Book Review- Disgrace by J.M Coetzee


J.M Coetzee is an award winning writer who received Booker price twice. First in 1983 for his novel, ‘Life and Times of Michael K’ and in 1999 for ‘Disgrace’.

The novel Disgrace derives its inspiration for the social and political situation in the post apartheid South Africa. The country gained independence from apartheid colonilalism in 1994. 


The protagonist David Lurie teaches Romantic poetry at the Technical University of Cape Town, South Africa. ‘A man of his age, fifty two, divorced, he has to his mind, solved the problems of sex rather well’, meets Soraya a prostitute every Thursday.  After Soraya stopped seeing him abruptly, he seduced a young girl Melanie Issac, his student. 

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