© 2009 Linsen. All rights reserved. Youth


I have, of course, known about JM Coetzee’s novels for quite some time (Disgrace is still waiting on my shelf), but even so I didn’t really know what to expect from Youth.

This semi-autobiographical novel is written from the perspective of a young South African in the 1960s who moves to London after finishing his degree in Cape Town.

While being excellently written, I found the uncertainty and agonising of the main character somewhat frustrating to read; more so because the book is written as a first-person stream-of-consciousness. In all I found it rather reminiscent of JD Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye, and frustrating for the same reasons (although even this frustration must attest to the quality of the writing).

I look forward to reading more of Coetzee’s works.


  1. Posted 18 Nov ’09 at 11:06 am | Permalink

    Hmf, I really enjoyed Catcher in the Rye :P I look forward to your review of Disgrace.

  2. Helenevt
    Posted 21 Nov ’09 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    Jy kan in my JM Coetzee boekklub wees! Al wat jy moet doen, is ‘ja’ sê.
    Nog nie Youth gelees nie. Wel Disgrace, besig met Diary of a Bad Year (vir te lank al…), en Elizabeth Costello wag op die rak.

    • Posted 23 Nov ’09 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

      Ja :-) Ek sal met graagte enigiemand se boekklub join. Sal beslis binnekort nog JM Coetzee lees…

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