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    Read & Download Å E-book, or Kindle E-pub Þ J.M. Coetzee Life Times of Michael K E–book/E–pub Just a few words a first stepLife and Times of Michael K completely lived up to what I expected from JM Coetzee after having been overwhelmed by his Disgrace It is much than the slow thinking Michael K It is about his inner

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    Life Times of Michael K E–book/E–pub Three allegoric movements compose this symphonic tale whose inert melody is inwardly repeated in a concentric canon of voices where character wr

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    Life Times of Michael K E–book/E–pub Is life a journey? And how to survive when the entire world seems to turn against you?His first step was to hollow out the

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    Read Life Times of Michael K Life Times of Michael K E–book/E–pub This review dedicated to 'Ya Boy' I'ma sip this you do the rest The Community of Misery 'Misery loves company' I've always kind of really hated that expression because rightly or not I've usually deciphered the unsettling subtext whenever it's employed ie that people experiencing misfortunes or enduring profound unhappiness prefer that others are likewise afflicted When I was younger for instance my father a n

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    Read Life Times of Michael K Read & Download Å E-book, or Kindle E-pub Þ J.M. Coetzee J.M. Coetzee Þ 9 Download During a civil war in South Africa Michael K a simple man born with a harelip tries to get help for his sick mother; then after she dies he attempts to take her ashes to the farm where she grew upThere’s something powerful yet elusive about this short novel by Nobel laureate JM Coetzee As in his other Booker Prize winning novel Disgrace this fictional world is simultaneously familiar and nightmarishThe spirit of Franz Kafka hov

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    Life Times of Michael K E–book/E–pub Like Disgrace and Waiting for the Barbarians Life and Times of Michael K certainly left it's mark on me and of the three I'd say it was the most intriguing However overall I still think the other two were the better novels as its simple minded protagonist here felt like a cloddish plot device than a real man I really couldn't work him out Just how much of a dullard was he?Coetzee is persistently reminding the reader just how much

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    Life Times of Michael K E–book/E–pub CONTAINS SPOILERS IE HIGHLY INSULTING REMARKS ABOUT THE LAST PART OF THE BOOKUh oh Last thing I want to do is fall out with my bookfacingoodreadinfingerlickin friends such as Donald and Jessica both of whom think this is so good you have to invent a new word for it good just isn't good enough brilliant is almost an insult So as you can tel

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    Read Life Times of Michael K Read & Download Å E-book, or Kindle E-pub Þ J.M. Coetzee J.M. Coetzee Þ 9 Download I have been thinking how much a good book is like an organic thing When the proper level of alchemical transformation is reached between a sk

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    Read & Download Å E-book, or Kindle E-pub Þ J.M. Coetzee J.M. Coetzee Þ 9 Download Life Times of Michael K E–book/E–pub War is the father of all and king of all Some he shows as gods others as men Some he makes slaves and others free But how does one differentiate between The Slave and The Free? Is that Man a slave whose captivity by the victor frees him of his worldly expectations? Or should we call that Man free who has no kin to bother about since they have all been enslaved in the war fire? Is it possible to live a life wi

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Life Times of Michael K Summary ☆ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Bear confinement and escapes determined to live with dignity Life and Times of Michael K goes to the centre of human experience the need for an interior spiritual life for some connections to the world in which we li. This review dedicated to Ya Boy I ma sip this you do the rest The Community of Misery Misery loves company I ve always kind of really hated that expression because rightly or not I ve usually deciphered the unsettling subtext whenever it s employed ie that people experiencing misfortunes or enduring profound unhappiness prefer that others are likewise afflicted When I was younger for instance my father a nouveau riche who absurdly prided himself on the mythologized poverty of his youth was fond of the saying I used to be sad because I had no shoes but then I met a man who had no feet As a grossly insensitive that is to say normal child the idea of a footless man was greatly humorous to me so the moral was lost I was too busy imagining a sort of idiot manchild waddling around as if on rounded off stilts to bother thinking about the relativism of misery But now as a highly actualized compassionate man uit laughing you fucker when I think of these sayings which seem to pit our own misery in a competition with those of others I find them disturbingly utilitarian or worse sadistic In considering Coetzee s exceptionally grim novel Life and Times of Michael K I am leery of invoking anything that even vaguely stinks of the MLC Misery loves company ethos but at the risk of still calling to mind these allusions I d prefer to speak of a community of misery Now you Mary Poppins types yeah the ones who live in a debilitating state of denial regarding their material and existential plight will heckle jump up on tables maybe burst into song Who knows But it is fundamentally wrong and ergo stupid to deny that misery is a fundamental part of life It is You may call misery by another name a kinder gentler palatable name instead of misery for instance perhaps you encounter challenges or suffer setbacks At any rate let s not fret over semantics and let s concede that shit happens Holy shit does shit ever happen And it happens to some people than to other people And perhaps even interestingly some people are better euipped psychologically biologically to cope with shit than other people are The latter category of people may pejoratively be referred to as weak but in many cases where unhappiness appears organic this is akin to saying that the lazy bastard with the leukemia who lies around all the time is merely shiftless But that s another discussion altogether The community of misery I m speaking of is the shared experience wherein we realize that our suffering is unexceptional We discover this for example in our day to day interactions with So and So when he happens to say that he wakes up in the middle of the night sweating and shrieking with terror at the realization that his body is a mechanism a factory of life if you will and it operates precariously without his supervision or awareness and is subject to unforeseeable defects and irregularities That it like a car or a toaster or a fax machine may suddenly cease to operate correctly or to operate at all And then you say Omigod I do the same thing I wake up in the night shrieking about my strangely mechanistic biology The example is exaggerated of course but in the prior instance the Hypothetical You have entered a community of misery You have discovered that you are unexceptional Now usually you understand when we speak of something being unexceptional it s generally considered either insulting or dismissive But not so misery It s a horrible horrible horrible thing to be miserable but it s exponentially worse to imagine that no one has any insight or empathetic entryway to our pain We don t necessarily want to bring people down to our level but we want to be understood and to not be alone Occasionally I want to be alone to read to masturbate to scribble down my thoughts about this or that but I don t believe and this is arrogant extrapolation that it is in the nature of the human condition to want to be alone in a greater existential sense We desire community Maybe not even a literal community but a community of empathy and understanding Michael K Whipping Boy This book is about many things some of them allegorical but it is also about misery or whatever we choose to call it in our own vocabularies Michael K the protagonist suffers what most of us would call in the vernacular a pretty fucked up life He s impoverished He s harelipped He s a simpleton His mother is dying and must be cared for He is mostly alone in every sense of the term He is abused seemingly by everyone around him He is subject to misunderstanding and misinterpretation by those he meets He is placed in a work camp He hides in an underground burrow His life is undirected it s just bland endurance working toward nothing When I read this book I was reminded of some of the films of Lars Von Trier such as Dogville and Dancer in the Dark in which he introduces a noble and innocent but somewhat naive protagonist Nicole Kidman and Bj rk s characters respectively into a relentlessly cruel environment and lets the environment fuck her over in the worst way either corrupting or destroying her This is where the comparison ends however because while Von Trier is aggressive and manipulative Coetzee s writing is humane and compassionate Von Trier always seemed to me interested in the environment in which the naif character is just a cipher whereas Coetzee here also appears concerned with the victim a term I use with great reluctance because of how it is heavily weighted in society today Allegorical intent aside what Coetzee creates in Michael K is the impetus for a community of misery in which the readers are forced to identify with Michael K and later with Michael K s environment as the narrative shifts from third person to first person Beyond the social critiue of the novel and at a fundamental level it addresses what it means to be alone completely unfathomably alone in the world in a way that is both moving and unsentimentalized And this is surely a credit to Coetzee s talent Consider the following sentence in which a doctor at an internment camp speaks of Michael K With Michaels The doctor doesn t know his correct name it always seemed to me that someone had scuffled together a handful of dust spat on it and patted it into the shape of a rudimentary man making one or two mistakes the mouth and without a doubt the contents of the head omitting one or two details the sex but coming up nevertheless in the end with a genuine little man of earth the kind of little man one sees in peasant art emerging into the world from between the suat thighs of its mother host with fingers ready hooked and back ready bent for a life of burrowing a creature that spends its waking life stooped over the soil that when at last its time comes digs its own grave and slips uietly in and draws the heavy earth over its head like a blanket and cracks a last smile and turns over and descends into sleep home at last while unnoticed as ever somewhere far away the grinding of the wheels of history continuesThis is what great art does of course It s not rocket science to understand this but what great writers do is something akin to rocket science inscrutable to laymen seemingly mystically effective They make us feel less alone and leave us with an augmented sense of the world we live in So if you suffer in a very particular way yes you ll almost always find an uncanny affirmation in literature music painting whatever And by seeking to explicate and to understand that pain art lessens it in some miraculous way And that right there is one of the best reasons to read at all I think

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Life Times of Michael K Summary ☆ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ve and for purity of vision'This is a truly astonishing novel I finished Life Times of Michael K in a state of elation for all the misery and suffering it contains I cannot recommend it highly enough' Evening Standard. I have been thinking how much a good book is like an organic thing When the proper level of alchemical transformation is reached between a skilled author at the top of his game and a reader with the proper level of receptivity and empathy then something new and wonderful is birthed You are no longer dealing with some pulped paper glued together with some artfulor not cover protecting its frail glyphs but you are in the presence of something larger vaster and infinitely sacred than just a good yarn designed to kill some time You actually are allowed to see the world through another pair of eyes observe act fail to act feel watch an entire life spool out with Technicolor vividness rest firmly embedded in another for the length of the journey that is the book That is something rare and wonderful that isn t often to be found but I think it is close to the root of why certain readers trumpet certain authors and books with the fervor of one who has found The Grail or some other talisman of sacred import The Life and Times of Michael K is my most recent experience where I closed a book at its end and felt I had been exposed completely to a real living soul where I felt the alchemy of a life lived thorough another take place The book is the journey of one frail physically malformed and mentally challenged man through the horrors of South African during the apartheid era Michael K s journey is one that begins in poverty and oppression travels outwards into greater malignancies and terrors and ends in a cruel stasis that might be synonymous with death And yetthis book never once struck me as being depressed morbid or overly sad Through the strength of the writing I was so utterly with Michael most of the time I could not stand outside dispassionately and think about what a terrible lot in life he had And while the arc of Michael s journey is pitiful one of mere subsistence for the greater part there are also scenes of corresponding beauty that make you realize that even though Michael is a simpleton his connection to the land to the earth is something much subtle and deep Michael is a planter and a gardener and he finds what redemption he can from his hands delving into the red clay that is the body of South Africa and though he wouldn t know how to express it there is sense of completeness and soul solace he achieves there that makes his life seem not wholly pitiful By letting this half starved hair lipped street urchin be the recipient of these small instances of grace Coetzee is really delivering a uite pass and subversive message the most sordid lives might still seem to the ones experiencing them eminently worth living And by letting Michael K remain his plodding dim and unaware self throughout this book after numerous exposures to the brutal injustices of apartheid war and exile Coetzee has also delivered a stirring paean to the capacity of the individual no matter how slight and flawed to stand and prevail against anything

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Life Times of Michael K Summary ☆ E-book, or Kindle E-pub In a South Africa torn by civil war Michael K sets out to take his mother back to her rural home On the way there she dies leaving him alone in an anarchic world of brutal roving armies Imprisoned Michael is unable to. Three allegoric movements compose this symphonic tale whose inert melody is inwardly repeated in a concentric canon of voices where character writer and reader create a fused metanarration alternating rhythms of disuiet frigidity and discomfortIt all starts with bafflementMichael K is an outsider with a harelip a defective soul whom people take for an indolent moron a wooden man thrown into the battlefield of life with a past as opaue as his present and as elusive as his futureI read subjugated tempted to dissect such specimen to find a logical explanation but the text acts as a mirror showing a reflection of myself that is everything but gratifyingMichael K pushes a wheelbarrow that carries his sick mother to her native town in the countryside with little awareness of the phantasmagorical atmosphere that rings in the reader s ears with its muted bombs disguised mine shafts and nightmarish ambushes Does it really matter whether the civil war occurs in South Africa during Apartheid time Dehumanization knows of no races no nationalities no dogmas and Michael s insignificant life is diluted in the ocean of human miseryMichael K abandons himself to starvation surrounded by sterile nature in a desperate attempt to step out of the Kafkaesue labyrinth of mankind and to return to origins to reconnect with the earth that nurtures his pumpkin seeds and his gardener soul The silver moonbeams the sight of every morning and the shadow of the mountain shape his atemporal existence in an alien world where man and land become one Michael K knows he is nothing He doesn t want to die because his life is not even worth telling but ironically he lives in dying intensely than he does in living He refutes the absurdity of an imposed system based on bigoted domination and ruthless abuse and sets for the path of self determination through passive resistance With isolation comes spiritual transformation and echoing one of the most famous bugs in the history of literature Michael K metamorphoses into a smaller harder and drier lethargic creature whose consciousness appears and fragmented each passing dayMichael K is captured and sent to a rehabilitation camp His mind obeys because his rebellion wouldn t make a difference but his body acts of his own accord refusing to be poisoned by food that will revive his emaciated frame into a sellable piece of meat ready to be exploited mistreated and deprived of identity The initial bafflement gives way to an escalating distress that reaches its pinnacle coinciding with a narrative shift in the second movement of the novella The omniscient Michael K disappears and a first person narrator embodied in one of the doctors of the labour camp takes his place and starts contemplating Michael s motives for his stubborn refusal to eat making the new narrator reflect on his inculcated beliefs and his reasons to endorse war Why does he feel an irrepressible urge to save this weird man What is the story hidden behind his patient s silence What is he fighting for The doctor s persistent pondering seeps over and into the reader s thirst for answers and his voice takes a universal uality transcending fiction character and plotlineDoctor reader the same Coetzee or even the whole humanity incarnate the metaphorical voice over dwelling on the story of a man without history who understands nothing about wars political ideologies dogmatic belief races life death love or even pain but whose apparent indifference bears a terrifying consistency and a mystical aura reminiscent of Melville s scrivener Bartleby and his motto I would prefer not to Pacifist revolutionary Dauntless freethinker Coetzee doesn t supply answers and his slippery hero dissolves into the reeking darkness of a recondite barrow in the uterus of a depraved civilization where he waits in eternal stand by oblivious to past or future to be reborn in a shocking and final third movement where the obscurest of the obscure becomes a prodigy And I stupefied reader whose life and times are inconseuential look at the world with closed eyes and see deserts blooming with pumpkin flowers that smell like groundless hope

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  • Life Times of Michael K
  • J.M. Coetzee
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  • 07 March 2020
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