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Rather, heaven, in this scene, is another concept, like ‘novelis’t and ‘belief’ that the dying mind is struggling with.

And, having read this, I wondered, do I even need to bother reading the book? And for most of the book, she is giving her opinions on different subjects- realism, women’s voice in novels, violence against animals, African novel, Humanity’s future – a study in Christ’s cross vs Mary’s breasts Mary’s breasts wonnature of evil, the impact a book on an evil subject can have on people, mechanics involved when Gods had sex with humans I like the way this woman thinks etc.

Nov 06, Chris rated it it was amazing Shelves: View all 18 comments. It comes in measured words, prompting a dawning awareness. I felt like I was reading a series of essays than a novel. To skip from fictional design and enter the reader’s universe of ideas. Two stars because I agree with the animal rights angle, myself a vegan. Receiving this bit of news from Peter Singer’s commentary Coetzee structures his novel as a series of lectures, each detailing an aged writer’s increasing non-relevance to an English Department that is becoming more and more formulaic.

The book’s introduction by political philosopher Amy Gutmann, and accompanying essay commentaries by Wendy Doniger religion scholarBarbara Smuts primatologistMarjorie Garber literary theoristand Peter Singer moral philosopher and author of Animal Liberation are worth reading and add great value to this book.

The Lives of Animals by J.M. Coetzee

I enjoyed reading about Smuts’ experience with animals, but here again, I don’t believe the essay added very much insight into Coetzee’s work. Unfortunately it doesn’t make for very good reading here.


She is a vegetarian, but doesn’t suggest that for ot This is another Odyssey project reading. 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 Costello, defends her position in public, is answered by those who do not share her ideas, and sometimes even cannot answer. This “letter,” which is about six pages long was eye-opening.

At the end of the book are four responses to Coetzee’s work.

The Lives of Animals

And imagining Elizabeth Costello with Alan Rickmans face simply did not work. Oh my goodness, what a surprise!!!!

Now the literary world says that all sorts of clever things are happening in this book – philosophy, re-engaging with great modern texts on a different level and also the debate in each chapter of a contentious modern issues including animal rights, sexual identity, JM Coetzee has been dazzling the world at large with his literary genius since L’utilizzo dell’alter ego letterario permette a Coetzee di affrontare l’argomento – il rapporto uomo-animale – esponendolo a punti di vista e considerazioni diametralmente opposti: The protagonist barely interacts with others other than speaking at them through her speeches at conferences, and thr I’m not entirely sure what my thoughts on this book really are, other than that I didn’t particularly enjoy it.

His lecturer, Elizabeth Costello, chooses to engage with the philosophies underlying vegetarianism and humane treatment of animals, rather than speak about her own work.

These lectures are tied together minimally with some descriptions of her family and some dialog between characters. Ma suppongo che Coetzee, come la maggior parte degli artisti, preferirebbe non essere MISE EN ABYME In La vita degli animali Coetzee sguazza nella metaletteratura come un ippopotamo nel fiume fangoso, e io con lui, sguazzo e godo da fan della narrativa sulla narrativa quale sono.

Here’s a book that resists, or at least can often appear to resist a single and supreme interpretation. Dec 18, Lucas rated it it was amazing. I just can’t get into this book, Yes J. While there, Costello doesn’t given an expected speech about literary works, but about human-animal relations. Scherp is haar vergelijking tussen de dood van joden in de concentratiekampen en de uitbuiting van dieren in de bioindustrie. We make friends over books.


Refresh and try again. Here, Costello uses “reason” to mean something like “self-awareness” or “advanced consciousness. As in the story of Elizabeth Costello, the Tanner Lecture is followed by responses treating the reader to a variety of perspectives, delivered by leading thinkers in different fields. Peter Singer Goodreads Author Contribution by.

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Here Coetzee presents the topic of human cruelty toward animals through fiction, with fiction writer Elizabeth Costello invited to give a distinguished lecture at a university, and this is her topic of choice. Can I borrow this item? I really disliked this book.

I’ve seen the rave reviews, and obviously I’m not “feelin’ it” right now. Is it possible, I ask myself, that all of them are participants in a crime of stupefying proportions? She didn’t seem human. Recommended to anyone who is interested in how literature challe Coetzee masterfully crafted and delivered a meta-fictional novella based on the heated debates on the rights of Animals at the Third Tanner Lecture sponsored by the Princeton University Center for Human Values.

Recommended to anyone who is interested in how literature challenges the rationale of philosophy. Breaking into the dream draws attention to the constructedness of the story, and plays havoc with the realist illusion.