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Summertime: Fiction (Hardcover)

by J. M. Coetzee

World Cup Reading: Books, Beers, Bars 5

It's all a question of the right book for the right occasion. For some people, that occasion will be at a bar where you’ll hear the zizzing of vuvuzelas, the shouting of national anthems, the thumping of a jabulani. It’s hard to justify spending hours in front of the screen, drinking beer no less, unless, of course, you bring a book.

Christmas Week New Releases 0

A Year in Reading: Kate Christensen 1

Any outrage Coetzee evokes with his various portrayals of the treatments of animals, of blacks, of women, is achieved without raising the decibel level of his voice above the mildly conversational. Therein lies much of his narrative power.

A Year in Reading: Mark Sarvas 2

I've gotten hours upon hours of pleasure returning to this beautifully illustrated, intelligently annotated volume.

Booker Shortlist Heavy on Big Names 0

Some of the biggest names in literature got the nod from the Booker judges for this year's shortlist including J.M. Coetzee, A.S. Byatt, and Hilary Mantel. Three others also made the cut.

Booker Prize Odds and More 1

The Booker's Dozen: The 2009 Booker Longlist 1