Slow Man

Slow Man

Book - 2005
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Publisher: London : Secker & Warburg, 2005
ISBN: 9780436206115
Branch Call Number: FIC
823 C673s
Characteristics: 265 pages ; 23 cm


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Unflinching in its vision of suffering and generous in its portrayal of the spirit of care, Slow Man is a masterful work of fiction by one of the world's greatest writers. If you like the work of Ruth Ozeki you may enjoy this thought provoking work about the character Paul Rayment who is on the t... Read More »

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 friends. He hires a nurse named Marijana, with whom he has a European childhood in common... Read More »

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multcolib_susannel Sep 16, 2014

This books begins as a ordinary, though well- written story about photographer, Paul Rament, who is trying to cope after having had his leg amputated.
Then somewhere in the middle it veers off into uncharted territory- who is the mysterious Elizabeth Cotton and why does she tell him-" you just came to me- I couldn't say no" ?

Apr 25, 2012

As usual coetze writes like an angel. This one about old age and deteriation. Quite appropriate for me. Not one of my favourites.

Nov 04, 2011

Interesting story about a major transition forced upon a 60 year old man by no fault of his own. As usual with J M Coetzee, the older man lusts for a much younger woman, and at times becomes overbearing. Despite this, it's a very enliightening glimpse into aging, illness, home care, lonlines, lust, and most importantly, the power behind solid family values.

Jul 21, 2010

A satisfying read; the book slowly evolves into a complex, sometimes uncomfortable, but in the end poignant story about disability and care.

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