Slow Man

Slow Man

Book - 2005
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After photographer Paul Rayment loses his leg in a bicycle accident he returns to his bachelor’s apartment in Adelaide, Australia. His spirits are lifted when he finds himself falling in love with Marijana, his practical, down-to-earth Croatian nurse. As Paul contemplates how to win her heart, he is visited by the writer Elizabeth Costello, who threatens to take over the direction of his life and the affairs of his heart.
Publisher: London : Secker & Warburg, 2005.
ISBN: 9780436206115
0436206110
Characteristics: 265 p.

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multcolib_susannel Sep 16, 2014

This books begins as a ordinary, though well- written story about photographer, Paul Rament, who is trying to cope after having had his leg amputated.
Then somewhere in the middle it veers off into uncharted territory- who is the mysterious Elizabeth Cotton and why does she tell him-" you just came to me- I couldn't say no" ?

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elinpat
Apr 25, 2012

As usual coetze writes like an angel. This one about old age and deteriation. Quite appropriate for me. Not one of my favourites.

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cainsriver
Nov 04, 2011

Interesting story about a major transition forced upon a 60 year old man by no fault of his own. As usual with J M Coetzee, the older man lusts for a much younger woman, and at times becomes overbearing. Despite this, it's a very enliightening glimpse into aging, illness, home care, lonlines, lust, and most importantly, the power behind solid family values.

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chrisky6
Jul 21, 2010

A satisfying read; the book slowly evolves into a complex, sometimes uncomfortable, but in the end poignant story about disability and care.

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