La vita degli animali: J. M. Coetzee, A. Gutmann, F. Cavagnoli, G. Arduini: : Books. La vita degli animali: J. M. Coetzee: Books – Available in the National Library of Australia collection. Author: Coetzee, J. M. ; Format: Book; p. ; 20 cm.

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This book by a Nobel Prize, well-known vegetarian, defender of the rights of animals, is very well written and tries to keep an impartial tone where the main character, Elizabeth Vvita, defends her position in public, is answered by those who do not share her ideas, and sometimes even cannot answer.

Furthermore, the postscript–supposedly written to Francis Bacon by an Elizabeth C. Coetzee, invited to Princeton to deliver the prestigious Tanner Lectures on Human Values, presents the lectures as a fictional story with debate and dialogue c A brilliant work by a Nobel laureate in literature and a wonderful book to start the animalii with.

The Lives of Animals

Yes, it was awesome. Marion Bloom was a figment of James Joyce’s imagination. Coetzee, ‘I’m going to hold you to that. To acknowledge and to show the uglier side of his own idealism? Peter Singer Goodreads Author Contribution by.

A solid 4 stars. Yet every day I see the evidences. Byatt’s The Biographer’s Tale, I am struck by the similar theme of writers losing the ability to be sustained by words and images, needing instead things.


My biggest gripe with this – whatever it is, as I can’t quite call it a novel – is that I never really understood who Elizabeth Costello was, the person, not the intellectual automaton. At the dinner that follows her first lecture, the guests confront Costello with a range of sympathetic and skeptical reactions to issues of animal rights, touching on broad philosophical, anthropological, and religious perspectives. The very people I suspect produce the evidence, exhibit it, offer it to me.

Now, I mostly found most of it irritating. Perhaps it should have a pre I’ve come to one of those rare moments when lx a novel when I know that I’m about to deeply offend somebody with my review. There is no limit to the extent to which we can think ourselves into the being of another.

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The final lesson, “At the Gate”, is a dream-like sequence in which Costello is somehow being judged and is required to explain her beliefs. Feb 18, Jade rated it it was ok Shelves: Costello later spoke of the deeper, human, role the novelist could embody. Who else can create an entire detailed and therefore, poetic, rich, amazing In the letter and in Coetzee’s excerptChandos talks of how things – tangible things – are all that can provide meaning and, to his wife, “rapture.

In the Library Request this item to view in the Library’s reading rooms using your library card. Sure, there’s a lot of cerebral stuff to talk about with this book.

Elizabeth Costello

Everyone else comes to terms with it, why can’t you? Sono una scrittrice e scrivo quello che ascolto. In all, it’s good food for thought. See what’s been added to the collection in the current 1 2 3 4 5 6 weeks months years. We tell stories about humans, but not Humanity, and certainly not the Humanities.


Anyway, the last part is where Costello, now dead, finds herself on the threshold of world beyond and denied entry because she has kept refusing to ever have any kind of belief – showing that she saw herself as divorced from things she believed in. This is at least the standpoint of Coetzee. Her topic of choice is our treatment of animals.

Nov 16, Blake rated it it was amazing Shelves: This pursuit, which cost me a mere couple of hours, retrieved the book for me and provided a structure and meaning that I had initially mi Directly upon finishing Elizabeth Costello, I was ready to concede that I didn’t know what the heck I had just read. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Jul 20, Izlinda rated it liked it Shelves: Ai personaggi di Coetzee si addice l’esitazione che paralizza o stizzisce.