One has just been sent out as a biblical dove, has found nothing green, and slips back
into the darkness of the ark -- Kafka

Friday, October 16, 2015

Coetzee's "The Childhood of Jesus"

One Coetzee has led to another. I thought early reviews had said it was only so-so, but I recently read a review (can't remember who or where) that claimed it might be his best. That, and the fact that it's supposedly somewhat Kafkaesque (haven't read much, but it already feels like I'm somehow near The Castle), made me say, Let's give it a try.


From the beginning:

The man at the gate points them towards a low, sprawling building in the middle distance. 'If you hurry,' he says, 'you can check in before they close their doors for the day.'
     They hurry. Centro de Reubicacion Novilla, says the sign. Reubicacion: what does that mean? Not a word he has learned. 
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