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The Resource The childhood of Jesus, J. M. Coetzee

The childhood of Jesus, J. M. Coetzee

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The childhood of Jesus
Title
The childhood of Jesus
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J. M. Coetzee
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Language
eng
Summary
"A major new novel from the Nobel Prize-winning author of Waiting for the Barbarians, The Life & Times of Michael K and Disgrace Nobel laureate and two-time Booker Prize winner J. M. Coetzee returns with a haunting and surprising novel about childhood and destiny that is sure to rank with his classic novels. Separated from his mother as a passenger on a boat bound for a new land, David is a boy who is quite literally adrift. The piece of paper explaining his situation is lost, but a fellow passenger, Simón, vows to look after the boy. When the boat docks, David and Simón are issued new names, new birthdays, and virtually a whole new life. Strangers in a strange land, knowing nothing of their surroundings, nor the language or customs, they are determined to find David's mother. Though the boy has no memory of her, Simón is certain he will recognize her at first sight. "But after we find her," David asks, "what are we here for?" An eerie allegorical tale told largely through dialogue, The Childhood of Jesus is a literary feat-a novel of ideas that is also a tender, compelling narrative. Coetzee's many fans will celebrate his return while new readers will find The Childhood of Jesus an intriguing introduction to the work of a true master"--
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Summary
David is a small boy who comes by boat across the ocean to a new country. He has been separated from his parents, and has lost the piece of paper that would have explained everything. On the boat a stranger named Simon takes it upon himself to look after the boy. On arrival they are assigned new names, new birthdates. They know little Spanish, the language of their new country, and nothing about its customs. They have also suffered a kind of forgetting of old attachments and feelings. They are people without a past. Simon's goal is to find the boy's mother. He feels sure he will know her when he sees her. And David? He wants to find his mother too but he also wants to understand where he is and how he fits in. He is a boy who is always asking questions. The Childhood of Jesus is not like any other novel you have read. This beautiful and surprising fable is about childhood, about destiny, about being an outsider. It is a novel about the riddle of experience itself.
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Character
Award
Booklist Editors' Choice, 2013.
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10179038
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DLC
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1940-
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Coetzee, J. M.
Dewey number
823/.912
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR9369.3.C58
LC item number
C45 2013b
Literary form
fiction
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True
Series statement
Childhood of Jesus
Series volume
0001
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Guardian and ward
Target audience
adult
Label
The childhood of Jesus, J. M. Coetzee
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Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
277 pages
Isbn
9780670014651
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2013016960
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
  • 830367612
  • (OCoLC)830367612
Label
The childhood of Jesus, J. M. Coetzee
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
277 pages
Isbn
9780670014651
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2013016960
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
  • 830367612
  • (OCoLC)830367612

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