By J. M. Coetzee
Set in post-apartheid South Africa, J. M. Coetzee’s searing novel tells the tale of David Lurie, a two times divorced, 52-year-old professor of communications and Romantic Poetry at Cape Technical college. Lurie believes he has created a snug, if a little bit passionless, lifestyles for himself. He lives inside of his monetary and emotional potential. even though his place on the college has been diminished, he teaches his periods dutifully; and whereas age has lowered his reputation, weekly visits to a prostitute fulfill his sexual wishes. He considers himself chuffed. but if Lurie seduces one in all his scholars, he units in movement a sequence of occasions that might shatter his complacency and go away him completely disgraced.
Lurie pursues his dating with the younger Melanie—whom he describes as having hips “as narrow as a twelve-year-old’s”—obsessively and narcissistically, ignoring, on one get together, her want to not have intercourse. whilst Melanie and her father resort a criticism opposed to him, Lurie is introduced prior to an instructional committee the place he admits he's responsible of all of the fees yet refuses to precise any repentance for his acts. within the furor of the scandal, jeered at through scholars, threatened through Melanie’s boyfriend, ridiculed via his ex-wife, Lurie is compelled to surrender and flees Cape city for his daughter Lucy’s smallholding within the kingdom. There he struggles to re-ignite his dating with Lucy and to appreciate the altering kinfolk of blacks and whites within the new South Africa. but if 3 black strangers look at their apartment asking to make a cellphone name, a harrowing afternoon of violence follows which leaves either one of them badly shaken and additional estranged from each other. After a quick go back to Cape city, the place Lurie discovers his domestic has additionally been vandalized, he comes to a decision to stick on together with his daughter, who's pregnant with the kid of 1 of her attackers. Now completely humiliated, Lurie devotes himself to volunteering on the animal sanatorium, the place he is helping positioned down diseased and undesirable canines. it's right here, Coetzee turns out to indicate, that Lurie profits a redeeming feel of compassion absent from his existence as much as this aspect.
Written with the austere readability that has made J. M. Coetzee the winner of 2 Booker Prizes, Disgrace explores the downfall of 1 guy and dramatizes, with unforgettable, now and then virtually insufferable, vividness the plight of a rustic stuck within the chaotic aftermath of centuries of racial oppression.