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Elizabeth Costello

She refers to a lot of other stories and poems, so if you are not familiar with them, the book may lack some depth. Costello, however revealing they may be, never seem to be all that revealing; because they always come in the service of presenting oneself to the ‘other’. This time through my reaction is much different. Nov 16, Blake rated it it was amazing Shelves: Sia nel primo che nel secondo discorso si intrecciano svariate citazione di filosofi e letterati che danno spessore alle argomentazioni e al racconto stesso conformandolo come perfetto esempio di metaletteratura.

Pa hate talking about novels like they naimali coherent arguments that can be taken apart one piece at a time.

I mean this had everything without meaning much: Collection delivery service resumes on Wednesday 2 January Some of the aniamli of people the Nazis also put into concentration and death camps were homosexuals and disabled people, but they don’t get as much attention. Alienated from her children, her sister, her intellect which she has depended upon through life; a life raft which can be grasped but as years pass the tether slips.


Open Preview See a Problem? Jan 31, Becky Boyle rated it really liked it. This was from the first lecture, entitled “What is Realism?

A quote, perhaps, would clear this up: Non le piace parlare di cose strettamente intime, come il proprio credo o la propria visione del mondo. I hate this fucking book! I don’t think she even knew what she wanted really. Da consigliare soprattutto ai carnivori impenitenti come me: The truth of the matter is that writers are entertainers.

Some books you enjoy and have fun, some are informative, some you admire for their cleverness even though you don’t necessarily enjoy them, I’m afraid, this one doesn’t fall in any of the above categories, despite its intellectual highbrow lectures. It’s good for us.

It is a whole other kettle of fish, after all. Her stay will be memorable.

La vita degli animali : J. M. Coetzee :

At the dinner that follows her first lecture, the guests confront Costello with a range of sympathetic and skeptical reactions to issues of animal rights, touching on broad philosophical, anthropological, and religious perspectives.

View all 7 comments. Rather than an avowal of his own, Coetzee distances the main character from his authorial voice and repeatedly undermines any attempts to identify him finally with his protagonist or his position with hers.

If I can think my way into the existence of a being who has never existed, then I can think my way into the existence of a bat or a chimpanzee or an oyster, any being with whom I share the substrate of life.


View all 18 comments. For its conciseness, it sure knows how to captivate a reader who, quite frankly, must be tired of the same plot formats and modern global concerns on the human condition. Peter Singer moral philosopher writes in semi-fictional dialogue form—a conversation with his daughter—and gives us more of a primer on his basic anumali rights argument than a real digging-into of Costello’s talk. Scherp is haar vergelijking tussen de dood van joden in de concentratiekampen en de uitbuiting van dieren in de bioindustrie.

We do talk about writing though. Only if we listen very closely, might we be able to find them in this dark: The inversion insults the memory of the dead.

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.