Author: J M Coetzee
Number of Pages: 272
LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE A New York Magazine Best Book of the Year From the Nobel Prize-winning author J. M. Coetzee, the haunting sequel to The Childhood of Jesus, continuing the journey of Dav d, Sim n, and In s "When you travel across the ocean on a boat, all your memories are washed away and you start a completely new life. That is how it is. There is no before. There is no history. The boat docks at the harbour and we climb down the gangplank and we are plunged into the here and now. Time begins." Dav d is the small boy who is always asking questions. Sim n and In s take care of him in their new town, Estrella. He is learning the language; he has begun to make friends. He has the big dog Bol var to watch over him. But he'll be seven soon and he should be at school. And so, with the guidance of the three sisters who own the farm where Sim n and In s work, Dav d is enrolled in the Academy of Dance. It's here, in his new golden dancing slippers, that he learns how to call down the numbers from the sky. But it's here, too, that he will make troubling discoveries about what grown-ups are capable of. In this mesmerizing allegorical tale, Coetzee deftly grapples with the big questions of growing up, of what it means to be a "parent," the constant battle between intellect and emotion, and how we choose to live our lives.