Diary of A Bad Year

Diary of A Bad Year

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Baker & Taylor
Fulfilling a publisher assignment to share his opinion on the state of the world, aging writer Señor C pens a scathing indictment of western leaders, education, and other topics, an endeavor that is marked by his budding relationship with a new assistant.

Blackwell North Amer
Diary of a Bad Year takes on the world of politics and explores the role of the writer in our times with an extraordinary moral compass. At the center of the book is Senor C, an aging author who has been asked to write his thoughts on the state of the world by his German publisher. These thoughts, called "Strong Opinions," address a wide range of subjects and include a scathing indictment of George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and Tony Blair, as well as a witheringly honest examination of everything from Machiavelli and the current state of the university to music, literature, and intelligent design, offering unexpected perceptions and insightful arguments along the way. Meanwhile, someone new enters the writer's life - Anya, the beautiful young woman he hires to type his manuscript. The relationship that develops between Senor C and Anya has a profound effect on both of them. It also changes the course of Anya's relationship with Alan, the successful, swaggering man whom she lives with - and who has designs on Senor C's bank account.

Baker
& Taylor

Fulfilling a publisher assignment to share his opinion on the state of the world, aging writing Seänor C pens a scathing indictment of western leaders, education, and other topics, an endeavor that is marked by his budding relationship with a new assistant.

Publisher: New York : Viking, 2007
ISBN: 9780670018758
0670018759
Branch Call Number: FICTION COETZEE
Characteristics: 227 p.

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olpastel
Aug 05, 2012

Coetzee is sincere in this book and that's refreshing in this dyin age. A very interesting thinker. His thoughts on quietism are comforting and provide company in a strange atomized way, his deliberate compassion makes him relatable. Beyond compare, I would agree with author226's comments (and thanks for providing the run-down).

author226 Nov 15, 2011

Not the common type of book!
Two parallel lines through it: 1. opinions on different matters, such as politics, authors, photographers, children, ageing, water, fire and endless other ones… 2. The acquaintance with a young pretty lady who ...types the old writer’s manuscript. The opinions are at times lengthy compared to what goes on with the lives of the characters but that somehow raises the tension and interest to move through the pages.
As for the storytelling: The STRENGTH of the word is magnificent! And somehow there is the sound of a typewriter (though the computer is what is really used to type the pages) – distant – always existent when reading line upon line… Maybe because of the young woman the writer hires to type his manuscript, maybe because each word sounds so strong it almost hits the paper with the metal fingers of the typing machine…
Definitely a unique signature!

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