Stranger Shores: Essays 1986-1999

J.M. Coetzee

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Stranger Shores: Essays 1986-1999

Stranger Shores Essays J M Coetzee is without question one of the world s greatest novelists This volume gathers together for the first time in book form twenty nine pieces on books writing photography and the Rugb

  • Title: Stranger Shores: Essays 1986-1999
  • Author: J.M. Coetzee
  • ISBN: 9780099422624
  • Page: 406
  • Format: Paperback
  • J M Coetzee is, without question, one of the world s greatest novelists This volume gathers together for the first time in book form twenty nine pieces on books, writing, photography and the 1995 Rugby World Cup in South Africa Stranger Shores opens with What is a Classic in which Coetzee explores the answer to his own question What does it mean in living terms tJ M Coetzee is, without question, one of the world s greatest novelists This volume gathers together for the first time in book form twenty nine pieces on books, writing, photography and the 1995 Rugby World Cup in South Africa Stranger Shores opens with What is a Classic in which Coetzee explores the answer to his own question What does it mean in living terms to say that the classic is what survives by way of TS Eliot, JS Bach and Zbigniew Herbert.His subjects range from eighteenth and nineteenth century writers Daniel Defoe, Samuel Richardson and Ivan Turgenev, to the great German modernists Rilke, Kafka, and Musil, to the giants of late twentieth century literature, among them Harry Mulisch, Joseph Brodsky, Jorge Luis Borges, Salman Rushdie, Amos Oz, Naguib Mahfouz, Nadine Gordimer and Doris Lessing.

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    1. Jim on said:

      I started reading J. M. Coetzee's Stranger Shores: Essays 1986-1999 thinking, "Well, I'll just give it a try." I found myself being enthralled by the author's South African perspective of both the West and his own native land. Then, too, most of the essays were about writers with whom I wasn't familiar, largely from the Netherlands, Germany, Israel and the Middle East, and finally South Africa. Years ago, I had read two or three of Coetzee's novels and found them interesting, particularly Waitin [...]

    2. Marcel Ozymantra on said:

      To write a review about Strangers Shores - essays feels a bit like a Droste: most of the essays are so close to reviews that it’s hard to distinguish between the two. That’s not implying that Coetzee doesn’t reach a certain depth like one expects in essays, but he does remain superficial now and then, notating not much more than what’s in the reviewed books and ending with a summing up of some of it’s faults. If I would condense his criticism to stars I’d say he gives most three star [...]

    3. Lukasz Pruski on said:

      A collection of literary criticism essays? Must be my first; well, maybe about half a century ago, in high school, I had to read a few essays when preparing for the rigorous graduation exam. Yet if the essays have been written by one of my favorite authors, J.M. Coetzee, I just had to try. "Stranger Shores. Literary Essays 1986 - 1999" totally captivates: another great work of the master. The twenty six essays deal with a wide spectrum of writers, for instance, Borges, Defoe, Dostoyevsky, Kafka, [...]

    4. Harold Bloom Jr on said:

      Exactly how does one of the greatest living practitioners of the novel feel about other great novelists? J.M.Coetzee rarely gives interviews. So, it is a real joy to read his thoughts on literature. STRANGER SHORES: ESSAYS 1986 TO 1999 is a real gem. It contatins 29 essays from Coetzee's lecture called 'What is a Classic?' to brilliant pieces on Kafka, Borges, Rushdie, A.S.Byatt, Caryl Philips, and Dostoevsky. Coetzee even ventures outside his obscession to dwell on photography and the Rugby Wor [...]

    5. Chris Dietzel on said:

      I love Coetzee. He is one of my top three favorite living authors and his books have greatly influenced me. Because of this, I had high hopes for his literary essays. But instead of discussing anything noteworthy to fans of the author (i.e his assessment of the current state of literature, the evolution as he sees it of storytelling in the last few decades), these essays deal with obscure topics that mainly focus on other modern literary critiques. If you want to read critiques of critiques, thi [...]

    6. Salvatore on said:

      Insightful essays that perhaps aren't as academic as those found in his previous essay collections, but they are just as challenging and insightful. I don't know where he has the time to read all of this and form such tight opinions (ouch to Caryl Phillips and AS Byatt; well done Breyten Breytenbach [hmm] and Aharon Appelfeld). The questions of 'What is a Classic?' and how to film Richardson's Clarissa are of particular interest.

    7. Guillermo Ollarves on said:

      Análisis muy sobrios por parte de J. M. Coetzee, sobre los contextos afectivos y socio-políticos en los que se desenvolvieron los diversos autores -la mayoría surafricanos- que nos presenta. Un viaje por diversas costas que nos enseñan mucho sobre las disputas de derechas e izquierdas, liberalismos y conservadurismos que han marcado los últimos siglos sin someterse a las pasiones; y a su vez, un viaje que le enseña al extranjero un poco de la historia desconocida de Suráfrica.

    8. Prooost Davis on said:

      Here is a fine book of literary criticism by a true scholar. Coetzee displays wide and deep knowledge of novelists and poets from around the world and from many eras. It was wonderful to read a critic who obviously loves literature and cares enough about his subject to know what he's talking about and to give the works and their authors a fair shake.

    9. M. Sarki on said:

      More than a bit of a bore compared to my earlier read of Inner Workings: Literary Essays 2000-2005 which was fantastic. Nothing much of interest to me here keeping me glued to the pages.

    10. Paola on said:

      Fare la recensione a un libro che raccoglie le recensioni di Coetzee, premio Nobel della letteratura, bhé mi sembra un tantino presuntuoso.Non posso fare altro che consigliare di leggerlo.Si impara tantissimo.

    11. l. on said:

      Apart from the first essay, `What is a Classic`(which is also the best piece imo), these essays are really more highly specific book reviews than anything else. Still, came across some writers I would like to read from Coetzee`s reviews, and a few interesting points on some familiar writers.

    12. Ta on said:

      If you want to know anything about Dutch and African literature it's a good start.

    13. Seán on said:

      Coetzee's essay on Rushdie is the greatest essay written in the last 30 years bar none. Very few can scold Rushdie like a school boy and be taken seriously.

    14. John Pistelli on said:

      Mostly read in summer 2004, summer 2006, and consulter thereafter.

    15. Anirudh Karnick on said:

      Confirms my impression of Coetzee as "hard" - the essays provide information but aren't particularly illuminating, if you compare him to other writer-critics like Josipovici and Kundera.

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