A Slip of the Keyboard

A Slip of the Keyboard: Collected Non-FictionA Slip of the Keyboard: Collected Non-Fiction by Terry Pratchett
Published: 2014
Length: 315 pages

This is a collection of essays that Terry Pratchett wrote throughout his career. Topics include his writing process, technology, book tour diaries, advice to graduates, how women are portrayed in fantasy, favourite words, and much more – it spans over a quarter of a decade, so it covers a lot. The last third of the book mainly deals with Alzheimer’s and assisted suicide.

I bought this a few days after Terry Pratchett passed away due to Alzheimer’s. I was, without a doubt, going to read this at some point, but I figured that was as apt a time to begin it as any, especially since I was already spending countless hours watching his interviews on YouTube. In the 90’s, I would have given my left ear for a collection like this. I’d read every interview he linked to from his website, and I used to scour the Internet looking for more.

I didn’t want to speed through this, knowing that a second volume wasn’t coming (although I supposed that’s still possible), so I decided to pace out my reading. I binged through about half of it to begin with, and then I limited myself to just a few articles between every other book I read. And even though I kept this going for months, I felt like I went through it too quickly. He had such brilliant insights into everyday things, so every article left me with something to ponder. Anyone who’s read his novels will know how sharp he was, but these articles are his opinions unobstructed by story.

Sorceress? Just a better class of witch. Enchantress? Just a witch with good legs. The fantasy world, in fact, is overdue for a visit from the Equal Opportunities people because, in the fantasy world, magic done by women is usually of poor quality, third-rate, negative stuff, while the wizards are usually cerebral, clever, powerful, and wise.

Pratchett was a fantasy author in a time when fantasy had a terrible reputation. It was on the same level as bodice rippers, mindless flights of fancy with no substance and no place on a serious reader’s bookshelf. And his books were humourous as well, which is a whole new taint. You’re left with the feeling that he spent a lot of time in interviews trying to explain to people that fantasy doesn’t mean a lack of depth. I’ve seen him paraphrase often from G. K. that serious is not the opposite of funny. Not funny is the opposite of funny.

Almost all writers are fantasy writers, but some of us are more honest about it than others.

Pratchett also spent a lot of energy in his last few years campaigning to make assisted dying legal in the UK, something I completely agree with him on, and the last third of the book contains quite a few of his articles on the subject. It’s barbaric to deny someone the right to die in dignity, to force them to live in fear and pain because the idea of death makes us feel a bit icky. It’s no way to treat someone at the end of their life. He’d be happy to know that Canada passed a federal law this year that will make assisted dying legal in 2016. Unfortunately, no such law has been passed in the UK yet.

I can see myself returning to this periodically. In fact, I’ve already re-read a couple articles as I was writing this. I was keeping track of quotes on a bookmark, and have apparently misplaced that, so if nothing else I need to go through this again and keep better track of my favourites. This was such a pleasure to read through. I’d recommend it to everyone, even those not that familiar with his Discworld series.

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September in Review

Books Acquired:
Asian Pickles: Sweet, Sour, Salty, Cured, and Fermented Preserves from Korea, Japan, China, India, and Beyond by Karen Solomon
Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The Double by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde & Other Stories by Robert Louis Stevenson

Books Read:
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Poison Belt by Arthur Conan Doyle
Atonement by Ian McEwan
Saga, Volume 5 by Brian K. Vaughan

The first book in the acquired list this month was a random gift from my girlfriend! A book on pickling that looks fantastic. I love kimchi and pickled radish and hot sauce and anything with a good funk to it, so she picked me up this book to start trying it on my own, knowing full well that I’m going to make her eat weird things because of this. That is a noble sacrifice if ever I’ve seen one.


I’ve already tried one simple recipe, pickled shallots. The nice thing is these recipes are meant to just be in the fridge for a few weeks and not canned, so you don’t have to fuss with boiling jars and all that. I’ve been thinking about incorporating more recipe books here, in an attempt to jumpstart my cooking the same way this blog has impacted my reading, but I’m still thinking about how I’ll do that. Maybe post a few recipes and then review the cookbook as a whole once I’ve sampled it. I’ll think on it a bit.

I mentioned in the last wrap-up, since it was posted late, that we went camping in Tofino. While there, I picked up a copy of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde & Other Stories from Mermaid Tales Bookshop, which is a small bookstore with a great collection. It really felt like they took care in choosing what to stock. I’ve already read Jekyll and Hyde, but this a slick looking edition with stories I haven’t read yet.

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We also spent a day on Salt Spring Island later in the month, where we visited Black Sheep Books. I found the complete collection of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Professor Challenger books that I’m kicking myself a little for not having picked up, but I decided instead to buy a used Penguin Classics edition of The Double and Notes from Underground. It’s a cool shop with a lot of old and unusual collectible books.


Movies watched:
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) – I liked this a lot more than I thought I would. I guess the last couple of movies featuring Wolverine set the bar quite low, but this was really great.

High Fidelity (2000) – I read this last month, and my girlfriend hadn’t seen the movie, so I figured it was a good time to re-watch this. I enjoyed it, but not as much as I remember enjoying it a decade ago. In the book, I feel like a lot of his grief and neurosis stayed in his head, but in the movie Cusack was way more physically erratic. Half the time I was worried he was going to smack his ex-girlfriend.

Spy (2015) – My girlfriend is mildly obsessed with Miranda Hart, so she’s been wanting to watch this for a while now. I thought it was going to be horrible, but it was actually surprisingly funny in parts.

TV watched:
Parks and Recreation: Season 2 (2009/2010) – I think we finished this in August actually, but I forgot to mention it. Great show, great cast, and this season was better than the first. We’re going through this one slow, but we’ll start the third season soon I think. It’s not on Canadian Netflix, so that’s slowing us down.

Portlandia: Season 1,2,3 (2011 – 2013) – It took a while for this show to hook us, I think we were averaging one episode every six weeks, but this month something finally clicked and we burned through every episode on Netflix. It’s rare that a skit show is so on point. Usually you’re wading through a lot of average bits looking for gold, but this show is consistently hilarious.

Games played:
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015) (PC) – I finally beat this! It was great! Let’s never talk of it again!

Hearthstone (2014) (PC) – I became rather obsessed with this for a couple of weeks, but I think I’m over it now. It’s a blast to play, but the matchmaking can be frustrating when you find yourself up against opponents with ridiculously powerful rare cards.

Rocket League (2015) (PS4) – I still play a few rounds on this every couple of days. They expanded the ranked mode now, but without consistent teammates it feels like a bit of a crapshoot.

What have you been reading/watching/playing this month?

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Hyperbole and a Half

Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That HappenedHyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh
Format: Original Graphic Novel
Originally Published: 2013
Publisher: Touchstone
Length: 384 pages

I loved this web comic, and I’m so glad she decided to turn them into a book. I will be buying any future collections that she publishes.

If you’ve been around the Internet a while (and I know you have), you’ve most likely come across either her comics or the memes generated from them. This contains seven new stories, as well as some old favourites, and while the quality does jump up and down throughout, the highs in this comic are very high indeed. She has a great talent for taking those little insecurities and feelings that everyone experiences, the ones we think we’re unique in having, and describing them in a way that is so brilliant and so hilarious.

It’s different from most comics in that it’s more of an essay with illustrations than it is a traditional comic. She will write a story, usually about her childhood, and punctuate it with crudely drawn images. They look as though a kid drew them with MS Paint, and they are perfect in every way.


What’s also great about this, just to gush a little more, is that she tackles real issues. There are two comics that she wrote that became extremely popular, and she’s included them in this collection. They’re about her struggle with depression, and they are incredibly insightful descriptions of the disorder. She was able to succinctly explain something that is so difficult to explain, and she did it in a way that was entertaining and funny while still raising awareness.

Thankfully, her old comics are still available to read, so even if you don’t rush out and buy this now, it’s worth checking them out on her old blog. Some favourites are:

It was a blast to revisit old favourites and a pleasure to get several new comics as part of it. I hoping she’ll come out with another book, even though it’s been a couple of years now. She must be keeping the Alot for the sequel. It’s the only explanation for it not being in this collection.

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The Handmaid’s Tale

The Handmaid's TaleThe Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Published: 1985
Narrated by: Claire Danes
Length: 11:00

As a Canadian bookworm, I really should have gotten to Margaret Atwood years ago. I’ve been a naughty reader, but I’ve now made the first step towards redemption.

I’d been eyeing this audiobook for quite a while now, and it’s been long enough since watching any Homeland that I thought I could listen to Claire Danes narrate this without my mind drifting to Carrie Mathison’s awful life choices or Mandy Patinkin’s beard. I’m happy I picked up this version, because her narration was terrific.

I know why there is no glass, in front of the watercolor picture of blue irises, and why the window opens only partly and why the glass in it is shatter-proof. It isn’t running away they’re afraid of. We wouldn’t get far. It’s those other escapes, the ones you can open in yourself, given a cutting edge.

This novel is a look into a dystopian future where the United States government has been overthrown by Christian fundamentalists and women have been stripped of their rights and dignity. They were cut off from their bank accounts and their jobs, and they exist only to serve men and birth children. They wear robes and cover their faces, they avoid eye contact and interaction with men, they are no longer permitted to read or write, and they live in perpetual fear. Opposing any of this is seen as blasphemy.

We follow Offred (as in, belonging to Fred) as she performs her duties of being a handmaid, which is a surrogate for the child of a commander if his wife is unable to have children. Her worth is decided purely on her ability to provide a child, so every month she prays that it happens. Her old life, and her journey to this stage, is shown in flashbacks throughout the story.

What struck me while reading this was how possible it all felt, that it was so outlandish but at the same time never felt like an impossibility. I realized after finishing that this is exactly how Malala described the actions of the Taliban when they moved in to occupy Pakistan – take a highly pious community, use their religion and fear to manipulate them, and keep them uneducated.

I wait. I compose myself. My self is a thing I must now compose, as one composes a speech. What I must present is a made thing, not something born.

I really loved this. Atwood spends a lot of time gradually explaining the state of this world. As much time, if not more, as she spends telling Offred’s story, but I was still completely transfixed. She did such a great job of setting a solemn tone and placing the reader in this desperate atmosphere, and it was so easy to get absorbed in the writing. In a less capable writer’s hands, the pace of the novel would be an issue, but I found this to be a pleasure to read.

I’m quite excited to read more from Atwood. I love how she plays with the language, yet is still very direct and meaningful in what she writes. I own a selection of shorts by her, Good Bones and Simple Murders, so I’ll likely start with that.

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Sex Criminals, Vol. 2: Two Worlds, One Cop

Sex Criminals, Vol. 2: Two Worlds, One CopSex Criminals, Vol. 2: Two Worlds, One Cop by Matt Fraction
Illustrated by: Chip Zdarsky
Published: 2015
Publisher: Image Comics
Length: 128 pages
Collects: issues #6-10

I wasn’t sure if I was going to carry on with this series after finishing the first volume. It was funny, but I never really felt invested in the story. The final scene did have me curious enough to read on, though.

The series is about a new couple, Jon and Suzie, who discover they both have the same super power – the ability to freeze time when they orgasm. They decided to use this to rob a bank in the first volume, in a sort of not-quite-Robin-Hood scenario, but discovered that they were not the only ones with the power. They were being watched by a kinkier version of a neighbourhood watch.

In this volume, we see more of Jon’s childhood and his current mental health issues, something I found superficial and silly in the last volume but much more interesting here. Their relationship is on the rocks, so they’re less focused on each other and, as a result, a few more characters are properly introduced. The new characters are great and really freshened up the story for me.

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Overall, it felt a lot more interesting to me than the first volume, possibly because it focused more on different relationships and was less of a long-running sex joke. As the collection’s title indicates, there’s still plenty of raunchy humour, but there’s also more depth to the character development and an interesting direction to the plot, which I personally found lacking in the first volume.

I’ll be picking up the third volume to see where this goes. This started off a bit rough for me, but the more I read the more I like it.

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The War of the Worlds

The War of the WorldsThe War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
Published: 1898
Length: 302 pages (huge print, Goodreads lists it as 192 pages)

This one felt good to move off the to-read list. It’s such a major work in science fiction, and it always felt a bit wrong that I hadn’t read it. This is the second H.G. Wells novel I’ve read, the first being The Time Machine, and I’m excited to read more.

Shortly after the main protagonist observes a few explosions on the surface of Mars, extra-terrestrial machines crash into the countryside of England. At first they didn’t seem a threat and raised more confusion than fear. Humans had obviously never seen such a thing, and it took some time for the aliens to stir, so they actually didn’t even know if anything was still living inside. Once the visitors did stir, however, the weeks that followed were hopeless chaos.

“Death!” I shouted. “Death is coming! Death!”

This is the ultimate alien invasion story. Old-school Martians! There’s something jarring, but fantastic, in hearing Martians mentioned in casual conversation at the beginning of the book. It’s such a gloriously dated concept, obviously not something you see anymore, and I really love that.

I also love that this was set in the current day for when it was written, in the late nineteenth century, because dealing with a disaster of this magnitude in that period was a world of difference from how it would be now. When the invasion hit, he couldn’t hop in a car with his wife or call his out-of-town relatives. He had to borrow a horse-drawn carriage to bring his wife to another town at an excruciating slow pace. When he arrived, the neighbouring townsfolk had no idea an invasion was happening just hours away. There was no #martianattack hashtag to follow on Twitter back then.

Sure, the cellular networks may become overloaded and the roads backed up, but at least the world would have some idea of what was happening and potentially be able to offer help. In modern stories, there’s always the hope that over the next hill will be relief workers, the armed forces, or at least someone with a working phone. This setting gave the story an eerie hopelessness that I think modern adaptations and comparable stories often lack.

“This isn’t a war,” said the artilleryman. “It never was a war, any more than there’s war between man and ants.”

I really enjoyed this. I feel like we don’t really see alien stories anymore these days, but maybe I’m not looking in the right places. I also loved how different this was to The Time Machine. I’m not sure which I’ll tackle next, maybe The Invisible Man, but I’m excited to see where else his stories take me.

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August in Review

Books Acquired:
Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
Secondhand Souls by Christopher Moore

Books Read:
Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
A Slip of the Keyboard: Collected Non-Fiction by Terry Pratchett
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
High Fidelity by Nick Hornby

How are we over a week into the month already? Time just slips away these days. We spent last weekend camping in Tofino, which was a little whirlwind of a trip that didn’t offer much downtime, so I didn’t get any reading in during that. It wasn’t a complete waste, as far as bookish concerns go, because I did get to pick up a copy of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Other Stories at Mermaid Tales Bookshop, a cool little store that has a fantastic selection for its size.


This is supposed to be about August, I suppose, but I was sick for a lot of the month and would rather just forget it. We were able to spend a weekend in Vancouver before the plague hit, to visit friends (and Ikea), so there was some fun. I also turned 33, but we can just forget about that as well, thank you.

Christopher Moore released a new novel this month, Secondhand Souls, which is a sequel to the hilarious A Dirty Job. I’m excited to read it, and my local bookstore gets signed copies of his books sent in when they’re released, so I picked up a copy. The cool bit of getting a book signed is meeting the author, so picking up a pre-signed book seems rather silly, but I might as well if I’m going to buy it anyway.


Movies watched:
Snitch (2013) – An incredibly dull movie. We almost stopped watching but decided to wait it out. I’d like to add that this wasn’t my choice…

Much Ado About Nothing (2012) – This was really good, but Amy Acker and Alexis Denisof just didn’t shine the way Emma Thompson and Kenneth Branagh did in the 1993 adaptation.

Safety Not Guaranteed (2012) – We didn’t know what this was going in, but we loved it – bizarre and brilliant. Aubrey Plaza was fantastic.

My Week with Marilyn (2011) – I’ve never been particularly interested in Marilyn Monroe, but this was one of the best movies I’ve seen in a while. Amazing performances all around and a captivating story. Kenneth Branagh (I’m starting to sound like a fanboy now) was particularly great in this.

TV watched:
The Mind of a Chef: Season 3 (2015) – I’ve loved this whole series, and this might be my favourite season so far. It just keeps getting better.

Orange is the New Black: Season 3 (2015) – Really enjoyed this season. I think this show works a lot better when it doesn’t take itself too seriously, which it really started to last season. I enjoyed this one a lot more. Also, Jason Biggs was gone from the show, which was a relief.

Games played:
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015) (PC) – Yup, still playing this.

Rocket League (2015) (PS4) – Also still playing this. I got the platinum trophy earlier this month and haven’t been playing as much since. Still a brilliant game, though.

Dreamfall Chapters: Book Two (2015) (PC) – This one really picked up after the last book. Still not amazing, but at least the story is interesting again.

Heroes of the Storm (2015) (PC) – I briefly got sucked into a MOBA for a week, but I think I’ve managed to escape. It’s a fun game, though, so I could see myself jumping back in now and again, but in a very casual way.

What have you been reading/watching/playing this month?

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1414 by Peter Clines
Published: 2012
Narrated by: Ray Porter
Length: 12:38

I hadn’t really heard anything about this novel before reading it. It kept popping up on my Audible Recommendations, and I was in the mood for some fun science fiction. The reviews were positive and I liked the cover (yes, I judge books by their covers), so I took a chance.

I’m glad I did! This was a lot of fun. It’s a difficult plot to describe without giving anything away, but essentially it’s about a man moving into a new apartment, one with unbelievable rent and included utilities, and he begins to notice a lot of strange things – mutant bugs, perpetually unrented units, abnormal layouts. He learns, after befriending a few neighbours, that his is not the only apartment to have bizarre problems. He then leads some of the building’s residents on an investigation.

This is a great mix of mystery, science fiction, humour, and horror that really kept me interested until the very end. He paces the story perfectly, answering questions without drawing them out too long and having that natural lead to new questions. The way they investigated seemed very natural to me. The characters were just as eager to find answers as I was, which I think is important in this kind of novel. It can be exasperating to have the characters skirt around the portion of the plot you’re interesting in.

There’s a good mix of characters in this, although a few were forgettable. They also seemed a little too convenient for the plot. Everyone’s specialized skill was put to use throughout the story. No matter the problem, someone in the group would luckily be able to cover it, and it all seemed a bit transparent. The novel definitely had some lazy cliché storytelling, to the point where the main characters, multiple times, remarked that what they were doing would be cliché if they were in a bad science fiction movie. You can maybe make that joke once, but if it’s happening multiple times in the novel you need to reconsider a few things.

I’m still not sure I like his writing. It got pretty cheesy a few times, and a lot of the plot elements begin to crumble if you think about them too much, but I found it really entertaining all the way through. I’ll most likely try another of his novels in the future.

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The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress

The Moon Is A Harsh MistressThe Moon Is A Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein
Published: 1966
Narrated by: Lloyd James
Length: 14:12

This is one of Heinlein’s most popular novels and the third of his I’ve read. It’s political science fiction that covers the span of a revolution. The year is 2075 and the moon (Luna) is now a penal colony for the criminals of Earth. The inhabitants live in underground cities, and once exiled it’s not just a life sentence for them, but for the generations that follow as well. Once someone’s on Luna for too long, their bodies have too much trouble adapting to earth’s gravity to return for long periods, so after their sentence is finished they live forever as free men and women on the moon.

I will accept any rules that you feel necessary to your freedom. I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.

It’s a culture without written laws, following the philosophy of ‘there ain’t no such thing as a free lunch’. A perfect case Libertarian society. There are no signed contracts; if you are untrustworthy people just stop working with you. If you cause problems, you’ll find yourself thrown out of an airlock. There are twice as many men as women on Luna, which has resulted in polyandry group marriages and given women a lot of power, so if you treat a woman poorly it’s also an airlock sentence. It’s the wild west in space, in a way.

Don’t explain computers to laymen. Simpler to explain sex to a virgin.

The main protagonist is Manual, a native Loonie (Lunar resident) of Russian heritage. He works as a computer technician after having lost his arm in a drilling accident, giving him the awesome ability to switch his prosthetic arm out for specialty arms when the need arises, and one of his jobs is to maintain the Lunar Authority’s master computer, the HOLMES IV. He is the only one trusted with this maintenance, and therefore becomes the only one to discover that the computer has become sentient. He nicknames him Mike, after Mycroft Holmes.

The Lunar Authority is an exploitative controlling force from Earth that pushes arbitrary regulations to keep the Loonies impoverished. An apposing group had been meeting in secret for some time, but now with control of the moon’s super computer, Manual and two friends decide to head a revolution.

The thing to do with a spy is to let him breathe, encyst him with loyal comrades, and feed him harmless information to please his employers. These creatures will be taken into our organization. Don’t be shocked; they will be in very special cells. ‘Cages’ is a better word. But it would be the greatest waste to eliminate them—not only would each spy be replaced with someone new but also killing these traitors would tell the Warden that we have penetrated his secrets.

Once the revolution starts, the books jumps out to a high-level overview that covers the course of a year or two, and novels always tend to lose me a bit at that stage. I felt the same about Earth Abides, thrown off by the shift in pace and focus. The novel shifts from being a personal story about these three revolutionaries to a thought project on where this would lead, which was interesting as an essay but less so as fiction. I enjoyed reading about how to approach a revolution, how to organize covert cells, and the steps they were taking, but I would have also liked more personal conflict.

That might be the main problem with this – it’s a novel about a revolution that has no real conflict. It never feels like anything is at stake, or that anything is going to go wrong. The biggest surprise in the novel is that there isn’t really a surprise. Everything goes well. There are a couple sad deaths in what is essentially the epilogue, but no one important dies during the revolution. Nothing wrong ever really happens. The sentient super computer that controls the moon and the entire revolution, and has just discovered its sense of humour, somehow doesn’t go evil. It doesn’t even blue screen or have, like, network connectivity issues. Nothing!

Overall I did really enjoy this, but I found I didn’t care about the outcome as much as I wanted to. It was interesting, but it didn’t grab me in any emotional way.

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DisgraceDisgrace by J.M. Coetzee
Published: 1999
Length: 220

This was assigned reading in a literature course I took in my first year of university. I eventually became quite a good student by the time I graduated, but that year I was still in high school mode and as a result never finished this. I’m slowly redeeming myself for the reading sins of my past.

This tells the story of an aging university poetry instructor, David Lurie, who falls into disgrace after having an affair with a student. He ends up leaving his life in Cape Town temporarily to live with his daughter at her small farm in the country. He hopes to take a break from the pain in his life, but he only finds more of it when he leaves the city.

Because a woman’s beauty does not belong to her alone. It is a part of the bounty she brings into the world. She has a duty to share it.

Lurie is misogynistic and racist and borderline sociopathic, but you still want to see things turn out well for him and, more so, his daughter, which is both a testament to Coetzee’s writing and to the extreme difficulties these characters suffer. It can be an infuriating read at times, as characters often act against their own interest in ways that don’t immediately make sense to the reader, usually a major pet peeve of mine, but at least here I can see the characters’ reasoning even if I don’t necessarily agree.

In some ways, Lurie reminding me a lot of Meursault in The Stranger. Both characters live by their own idea of morality, committing horrible acts without regret, and both stand trial and refuse to defend themselves. However, in Meursault’s case, he sees it as immoral to lie about feeling shame. In Lurie’s case, I think publicly apologizing and working with the prosecutors would make him have to face the shame he actually does feel, which he refuses to do even if it means the end of his career. He doesn’t even fully acknowledge his crime in his own head, twisting words to justify it.

Not rape, not quite that, but undesired nevertheless, undesired to the core. As though she had decided to go slack, die within herself for the duration, like a rabbit when the jaws of the fox close on its neck. So that everything done to her might be done, as it were, far away.

This tackles a lot, with a focus on sexual violence and post-apartheid racism. Coetzee really takes the title to heart. It feels like every page of this deals with disgrace in some way. This story could have been a disaster in a lesser writer’s hands, but his writing is fantastic and really pulls you in. It left me with a lot to think about, and the more I do think about it the more layers I notice.

This actually would have been a really interesting book to discuss in a class setting, so I probably screwed up not reading it the first time around. I picked up Life and Times of Michael K at a book sale earlier in the year, so I think I’ll read that one fairly soon.

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