the protagonist says something that is a so disastrous that the author must come on stage to try to rescue the story The two levels are intricately woven together in the second half of the book which ends with an unexpected act of simple kindness that deeply touches the central character I came away with a real sense of compassion for the shut down humanity of the slow man because of course some part of me is a slow man too Coetzee deserves his Nobel


  10. says:

    This is my first reading of author JM Coetzee multiple winner of the Booker Prize as well as a Nobel Prize winner This South African author relocated to Australia in 2002 and I am trying to figure out why I had never heard of him I have another one of his books on my Kindle I should get to before longThis book is interesting moving thought provoking sometimes frustrating but also has much to amuse the reader Our Slow Man Paul would seem to be a physically fit self contained man living in Australia but not born there The immigrant theme rings its bell in several instancesPaul a man of 60 is happily riding his bicycle when a young man listening to music and not driving carefully crashes into him While he is lucky to have not been killed in this road accident the injuries dramatically change his life Doctors amputate above the knee encouraging him to believe he can return to regular life including biking if he goes with prostheticsomething he refusesDetail of life in the hospital then the difficult transition to his flat and the home care providers evokes sympathy and then wariness as he develops what he thinks of as love for a Croatian woman who has a family of her own to take care of in addition to other patientsThis might sound maudlin but it has true revelatory honesty at its core Adding to his physical challenges a woman appears authoress Elizabeth and she literally invades his life It is so very peculiar the reader is struggling to understand her role in this drama angel? prophetess? writer searching for her next leading character? Or did Paul actually die something he eventually asksI look forward to reading works by this highly original author