Monday, September 08, 2008
YOUTH by J.M.Coetzee
One of my students loaned me his copy of YOUTH because he thought I would enjoy the narrative and the literary references to Eliot, Pound, Beckett and Ford.
18-year-old John, the narrator, is disgruntled especially about living in apartheid South Africa in the 1950s, so he moves to London to begin his life as a poet. He is equally disappointed there when he secures a job as a computer programmer with IBM, a vocation that totally depresses him.
In this coming-of-age novel, this young man's struggle to find his way in the world Coetzee writes with tenderness and clarity.