By J. M. Coetzee
Set in post-apartheid South Africa, J. M. Coetzee’s searing novel tells the tale of David Lurie, a two times divorced, 52-year-old professor of communications and Romantic Poetry at Cape Technical collage. Lurie believes he has created a comfy, if a bit passionless, existence for himself. He lives inside his monetary and emotional ability. although his place on the college has been lowered, he teaches his periods dutifully; and whereas age has lowered his popularity, weekly visits to a prostitute fulfill his sexual wishes. He considers himself chuffed. but if Lurie seduces considered one of his scholars, he units in movement a series of occasions that would shatter his complacency and go away him totally disgraced.
Lurie pursues his dating with the younger Melanie—whom he describes as having hips “as slender as a twelve-year-old’s”—obsessively and narcissistically, ignoring, on one party, her want to not have intercourse. while Melanie and her father inn a grievance opposed to him, Lurie is introduced prior to an instructional committee the place he admits he's accountable of the entire fees yet refuses to specific any repentance for his acts. within the furor of the scandal, jeered at by way of scholars, threatened through Melanie’s boyfriend, ridiculed via his ex-wife, Lurie is compelled to renounce and flees Cape city for his daughter Lucy’s smallholding within the state. There he struggles to re-ignite his dating with Lucy and to appreciate the altering relatives of blacks and whites within the new South Africa. but if 3 black strangers look at their condo asking to make a mobile name, a harrowing afternoon of violence follows which leaves either one of them badly shaken and additional estranged from each other. After a short go back to Cape city, the place Lurie discovers his domestic has additionally been vandalized, he comes to a decision to stick on along with his daughter, who's pregnant with the kid of 1 of her attackers. Now completely humiliated, Lurie devotes himself to volunteering on the animal health center, the place he is helping positioned down diseased and undesirable canine. it really is right here, Coetzee turns out to indicate, that Lurie profits a redeeming experience of compassion absent from his lifestyles as much as this element.
Written with the austere readability that has made J. M. Coetzee the winner of 2 Booker Prizes, Disgrace explores the downfall of 1 guy and dramatizes, with unforgettable, from time to time virtually insufferable, vividness the plight of a rustic stuck within the chaotic aftermath of centuries of racial oppression.