Disgrace

I know…it would be fun to delve into some juicy personal story but, rather, I have to steer you to one of the best novels I have read in many moons.

Not too long ago I read a review from Beverly’s blog for January 26th, 2009 about a book which peeked my interest, Disgrace by J.M Coetzee. After reading Beverly’s review I ordered the book. The story begins in Cape Town, Africa, where David Lurie is a professor at the local university. He becomes enmeshed in circumstances that are within his control but choses not to address. The story leads him north to stay with his daughter, Lucy, for awhile on her small farm. While David and Lucy spend their days living the difficult existence of rural Africa they endure a horrific incident that further stresses their already strained relationship. I can’t give up the story, and I will warn it is explicit and not for the faint of heart. I’d love to hear your thoughts if you should read this novel. It’s short, compelling and not so sweet.