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The author of the book: J.M. Coetzee
Edition: فرهنگ نشر نو
Date of issue: 2008
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Language: English
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Just a few words, a first step...

Life and Times of Michael K completely lived up to what I expected from J.M. Coetzee, after having been overwhelmed by his Disgrace. It is much more than the slow thinking Michael K. It is about his inner strenght and his search for survival, in a world in which we are eminently alone. But it goes beyond even that, it is about the depths one can reach through the things we value, and their meanings when they are extensions of one’s true self.

If life is a journey, Life and Times of Michael K is a road-trip of survival in a world enterily set against him. “His first step was to hollow out the sides of the crevice till it was wider at the bottom than the top, and to flatten the gravel bed. The narrower end he blocked with a heap of stones. Then he laid the three fence posts across the crevice, and upon them the iron sheet, with slabs of stone to hold it down. He now had a cave or burrow five feet deep.”
To escape the downpur the only choice it to vanish, get smaller and smaller…
“He thought of himself not as something heavy that left tracks behind it, but if anything, as a speck upon the surface of an earth too deeply asleep to notice the scratch of ant feet, the rasp of butterfly teeth, the tumbling of dust.” And, “No papers, no money; no family, no friends, no sense of who you are. The obscurest of the obscure, so obscure as to be a prodigy.”
What is there left, if he could just disappear would he become free of this terrible world?
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So soon after revealing here my first impressions yesterday, after exchanging comments with my dear friends Seemita and Dolors, I feel compelled to add:

Yes, there's much more. How could I have covered it thoroughly with some rapid thoughts... Indeed, Michael K, alone in a brutal world of roving armies and unable to bear confinement, escapes in search of salvation. This is a life affirming road-trip that reaches what is most worthy: the need for an interior or spiritual life. What can he do within his own limitations or constraints? What can anyone reach for, when faced with a journey of suffering that will inevitably lead to an inconceivable nothingness? Thus, Michael K finds his saving grace in [T]he truth, the truth about me. 'I am gardener,' he said again aloud. Ah, such purity. I am more than a earthworm, he thought. Which is a kind of gardener. Or a mole, also a gardener, that does not tell stories because it lives in silence. How could Michael K not remind me of Voltaire's satirical Candide (who after tragedy and violence, finally finds his just-retreat in [W]e must cultivate our garden!)? As to Michael K, simple but not less alive or aware of who he is. Who can be certain to have achieved so much, under such harsh circumstances or so alone? I don't know if I would have, at least without a paralyzing despair.
I was mute and stupid in the beginning, I will be mute and stupid at the end. There is nothing to be ashamed of in being in being simple. He does not seem stupid, after all.

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Ebook زندگی و زمانه‌ی مایکل ک read Online! John Maxwell Coetzee is an author and academic from South Africa. He is now an Australian citizen and lives in South Australia. A novelist and literary critic as well as a translator, Coetzee has won the Booker Prize twice and was awarded the 2003 Nobel Prize in Literature.

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