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Boyhood: Scenes from Provincial Life



Autobiography/ Memoirs


# Date Publisher Binding Cover
1 1997-00-00 Secker & Warburg  

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Coetzee grew up in a new development north of Cape Town, tormented by guilt and fear. With a father he despised, and a mother he both adored and resented, he led a double life -- the brilliant and well-behaved student at school, the princely despot at home, always terrified of losing his mother"s love. His first encounters with literature, the awakenings of sexual desire, and a growing awareness of apartheid left him with baffling questions; and only in his love of the high veld ("farms are places of freedom, of life") could he find a sense of belonging. Bold and telling, this masterly evocation of a young boy"s life is the book Coetzee"s many admirers have been waiting for, but never could have expected.

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