Elizabeth Costello

Elizabeth Costello Since J M Coetzee has been dazzling the literary world After eight novels that have won among other awards two Booker Prizes and most recently the Nobel Prize Coetzee has once again crafted

  • Title: Elizabeth Costello
  • Author: J.M. Coetzee
  • ISBN: 9780142004814
  • Page: 365
  • Format: Paperback
  • Since 1982, J M Coetzee has been dazzling the literary world After eight novels that have won, among other awards, two Booker Prizes, and most recently, the Nobel Prize, Coetzee has once again crafted an unusual and deeply affecting tale Told through an ingenious series of formal addresses, Elizabeth Costello is, on the surface, the story of a woman s life as mother, sSince 1982, J M Coetzee has been dazzling the literary world After eight novels that have won, among other awards, two Booker Prizes, and most recently, the Nobel Prize, Coetzee has once again crafted an unusual and deeply affecting tale Told through an ingenious series of formal addresses, Elizabeth Costello is, on the surface, the story of a woman s life as mother, sister, lover, and writer Yet it is also a profound and haunting meditation on the nature of storytelling.

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    1. J.M. Coetzee

      John Maxwell Coetzee is an author and academic from South Africa He is now an Australian citizen and lives in South Australia A novelist and literary critic as well as a translator, Coetzee has won the Booker Prize twice and was awarded the 2003 Nobel Prize in Literature.

    827 thoughts on “Elizabeth Costello”

    1. It becomes increasingly difficult to achieve originality after everything has been done (& then overdone). I cannot help but compare this masterpiece (I love using that word, but it must be noted that only a select few books are labeled by me as such) to the Pulitzer-winning "Olive Kitteridge." Because it is the author's intent to sieve through snippets of the titular character's life to reach an essence, an aura, making the fictional person practically real, they are quite comparable (thoug [...]


    2. رواية فكرية جدلية يناقش فيها جى ام كوتزي كثير من الأفكار والقضايابحث في الجوانب الفكرية والفلسفية لموضوعات مختلفة الرواية على شكل سلسلة من المحاضرات والسفر واللقاءات للكاتبة اليزابث كستلو كستلو روائية استرالية تقترب من السبعين وهي شخصية محيرة وأفكارها متناقضة إلى حد ما م [...]


    3. Elizabeth Costello is Coetzee's alter ego. 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 won), nature 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. S0me of these are given as lectures, the content of which [...]


    4. It's not often that I come across an author who summarizes my views on several trying quandaries in one teeny 230 page novel. It was, to me, life changing. This is not a book you should approach without some sort of foreknowledge about the subject matter or about Coetzee himself. "A steely intellect" they say, and it is true. So steely that it can be trying at times. That is why some sort of mental preparation is required. It is written in almost an essay format, switching from internal points o [...]


    5. JM Coetzee has been dazzling the world at large with his literary genius since 1982. JM Coetzee has been baffling me with his books since last year when i first started reading them. The bafflement continues with Elizabeth Costello. 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, [...]


    6. I'm not entirely sure what my thoughts on this book really are, other than that I didn't particularly enjoy it.It doesn't really feel like a novel, instead at times more like a particularly pompous academic paper, or an exercise in technique. It is filled with monologues - external in the earlier part, and internal in the latter, all of which revolve around ideas or philosophies. The protagonist barely interacts with others other than speaking at them through her speeches at conferences, and thr [...]


    7. For maybe 3/4ths of the novel, Elizabeth Costello is an aging writer who goes around giving somewhat harangue-ing speeches to people (a university awarding her a prize, her sister, cruise ship guests, an academic conference) in which she adopts unpopular/counterintuitive positions and then does a rather poor job, logically speaking, of defending them, until she eventually gets frustrated and falls into abstraction, followed by polite clapping from her audiences, all of whom presumably expected h [...]


    8. I am beyond time's envious grasp, our eponymous character says in this book, and I know what she means, some evenings I feel it; but we don't talk like that that around here. We talk, too, about not eating meat, but we don't bring Kafka into the discussion. We tell stories about humans, but not Humanity, and certainly not the Humanities.Elizabeth Costello, in this book, is an old woman, and a writer. She would define herself as a writer. Yet in this book she does not write. She lectures, to audi [...]


    9. A re-read. 3.5-4.0I have to do a lot of thinking about whether it is worth doing another review.So good for that! At 2:30 this morning I realized I had to write about this book to understand what, it has meant to me. A solid 4 stars.A damming take down of the intellect, the intellectual. Poor bereft Elizabeth Costello,aged and aging. 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 [...]


    10. كاتب يكتب روية تكون بطلتها الرئيسة كاتبة (غريبة الأطوار) أول لنقل مؤلفة متميزة , المهم يتقمص الكاتب دور هذه المؤلفة لينسج لنا حياة تخصها , أرى أنها رواية متميزة , فقد اعتمدت أسلوب أشبه بالتقارير الإخبارية والسير الذاتية ليُنتج لنا العمل .عمل واقعى جدا , حياتى للغاية , يصف لك أحد [...]


    11. An internationally respected Australian writer in her mid-sixties, Elizabeth Costello is known primarily for her fourth book, The House on Eccles Street, in which she took a minor character from Joyce's Ulysses, Marion Bloom, and created the kind of novel people are still talking about today. That novel was published nearly thirty years ago; now it's 1995 and Elizabeth Costello has arrived in Pennsylvania to accept the Stowe Award, worth $50,000, from Altona College. Her son John, a physics and [...]


    12. بعد أن أنهيت الرواية شعرت بالحيرة و الارتباك إذ شعرت بأنه أسقط في يدي و لا أدري ما أقول أو بم خرجت من الرواية من فكرة! هذا التشتت الذي انتابني ليس جراء البراعة الأدبية و الحبكة المذهلة و إنما نتيجة تشتت أفكار البطلة أو بالأحرى الراوي كوتزي من ورائها الذي ينفث عبرها حيرته و تشت [...]


    13. "Credo nell'insopprimibile spirito umano. [] Credo che l'umanità sia una cosa sola. Tutti quanti sembrano esserne convinti, sembrano crederci. Perfino lei ci crede, di tanto in tanto, quando è dell'umore giusto."Per chiunque si sia chiesto perché Coetzee è un premio Nobel, esiste questo libro. Era da molto tempo che non mi capitava tra le mani un libro che richiedesse la mia totale attenzione; ma sin dalle prime righe mi sono resa conto che le scarse 200 pagine di Elizabeth Costello non dico [...]


    14. هذه الرواية صادمة من حيث الشكل الكتابي والبنائي، ومن ناحية أخرى، فهي مفخخة بالمساجلات والجدل والمناظرات التي تدور في أروقة ومحافل المثقفين والأكاديميين والدارسين الذين تحل " إليزابيث كستلو " ضيفة عليهم. إذا كنت تريد قراءة رواية مكونة من أحداث وتصاعد درامي وحبكة، بحسب البنا [...]


    15. Directly upon finishing Elizabeth Costello, I was ready to concede that I didn't know what the heck I had just read. The book had a tangible emotional impact on me, but I was at a loss to explain what Coetzee was after, what his meaning was. I was at the point of assigning this to the pile of the unfathomable, but there was one thing I wished to pursue first. This pursuit, which cost me a mere couple of hours, retrieved the book for me and provided a structure and meaning that I had initially mi [...]


    16. To understand and like this Elizabeth Costello novel, you must know that it is a comedy. Uproariously funny.


    17. BLECH. As if Elizabeth Costello wasn't unlikable enough, with her mopey, childishly selfish late life "Oh, it's hard to be a respected writer" angst, Coetzee also puts her in this really blase framework where she basically pontificates at her audience, and by extension, us the readers. This wouldn't be such a problem, and her dogged critiques of rationalism/the enlightenment/carnivores could be palatable (could in fact be quite devastating), if it wasn't for the fact that they come across as the [...]


    18. This is a re-read for me. My first time through (soon after publication) I remember being mystified. I struggled with Elizabeth Costello as a main character and Coetzee's "talky" approach to her life as a writer. This time through my reaction is much different. This is a novel of ideas; Coetzee states that from the first. And the ideas--the knottiness of them, the weight they cast upon EC in the waning years of her life--were of great interest to me. I, too, am aging, and questions regarding the [...]


    19. "Sono una scrittrice, commercio in finzioni. Sono una scrittrice e scrivo quello che ascolto. Sono una segretaria dell’invisibile"Uno scritto estremamente originale che vien da definire romanzo - saggio.Attraverso sei lezioni/dissertazioni Coetzee per il tramite della anziana scrittrice Elisabeth Costello (alter ego dell'autore nella finzione narrativa) si apre, si espone, si sbilancia, si rammarica e compone una sorta di testamento spirituale sulle tematiche legate alla vita e alla letteratu [...]


    20. The lecture as a species of the novel? And this academic invasion works? I've read two novels of this kind. One was this novel by J. M. Coetzee, constructed out of its novelist character's lectures which were, in large part, transcribed verbatim in the text. The other was Never Any End to Paris by Enrique Vila-MatasSome sections of Elizabeth Costello's lectures were paraphrased, other "extraneous" writings or events in the book were merely glossed over, dismissed with a stylistic flourish. Here' [...]


    21. For the most part, Coetzee's novel is great at attempting to understand the Australian novelist in a moment of globalization. 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 last chapter and the postscript were abit of a mystery to me. It seems that Coetzee sometimes wants to throw in a little postmodern sensibility to his novels even when such a disposition doesn [...]


    22. I just can't get into this book, Yes J.M. Coetzee can write well but so what, this book just comes of as smug and elitist, none of the charactors are remotely likeable, and the story if there is even one is about a writer that goes around and talks about writing, the state of writing in today's world, blah, blah,fucking, blah. This is a literature essay masquerading as an important work of fiction.I hate this fucking book!


    23. يقول كويتزي في الفصل الأول من هذه الرواية على لسان احدى الشخصيات ان الواقعية تعني ان الافكار لا وجود مستقل لها، وان وجودها يكون من خلال المحسوس: الشخصيات، الاحداث، الحوارات.هذه الرواية، انما تتخذ شكل الرواية ظاهرا، وهي في حقيقتها نقاشات جدلية تطرح (من خلال الشخصيات، الحوارا [...]


    24. Here's a book that resists, or at least can often appear to resist a single and supreme interpretation. Ambiguity - I'm in. My take on what is happening through what is mostly a series of speech-giving events (each more or less one part intriguing philosophical debate, one part silly human bickering) is that the book is a sort of delineation on the sad complexity that is aging as a novelist/intellectual, our protagonist Elizabeth Costello. Concurrently with the freedom of 'not giving a fuck,' is [...]


    25. I've come to one of those rare moments when finishing a novel when I know that I'm about to deeply offend somebody with my review. To those individuals I appologise, please except that it is probably in ignorance that I do so. However, this is my review.I feel this book should be great, especially as I read it because it is on the 1000 books to read before you die lists (or something similiar). I took to the book as a novel however, and do not feel it fits this role. Perhaps it should have a pre [...]


    26. Un po' saggio ed un po' racconto, se fosse un film sarebbe un "mockumentary". La scrittrice Elizabeth Costello (alter ego di Coetzee stesso), si concede con generosità anche se controvoglia alle liturgie letterarie (convegni, premi, lectiones magistrales , interviste) che Coetzee invece ha sempre evitato, e difende con forza le proprie convinzioni dall'assalto delle banalità e dei conformismi degli interlocutori di turno.Siccome si tratta di "lezioni" la scrittrice che parla di se stessa guard [...]


    27. i bought this book for cheap on a sales shelf. sometimes there is reason for that-- that just no one really wants to read it. another book that i kind of dragged myself through, i'm not sure to what end. i guess i have never recovered from assigned reading, & knowing no matter how much i hate a book, there WILL be a test. this book is super plodding and ultimately very dissatisfying in terms of plot, character, the meat of life, or giving a shit about anything in it. there are some philosoph [...]


    28. Oh, Elizabeth Costello, there were so many things I liked about your book: your struggle to figure out what you believe in, how you distastefully equated the Holocaust with the human desire to kill and eat animals, how poorly you treated your children.But man. Could you have spiced up the dialog just a little?The cover of "Elizabeth Costello" promises to reveal that character of this fictional writer through a series of speeches and dialogs. Some -- particularly the TWO very awkward speeches she [...]


    29. 3,5 / 5Un libro que, leído en otras circunstancias (no a cuatro días de mi examen de literatura), hubiese disfrutado más."Elizabeth Costello" tiene ideas muy interesantes, a la par que enrevesadas, pero esto mismo obliga al lector a implicarse y tomar un papel activo en la historia, dificultando su lectura pero convirtiéndola a su vez en una interesante experiencia. El problema es que hay ocasiones en las que he sentido que el autor solo quería rizar el rizo, además de añadir un par de ca [...]


    30. An intellectual potboiler. A series of fictionalized essays, it̕s a great accomplishment, the book of Coetzee̕s that grabbed me the most and never let me go, even though it had all the possibility of being inconsistent, considering that its essays are related not by ideas, but by characters.It wasn̕t so much the topics that interested me -- realism (hardly at all), the African novel (somewhat), animal rights (to an extent), the problem of evil (yes and no), eros (of course), and what follows [...]


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