Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Book Review: The Schooldays of Jesus by J.M. Coetzee


This was an unexpected read, slightly outside my usual reading preferences. I think this is very much a case of a book of style over substance. The writing is quite deliberately stylised and did not have a smooth flow to it, in fact it seemed almost staccato on occasions.

The premise is strong, two lost souls trying to corale the unruly boy in their care, the problem for me is I could not seem to truly find empathy for any of the characters therein, when the three old ladies who serve as comedic relief and financial sponsor for the erstwhile lad,are the people I find most compelling it does not really bode well.

There are threads which if even slightly differently woven would have made a more cohesive tale.Asad story of unrequited love between two parents, a magical story of Dance as a revelatory experience, or a tale of unbridled passion gone awry ending in violence. None of them are developed so the story seems to flit from vignette to vignette with little narrative flow.

I am sadly underwhelmed by this despite it being Longlisted for a Booker Prize


1 comment:

  1. Honesty is the best policy in reviews! Thanks, Emma. 🌞

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