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Elizabeth Costello

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ISBN13: 9780142004814
ISBN10: 0142004812
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Awards

Winner of the 2003 Nobel Prize for Literature

Staff Pick

"Elizabeth Costello is as good as fiction gets. Recently awarded the Nobel Prize for literature, J. M. Coetzee has surpassed his already transcendent talent for characterization with this divine portrayal of his most complicated protagonist to date, Australian novelist Elizabeth Costello....As always, Coetzee fills in the details with layer upon layer of spare, exquisite sentences, culminating in a rare and affecting reading experience."
Recommended by Ann E., Powells.com

"Elizabeth Costello is as good as fiction gets. Recently awarded the Nobel Prize for literature, J. M. Coetzee has surpassed his already transcendent talent for characterization with this divine portrayal of his most complicated protagonist to date, Australian novelist Elizabeth Costello....As always, Coetzee fills in the details with layer upon layer of spare, exquisite sentences, culminating in a rare and affecting reading experience."
Recommended by Ann E., Powells.com

Review-A-Day

"The main question in this novel of ideas: What does Costello believe in? [Costello's] given her life over to words ? to the exclusion of her children, her sister, who's a nun in Africa, and who doesn't believe in 'the novel' or anything similarly humanistic ? but even words have betrayed her by the book's overwhelming conclusion." Adrienne Miller, Esquire (read the entire Esquire review)

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

In 1982, J. M. Coetzee dazzled the literary world with the now classic Waiting for the Barbarians. Five novels and two Booker prizes later, Coetzee is a writer of international stature and a novelist whose publication of a new work is heralded as a literary event. Now, in his first work of fiction since the New York Times bestselling Disgrace, he has crafted an unusual and deeply affecting tale.

Elizabeth Costello is a distinguished and aging Australian novelist whose life is revealed through an ingenious series of eight formal addresses. From an award-acceptance speech at a New England liberal arts college to a lecture on evil in Amsterdam and a sexually charged reading by the poet Robert Duncan, Coetzee draws the reader inexorably toward its astonishing conclusion.

Vividly imagined and masterfully wrought in his unerring prose, Elizabeth Costello is, on its 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 that only a writer of Coetzee's caliber could accomplish.

Review:

"Even more uncompromising than usual....It is a resounding achievement by Coetzee and one that will linger with the reader long after its reverberating conclusion." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Elizabeth Costello has real novelistic force. Our pleasure is watching this fascinating woman wrestle with intellectual issues as if they are life-and-death matters — and being convinced, in the end, that they are." Keir Graff, Booklist

Review:

"[D]oes Elizabeth Costello succeed artistically, as a work of fiction? The answer is yes, but more despite its metafictional superstructure than because of it....Coetzee's unflinching exploration of this desolate and strangely beautiful terrain represents the cruelest and best use to which literature can be put." The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Costello's rigid morality and probing intelligence finally illuminate the fundamental question of what it means to be human. An intense and challenging novel; highly recommended." Library Journal

Review:

"[Elizabeth Costello] resonates in the mind long after it has been put aside." John Banville, The Nation

Synopsis:

Nobel Prize winner Coetzee has crafted an unusual and deeply affecting tale of an Australian novelist whose life is revealed through a series of eight formal addresses.

Synopsis:

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, sister, lover, and writer. Yet it is also a profound and haunting meditation on the nature of storytelling.

About the Author

J. M. Coetzee has won many literary awards, including the Nobel Prize, three CNA prizes (South Africa's premier literary award), two Booker prizes, the Prix Etranger Femina, the Jerusalem Prize, the Irish Times International Fiction Prize, and the Commonwealth Writers Prize. He lives in Australia.

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jadelin, June 3, 2010 (view all comments by jadelin)
Elizabeth Costello is a complex, cerebral novel that drew me in like no other work. Coetzee's skill with words assembles a story that expresses his main character, an aging once bestselling novelist, Elizabeth Costello, through a series of lectures and her experiences related to giving these lectures. While there were times when I longed for more of a conventional approach to knowing the characters, this may have been more my own shortcoming rather than any failure on Coetzee's part. This is not a read for everyone. But for those who are intrigued by the experience of enjoying great writing and letting go of conventional expectations of novel reading I believe it is a worthwhile venture.
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megcampbell3, November 2, 2007 (view all comments by megcampbell3)
Proof that the art of literature is thriving—proof that there are still pearls that appear naturally in the vast lakes and oceans of the world—proof that there are needles in haystacks, and they're worth searching for. The last book I read that lingered behind and affected me as much was "The Sea, the Sea", by Iris Murdoch. "Elizabeth Costello" is the first Coetzee book I've read, and I'm very much looking forward to reading more. Perfectly, exquisitely written; this is a book to be read through the ages. An essential read for anyone interested in reading today's compelling literature.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780142004814
Author:
Coetzee, J. M.
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Psychological
Subject:
Authorship
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Letters
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20041026
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 240 pages Penguin Books - English 9780142004814 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

"Elizabeth Costello is as good as fiction gets. Recently awarded the Nobel Prize for literature, J. M. Coetzee has surpassed his already transcendent talent for characterization with this divine portrayal of his most complicated protagonist to date, Australian novelist Elizabeth Costello....As always, Coetzee fills in the details with layer upon layer of spare, exquisite sentences, culminating in a rare and affecting reading experience."

"Staff Pick" by ,

"Elizabeth Costello is as good as fiction gets. Recently awarded the Nobel Prize for literature, J. M. Coetzee has surpassed his already transcendent talent for characterization with this divine portrayal of his most complicated protagonist to date, Australian novelist Elizabeth Costello....As always, Coetzee fills in the details with layer upon layer of spare, exquisite sentences, culminating in a rare and affecting reading experience."

"Review A Day" by , "The main question in this novel of ideas: What does Costello believe in? [Costello's] given her life over to words ? to the exclusion of her children, her sister, who's a nun in Africa, and who doesn't believe in 'the novel' or anything similarly humanistic ? but even words have betrayed her by the book's overwhelming conclusion." (read the entire Esquire review)
"Review" by , "Even more uncompromising than usual....It is a resounding achievement by Coetzee and one that will linger with the reader long after its reverberating conclusion."
"Review" by , "Elizabeth Costello has real novelistic force. Our pleasure is watching this fascinating woman wrestle with intellectual issues as if they are life-and-death matters — and being convinced, in the end, that they are."
"Review" by , "[D]oes Elizabeth Costello succeed artistically, as a work of fiction? The answer is yes, but more despite its metafictional superstructure than because of it....Coetzee's unflinching exploration of this desolate and strangely beautiful terrain represents the cruelest and best use to which literature can be put."
"Review" by , "Costello's rigid morality and probing intelligence finally illuminate the fundamental question of what it means to be human. An intense and challenging novel; highly recommended."
"Review" by , "[Elizabeth Costello] resonates in the mind long after it has been put aside."
"Synopsis" by , Nobel Prize winner Coetzee has crafted an unusual and deeply affecting tale of an Australian novelist whose life is revealed through a series of eight formal addresses.
"Synopsis" by , 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, sister, lover, and writer. Yet it is also a profound and haunting meditation on the nature of storytelling.
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