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The Childhood of Jesus

The Childhood of Jesus by J. M. Coetzee
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Sep 03, 2013 | 288 Pages
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Praise for The Childhood of Jesus

“[The Childhood of Jesus] plunges us at once into a mysterious and dreamlike terrain….A Kafka-inspired parable of the quest for meaning itself.”—Joyce Carol Oates, The New York Times Book Review (front page)

“A return to form….[Coetzee’s] most brisk and dazzling book.”—Benjamin Lytal, The Daily Beast

“Compelling—eerie, tautly written.”—Los Angeles Times

“[Coetzee] is a consummate withholder, one of the great masters of the unsaid and the inexplicit.”—The New York Review of Books

“Gripping from the very first page.”—Bookforum

“[Coetzee’s] great talent has always been to make the reader…feel as though he is writing for her alone, challenging her to ask herself the same questions he puts to his characters….The Childhood of Jesus…explores the enduring question of what a just and compassionate world might look like.”—The Nation

“[Coetzee] uses his icy, pitch-perfect prose to create a mysterious, Kafkaesque world….utterly enigmatic.”—Mother Jones (Best Books of 2013)

“[The Childhood of Jesus] is the story of a boy named David….His character is both uniquely and universally profound. In one moment, he is like no child to have ever existed. In the next moment, he captures perfectly the essence of all children, everywhere.”—The Atlantic (Best Books Read This Year)

The Childhood of Jesus—this cryptic, mythic, haunting fable—ranks among J. M. Coetzee’s best.”—The Chicago Tribune

“With this powerful and puzzling novel, Nobel laureate Coetzee…returns to the allegorical focus that defined Waiting for the Barbarians.”—Booklist (starred)

“Captivating and provocative….Coetzee’s precise prose is at once rich and austere, lean and textured, deceptively straightforward and yet expansive, as he considers what is required, not just of the body, but by the heart.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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