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Elizabeth Costello

Author: J M Coetzee
Publisher: New York : Viking, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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Elizabeth Costello is a distinguished and aging Australian novelist whose life is revealed through a series of eight formal addresses. From an award-acceptance speech at a New England liberal arts college to a lecture on evil in Amsterdam and a sexually charged reading by the poet Robert Duncan, the author draws the reader toward its astonishing conclusion. The novel is, on its surface, the story of a woman's life  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Psychological fiction
Fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Coetzee, J. M., 1940-
Elizabeth Costello.
New York : Viking, c2003
(OCoLC)606990027
Material Type: Fiction, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: J M Coetzee
ISBN: 0670031305 9780670031306
OCLC Number: 52853016
Description: 230 p. ; 22 cm.
Contents: Realism --
Novel in Africa --
Lives of animals, the philosophers and the animals --
Lives of animals, the poets and the animals --
Humanities in Africa --
Problem of evil --
Eros --
At the gate --
Letter of Elizabeth, Lady Chandos.
Responsibility: J.M. Coetzee.
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Elizabeth Costello is a distinguished and aging Australian novelist whose life is revealed through a series of eight formal addresses. From an award-acceptance speech at a New England liberal arts college to a lecture on evil in Amsterdam and a sexually charged reading by the poet Robert Duncan, the author draws the reader toward its astonishing conclusion. The novel is, on its surface, the story of a woman's life as mother, sister, lover, and writer. Yet it is also a profound and haunting meditation on the nature of storytelling.

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on the respect due animals (the lives of the animals)

by dacase (WorldCat user published 2011-01-12) Excellent Permalink

    This is one of the best literary treatments of the issue of so-called animal rights.  I beg the pardon of my readers who have not read it for giving away the essence of the issue from Coetzee's point of view, which is that so much of our sentimental feelings towards...
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