This book has you thinking about whether or not to do the right or wrong thing. I liked this book because it talks about how you have to pay a price for everything you do and it will usually end bad for you. The main character, David Lurie, is a professor in Cape Town, South Africa , and decides to start flirting with one of his students and it gets pretty serious. The student then files a complaint against David and he ends up losing his job. He has nothing to do in Cape Town anymore so he decides to go to Salem, South Africa. He has a daughter here, Lucy, who never left home and David decides to stay with her. They end up getting robbed later in the book and Lucy gets raped at this time. These two examples are perfect to describe how if you do something bad and don't live life how your supposed to, then things will come around and be worse. This is why I enjoyed this book a little.


David Lurie

Rough, Worn-out, Masculine

Lucy and Melanie

Flirting, Boring, Complaining

(Cape Town, South Africa) and (Salem, South Africa)

I do not like how he tries to have an affair with his student.


“But the truth, he knows, is otherwise. His pleasure in living has been snuffed out. Like a leaf on a stream, like a puffball on a breeze, he has begun to float towards his end. He sees it quite clearly, and it fills him with (the word will not go away) despair. The blood of life is leaving his body and despair is taking its place, despair that is like a gas, odourless, tasteless, without nourishment. You breathe it in, your limbs relax, you cease to care, even at the moment when the steel touches your throat.”

I like this passage because it talks about despair and how each one of has it. We all hope for things to happen but there has been at least one where you had been hopeless, and that is why I like how J.M Coetzee describes despair in this passage.