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Book Club – “Elizabeth Costello” by J.M. Coetzee

The book we will be discussing is “Elizabeth Costello” by J.M. Coetzee.

J. M. Coetzee is an award winning writer from South Africa, now living in Australia and the United States, where he teaches at the University of Chicago. He has won two Booker Prizes and the Nobel Prize in Literature.
“Coetzee is one of the few living writers routinely described as great.”
(The New York Review of Books)

Elizabeth Costello is told through a series of thought-provoking chapters, or lessons. The topics include: realism, animal rights, the novel, religion, evil, eros, and speculation on the mechanics of the afterlife.

This is a story of a woman’s life as mother, sister, lover, and writer. Coetzee has succeeded remarkably in creating the character of a woman undergoing the transition from middle age to old age.

“Brilliant, extraordinarily comprehensive and satisfying.”
-Los Angeles Times Book Review

This novel is sure to generate lively discussion.