Slow Man by J.M. Coetzee


Paul Rayment is on the threshold of a comfortable old age when a calamitous cycling accident results in the amputation of a leg. Humiliated, his body truncated, his life circumscribed, he turns away from his friends.

He hires a nurse named Marijana, with whom he has a European childhood in common: hers in Croatia, his in France. Tactfully and efficiently she ministers to his needs. But his feelings for her, and for her handsome teenage son, are complicated by the sudden arrival on his doorstep of the celebrated Australian novelist Elizabeth Costello, who threatens to take over the direction of his life and the affairs of his heart.

My thoughts


I couldn’t finish this book. It started so good, with the promise of a good story. But then as the book progressed the story started taking a take for the worst. In here we meet Paul, a guy who got into a bike accident and ended up losing his leg from knee down. This changed his life for ever. He refused to get a prostatic leg and say he would learn to take care of himself. But welfare wasn’t going to allowed that so they started bringing nurses to take care of him. But when he meet Marijana he became to grow attached to not only her but also her son Drago

I wish I could get my time back. This book was boring and filled with drama. The main character wasn’t even such a great guy. If it wasn’t because I got the book for free I probably would be furious. I was very disappointed with the result.

2.5 out of 5 stars

5 thoughts on “Slow Man by J.M. Coetzee

  1. Sorry to here it wasn’t for you but well done for DNFing. Life’s to short to read books you don’t enjoy.
    Gemma @ Gemma’s Book Review


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