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 collage. Lurie believes he has created a comfy, if a bit of passionless, lifestyles for himself. He lives inside his monetary and emotional capacity. notwithstanding his place on the collage has been lowered, he teaches his periods dutifully; and whereas age has lowered his acceptance, weekly visits to a prostitute fulfill his sexual wishes. He considers himself satisfied. but if Lurie seduces considered one of his scholars, he units in movement a series of occasions that would shatter his complacency and go away him completely disgraced.
Lurie pursues his courting with the younger Melanie—whom he describes as having hips “as slender as a twelve-year-old’s”—obsessively and narcissistically, ignoring, on one party, her want to not have intercourse. whilst Melanie and her father resort a grievance opposed to him, Lurie is introduced ahead of an educational committee the place he admits he's to blame of the entire fees yet refuses to specific any repentance for his acts. within the furor of the scandal, jeered at by way of scholars, threatened through Melanie’s boyfriend, ridiculed by means of his ex-wife, Lurie is compelled to renounce and flees Cape city for his daughter Lucy’s smallholding within the nation. There he struggles to re-ignite his courting with Lucy and to appreciate the altering family members of blacks and whites within the new South Africa. but if 3 black strangers seem at their condo asking to make a mobile name, a harrowing afternoon of violence follows which leaves either one of them badly shaken and extra 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 placed 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, from time to time nearly insufferable, vividness the plight of a rustic stuck within the chaotic aftermath of centuries of racial oppression.